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In Photos: A Strong, Healthy Start to Life in Kenya

In Kenya, about six percent of all adults are living with HIV/AIDS.

Plan International, with funding from the Hilton Foundation, has been working to reach children from an early age to ensure a strong, healthy start to life.

Since 2015, Plan International USA has been implementing a second phase of the Community-Led Action for Children (CLAC2) project, focusing on children in communities affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Scroll through the photos to see how CLAC2 is improving the lives of children and communities.

Plan International USA is educating parents about the importance of early childhood care and development.

CLAC2 educates parents and caregivers to help them understand the importance of early childhood development.

In Kenya, only 84 percent of primary school-aged children are enrolled in school.

CLAC2 emphasizes the importance of education. In Kenya, only 84 percent of primary school-aged children are enrolled. The primary school enrollment ratio is only 84 percent.

Plan's Early Childhood Care and Development Centers are ensuring that children remain in school.

School and community ECCD activities are increasing the percentage of children entering primary school on time and those staying in school.

Community-supported early learning programs are the heart of the CLAC 2 program.

Child-centered and community-supported early learning programs are at the heart of CLAC2.

The project supports the community to create safe sustainable structures for child care.

The project supports communities to create safe, locally sustainable structures for early child care.

Plan International USA works with communities to recruit and train teachers and volunteer caregivers.

Plan assists communities to recruit, support, and train teachers or volunteer caregivers.

CLAC2 uses referral programs, community garden training, and feeding programs to keep children healthy and engaged in school.

CLAC2 also helps communities successfully refer children who need health, nutrition, protection, or other services; and it promotes school gardens and feeding programs to keep children healthy and engaged in their learning.

The goal of CLAC2 is to create long-term safety nets and social protection for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The project aims to produce long-term safety nets and social protection for children, particularly those affected by AIDS.

Plan staff work actively to support the development of government policies that sustain these efforts.

It is important to integrate the principles of CLAC2 programming into government policy and local partnerships. Plan staff work actively to support the development of policies that sustain these efforts.

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