Due to climate change and the increasing instances of floods and droughts, as well as widespread conflict and insecurity, millions of people across Afghanistan are trapped in a severe and complex humanitarian crisis and are often forced to seek sanctuary in other parts of the country or beyond. We mitigate the impact of disasters and save lives when and where populations are most vulnerable.

Since August 2021, we have reached over 680,640 men, women, boys, and girls across Afghanistan with emergency humanitarian assistance.

 Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change adaptation

We work with communities to understand how climate change and disaster hazards impact livelihoods and find ways to lessen their impact. We build local capacity to plan, prepare for and respond to disasters. In the past three years we have established 71 community-based disaster management committees through which we have helped communities to identify at-risk areas and protect themselves: by building flood retention walls, trenches and through tree planting, or by relocating vulnerable livestock and homes.

Over the past three years, we have protected a total of 1296.4 hectares of land with these activities. For instance, our projects have built 126 different infrastructures, benefiting more than 60,015 households. We also planted over 570,646 trees which revitalise and protect soil, whilst giving families good quality fruit to sell at the local market and providing a vital new source of income.

We have also provided community and school-based emergency response teams with training in early warning, emergency evacuation and first aid, and we have equipped 681 community-based teams and 254 school-based teams with emergency response kits, including rescue and first aid equipment. In the last 3 years we have run 85 first aid courses, benefitting over 1,700 people.

Many families displaced by natural disasters live in tents or makeshift homes inside incomplete buildings, leaving them particularly vulnerable during Afghanistan’s bitter, icy winters, especially in the Central Highlands. Last winter, 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. We provided a further 646 families with warm blankets, and we supported 4377 families who uprooted from their homes as a result of the drought and conflict with cash for shelter and heating assistance during the freezing winter months.

 Emergency Assistance

Afghanaid responds to disasters with emergency humanitarian assistance, 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. In the last three years, we have distributed 44,149 emergency food packages to vulnerable Afghans in times of crisis. As a direct response to food insecurity caused by concurrent crises in the country, in 2022 we will reach over 206,850 people with emergency food support.

During 2021, thousands of families were still recovering from COVID-19 and drought - the worst this century—which struck two-thirds of the country and robbed millions of people of their livelihoods. In 2021, we assisted 52,811 most vulnerable families who have been affected by conflicts, drought and COVID-19 through multipurpose cash and agriculture assistance and awareness.

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