can provide hygiene and water storage kits for a displaced family in Afghanistan
can provide a food pack for a displaced family in Afghanistan for a month
can provide a displaced family with emergency shelter in Afghanistan
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Afghanistan has been ravaged by conflict for decades, political insecurity and a third wave of Covid-19 has left millions of people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Now drought has left 14 million people facing a food crisis.

Our teams on the ground have distributed 13,061 food packs to the most vulnerable families in Kabul, Nangarhar, Balkh, Bamiyan, and Kapisa provinces. Qurbani meat distributions to over 10,000 families have also been carried out.

Our Covid-19 response in Afghanistan has reached over 308,514 people, and we continue to raise awareness and support women facing gender-based violence.

Living standards in Afghanistan are amongst the lowest in the world. The effects of years of war, ongoing instability and natural disasters have placed Afghanistan in an incredibly precarious position.

Afghanistan remains incredibly vulnerable to humanitarian disasters as a result of floods, droughts and earthquakes. Combined with a mountainous landscape, the country – which is heavily dependent upon farming – is massively at risk.

What’s more, communities are struggling to recover from the effects of war and with such a fragile economy, the challenge faced by Afghanistan’s vast youth population is huge.

Sadly, 1 in 2 Afghan children are out of school due to conflict, poverty and both ethnic and gender-based discrimination. What’s more, around 8% of children are engaged in child labour, working in agriculture, carpet weaving, domestic work, construction, drug trafficking and even subject to sexual exploitation or forced into conflict.

Poverty is so rife, it kills more people than direct fatalities resulting from conflict, with over half of the population living below the poverty line.

For many people in Afghanistan, life can be extremely challenging:

  • 54% of the population are living in poverty (UN World Food Programme, 2017)
  • 1 in 4 Afghans of working age are unemployed (UNDP, 2021)
  • Afghanistan hosts more than 2.6 million refugees – including those returning home, asylum seekers and internally displaced people (UNHCR, 2019)
  • 41% of children suffer from stunted growth (UN World Food Programme, 2021)

Islamic Relief in Afghanistan

Islamic Relief started working in Afghanistan in 1992, and we set up our first permanent office in 2001 in response to the conflict.

We have worked in a number of areas, from food provision (working with the UN’s World Food Programme) and water and sanitation to education and orphan support and seasonal programmes like Ramadan and Qurbani distributions.

Women and children learning English with Islamic Relief. 

We have supported Afghans to gain the chance of a better future through education and livelihoods support, with a particular focus on marginalised and highly vulnerable groups including women and drug-affected families. We have run projects to enable women to set up weaving businesses within their own homes, and additionally run a successful village-based treatment and rehabilitation programme in the Balkh province, calling for an expanded national programme to tackle drug abuse. Our sustainable projects on the ground are therefore working to empower communities and provide stable sources of income for the long term.

Women and children learning English with Islamic Relief.

We currently provide emergency assistance to refugees, especially in the harsh and bitter winters, providing essential food and blankets to help families survive. We also train staff on the ground to build an effective response to disaster and protect vulnerable communities over the long-term.

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