Since the Afghan Taliban took control earlier this month, the situation in Afghanistan remains tense and the future of the country uncertain. In the violence that characterised recent weeks, countless innocent men, women and children were driven from their homes, injured or killed. The conflict also destroyed peoples' homes, shops and hospitals. The hospitals that remain standing are still treating people wounded by the conflict, with little resources left.

Forest Healthcare are working with Afghanaid to support those families whose lives have been affected. This includes the continued and increased support of the refugee exodus and ensuring that the funding flows of aid resume and increase, so that NGOs can continue important development work, as well as delivering the immediate humanitarian assistance that is so urgently needed.

Over the past year, Afghanaid has worked with the UN to help over a thousand families displaced by the conflict and have the expertise to expand this work if the funds are available. Right now, they are mobilising materials and staff to prepare to deliver emergency support to families whose lives have been destroyed or uprooted by the recent conflict. This includes providing:

• Emergency shelter and financial support so families can keep a roof over their heads;
• Kitchen kits so that they can cook and safely store food;
• Hygiene kits including towels, laundry soap and hand soap;
• Items such as solar-powered lamps, stoves and gas cylinders;
• Emergency food parcels;
• Blankets and the support they need to heat their homes and keep their families warm.

We are asking Forest Healthcare employees to complete a 5k anyway and support this cause. A 5k anyway is a unique opportunity to complete a 5K anyway you like. Run, walk, swim, bike, row - the choice is yours!

Thank you for your donation. Together, we can make a real difference to these people.

Donate today to support families who need it most. Chris Salter