1980s: The Beginning

Afghanaid was set up as a British charity in 1983 to provide assistance to Afghans in hardship and distress. We opened our first office in Peshawar, Pakistan, to provide emergency relief to those fleeing Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War. Read more

1990s: From Relief to Rehabilitation

Afghanaid continued to provide emergency relief to people affected by conflict and natural disaster in the 1990s, but also began to focus on the rehabilitation of infrastructure and rural development. Read more

2000s: Communities Take the Lead

Despite the fragile security situation after the 9/11 attacks, considerable efforts were made to continue our programmes throughout this period. In 2003, Afghanaid became a facilitating partner of the National Solidarity Programme. This formed the backbone of our work for the next thirteen years. Read more

2010s: Women and Water

Building on its long experience of bringing drinking water to communities, Afghanaid made Water, Sanitation and Hygiene a key element of its strategy in 2010. Afghanaid also significantly stepped up its women's empowerment work in this period. Read more