We're raising money for this wonderful cause and I'd love your support! For close to 40 years, Afghanaid has worked with millions of vulnerable Afghans across Afghanistan, providing them with the training and tools they need to help themselves, their families and their communities.

Since the Afghan Taliban took control of the country in August, the future of Afghanistan remains uncertain. In the violence that characterised this year, countless innocent men, women and children were driven from their homes, or injured and killed in armed clashes, airstrikes, detonations of improvised explosive devices and shelling. The conflict also destroyed peoples' homes, shops and hospitals. The hospitals that remain standing are still treating people wounded by conflict, with little resources left for other things.

Since the start of 2021, over half a million people in Afghanistan have fled their homes, settling in communities that were already at breaking point. Now hundreds of thousands of families are stuck, with no home and no belongings, in dangerous situations somewhere across the country. Many are still attempting to leave altogether. Many will not be able to. Now, with the banking system in freefall, and food shortages worsening, the people of Afghanistan are facing a devastating humanitarian crisis.

As UK and EU governments and other big donors suspend their funding, many of the life-saving operations that the country relied on are now hanging by a thread, risking a further deterioration of the situation and putting yet more lives at risk.

Afghanaid has now reopened nearly all of their offices and restarted work. Both men and women are back at work and are delivering both important development work focussed on climate change adaptation and improving livelihoods, and emergency assistance. 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 as the winter approaches.

Your support could really make a difference to those who need it most. Please donate what you can today and help Afghanaid continue their work and support vulnerable Afghans for generations to come. Thank you! Myriam de Vrij