Afghanaid responds to disasters ranging from natural disasters to conflict and humanitarian emergencies: immediately delivering cash assistance or providing food, clean water, shelter, and sanitation services to the most vulnerable families. We then support communities in their efforts to recover by rebuilding homes and infrastructure, renovating productive land and revitalising livelihoods.

Following the Taliban takeover in 2021, Afghanistan suffered severe economic contractions, forcing many Afghans into poverty. The compounding effects of economic collapse, tightening restrictions on women and girls, withdrawal of much international funding and recurrent natural disasters has left millions of people across Afghanistan trapped in a severe and complex humanitarian crisis, with over 28 million in need of urgent humanitarian relief. 

 Urgent Relief 

To meet the unprecedented need across the country, our teams quickly mobilised to urgently scale up our humanitarian programming, and have continued to deliver lifesaving support as the humanitarian crisis continues. Alongside our development projects, we meet vulnerable families' emergency needs: from August 2021 to December 2022, we were able to reach over 1.7 million men, women, boys, and girls across Afghanistan with humanitarian assistance, providing critical support during a time of severe crisis.

Additionally, to directly respond to food insecurity caused by concurrent crises in the country. In 2022 we supported more than 342,000 people with emergency food packages, with thousands more households benefitting from unconditional cash distributions, allowing them to buy food and other vital necessities. We also supplied 2 month’s worth of supplemental food to over 85,879 babies and children under five, helping mothers and fathers tackle malnutrition and prevent stunting in vulnerable children. 


 Shelter and Winterisation Support

Many families displaced by natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods have no choice but to live in tents or makeshift homes inside incomplete buildings, leaving them particularly vulnerable during Afghanistan’s bitter, icy winters, especially in the Central Highlands. In the winter of 2021, we supported 5,678 internally displaced people, returnees, refugees and non-displaced, conflict-affected women, men and children to get through the colder months. We provided 10,111 drought-affected families with cash assistance so they could purchase heaters, medicine and food to meet their critical daily needs. 

The ongoing economic crisis has also made it extremely difficult for families with homes to be able to afford heating equipment over the winter months, leaving children and older family members particularly vulnerable to the freezing temperatures. In 2022, we supported over 22,000 people with winterisation support, including items such as blankets, heaters, fuel and winter clothes.

How you can help:

Unfortunately, as international focus on the situation in Afghanistan wanes, more and more families are in need of our support.

By standing with the people of Afghanistan and donating to our work, you can ensure the most vulnerable in society receive the urgent help they require, assisting them to rebuild their lives and envisage a better future.

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