News & Stories Changing Lives International Day of the Girl Child Every year, the International Day of the Girl Child aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. This year's theme is With Her: A Skilled GirlForce. Join us in celebrating girls in Afghanistan and the world over, and empower them to innovate and lead the way to a brighter future. In Afghanistan, girls still face huge barriers to accessing education and work, and have very little influence over their own futures. We are working to change this and, despite the many challenges they face, the spirit and determination of these girls is truly remarkable. This year, we have been chatting to girls in some of the communities we are working with, to find out what their aspirations are for the future. Let's stand with these future trailblazers and support them to access their rights, remove gender barriers and reach their full potential, so that they can join A Skilled GirlForce and build a better future for themselves and their communities. Looking for the best way to support Afghanaid and girls in Afghanistan? Set up a regular donation in just a few short clicks: Please select a donation amount: * £20 [single] Could buy 20 apple trees for a family, giving them a new source of income and nutrition. £70 [single] Could pay for tailoring training and a sewing machine for a vulnerable woman, enabling her to start a small business. £100 [single] Could buy a waterproof tent to be used as an emergency shelter when disasters strike. £5 [dd] Could provide a class of women with literacy lessons, enabling them to live with dignity and independence. £10 [dd] Could provide schools with proper toilets and access to clean water, encouraging attendance and reducing illness. £15 [dd] Could pay for first aid kits and training in remote villages, saving lives in areas where the nearest hospital is hard to reach. Other Set up a regular payment Donate Find out more: In addition to ensuring that gender equality underpins all of the work we do, we also deliver stand-alone projects which specifically target women’s economic empowerment and gender rights. Continue reading. We enable better access to education in poor and remote rural areas of Afghanistan by building schools which are fit for purpose for girls & boys alike. Continue reading. Good nutrition is key to unlocking a girl’s potential. By helping men and women to improve their household’s income, we have enabled families to send children to school, consume more nutritious food, access health services, and live with greater dignity. Continue reading. Read Afsa's story.