How We Help What We Do Basic Services We deliver basic services such as community infrastructure, clean water and sanitation, and education; essential to long-term development and breaking the cycle of poverty. Following decades of conflict, the Afghan government’s ability to provide these services is limited. Afghanaid plays an important role in filling these gaps for the people of Afghanistan. In 2020, we worked with over one million, four hundred and eighty-six thousand men and women across Afghanistan to deliver basic services to their communities. Community Infrastructure We invest in community infrastructure that strengthens livelihoods, such as by irrigating land and building roads and bridges which link remote communities to markets; we improve community health by building hospitals and clinics; and we bring electricity to villages by building hydropower schemes. Over the last three years, we have built over 54 kilometers of roads, linking remote communities to markets, medical services and schools. We have also built more than 500 micro-hydro and solar power plants, bringing electricity to remote villages. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene We reduce preventable sickness and death by improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, and by raising awareness of good hygiene practices in communities and schools. For example, we recently delivered a three-year project to deliver clean water, sanitation infrastructure and hygiene education to villages and schools in Samangan province, reaching over 66,000 vulnerable people. The project resulted in: A reduction in the under-5 mortality rate from 160 deaths per 1000 children to 70 deaths per 1000 children. Improved school attendance as a result of fewer days missed due to sickness. Improved school attendance particularly among teenage girls due to the provision of proper, private toilets facilities. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Afghanistan, we have been providing vital access to hygiene equipment, PPE and hand-washing facilities for remote, rural communities to help curb infection. So far, we have reached over 10,800 people with this vital assistance. READ MORE ABOUT OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE Education We enable better access to education in poor and remote rural areas by building schools which are fit for purpose for girls and boys alike. This includes the provision of toilets, water wells, desks and chairs. In the last five years, we have built 27 new schools and run 580 literacy training courses for women. As well as providing services, we have established and continue to support over 3,750 community development councils to strengthen the capacity of communities to better manage their own development; improving the ability of vulnerable groups to access services, supporting local government to be more responsive to the needs of citizens.