We need your help to protect and support at-risk families in Afghanistan during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as our staff who are on the frontline working incredibly hard to help people make it through this crisis.

What is the situation in Afghanistan?

Cases are now increasing rapidly in Afghanistan and COVID-19 is taking its grip on the country. The escalation of community transmission in recent weeks is creating grave implications for a country already struggling with deep seated poverty, long-running conflict and an extremely fragile health system. Inadequate health facilities, food insecurity and a lack of basic services, including access to clean water and sanitation, remain a serious problem in many areas across Afghanistan. These daily challenges are only magnified by the spread of COVID-19 and, with many cities on lockdown, millions are suffering from the economic implications.

All of our lives have been affected by this pandemic but, whilst we are all in this together, it does not affect all of us equally. It is undeniable that poverty makes crises like COVID-19 worse. Over half the population in Afghanistan lives below the poverty line and the spread of the virus poses a serious threat to their ability to cope. The cost of basic essentials have increased dramatically and an estimated 14 million people are likely facing emergency levels of food insecurity throughout the country. Women and girls are struggling to access sanitary items during the lockdown, due to their limited access to markets. Families living on the edge desperately need your support.

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What are we doing?

Like everyone else, we've had to adapt to one of the most challenging moments in recent history, but we're still on the ground, supporting communities in some of the most remote and hard-to-reach areas of the country. With the help of personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and that of the communities we serve, our teams have been adapting our existing work, as well as providing safe work opportunities for vulnerable families, setting up hand-washing stations, distributing hygiene kits for families, providing food support, and disseminating information and advice about Coronavirus, hygiene, and social distancing.

The secondary effects of the virus and prolonged lock-downs will hit vulnerable communities in Afghanistan hard, where there is no social safety net, no furlough scheme and no other options. If you cannot grow food to feed your families, and you can no longer afford to buy it because the prices have gone up, then you have nowhere to turn. We need your help to ensure we can get ahead of these secondary effects and help get families through this crisis.

What can you do?

There are two key ways you can help the people of Afghanistan:

1. Make a donation 2. Join our team of At Home Heroes 

We're working incredibly hard to protect vulnerable communities in Afghanistan during this Coronavirus crisis. During challenging times, donations from our supporters are an absolutely vital resource for Afghanaid, and will help to ensure we can continue to reach those who need it most, and provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable. Any support you can give, no matter how small or large, is hugely appreciated at this difficult time. 

How will your contribution help?

The people of Afghanistan need immediate, simple but very effective health responses. We are asking you to be a part of this essential response.

For example, you can help:

  • provide emergency assistance to those in desperate situations;
  • support a vulnerable family with emergency food;
  • buy protective equipment for staff so that they can continue to work;
  • buy thermometers to ensure those who are working are healthy and safe to do so;
  • set up hand washing stations in remote areas;
  • enable our staff to spread vital information and advice in remote areas;
  • provide essential hygiene kits for families across the country;
  • buy men, women and children face masks and protective gloves so they can best protect themselves.

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