Since 1983, through political turmoil, enduring conflict, and deepening poverty, Afghanaid has stayed and worked with some of the most underserved and remote communities across Afghanistan, providing the tools and developing the skills ordinary Afghans need to help themselves, their families and their communities. 

This year marks 40 years of Afghanaid’s continuous work. On this special milestone, we’re reflecting on our continued impact, the resilience of the people of Afghanistan, and what’s to come in the future.

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Charles Davy, Managing Director at Afghanaid, said:

On this anniversary and every day, we remain committed to our vision of a peaceful and thriving Afghanistan.

"However, in 2023, the situation in the country remains extremely challenging for ordinary people who continue to grapple with the economic and humanitarian crisis, in the face of the rollback of women’s rights and the growing impacts of climate change, and now, forced returns from Pakistan. Currently, nearly 29 million Afghans find themselves in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, with nine in ten households unable to eat enough food to sustain their daily needs. These catastrophic figures underscore the depth of the crisis, where there remains a serious risk of systemic collapse and human catastrophe.

“We are gravely concerned that the world's attention, which was fully focused on Afghanistan in 2021, is not similarly engaged as we move towards another winter - one which, for many, promises to be even more challenging than the last. There is an urgent need for increased, high quality humanitarian aid and more importantly still, longer-term development support, but paradoxically, funding shortages continue to threaten these aid efforts in Afghanistan.

“Despite these funding gaps, in the past two years, Afghanaid has delivered emergency assistance to well over two million people, ensuring vulnerable families can feed themselves, find warmth and shelter, and stay healthy. However, humanitarian aid alone is not sufficient for families to build resilience and break the cycle of vulnerability. This is why, our emphasis is now on longer-term development programmes that enable communities adapt to climate change and improve livelihoods, by retaining and storing water, irrigating crops and watering livestock, adding value to their produce and connecting to markets; at the same time, building essential community infrastructure and improving access to essential services. 

The assistance that we have been able to give to millions of Afghans over the past forty years has been made possible by the resources contributed by governments and our generous supporters worldwide. Regrettably, 40 years on, the people of Afghanistan continue to face immense challenges. We’re more determined than ever, but at this important milestone in our organisation’s history, we need your support to sustain our life-saving and life-changing work until we can truly achieve our vision”

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About Afghanaid

In 1983, Afghanaid was formed as an organisation in Peshawar, Pakistan to provide support for Afghan refugees fleeing conflict, and has since worked in 31 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. As Afghanistan continues to grapple with the consequences of four decades of conflict and insecurity, alongside increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather and natural disasters, Afghanaid continues to deliver livelihood support, strengthen the rights of women, protect communities against climate change and deliver basic needs in some of the most hard to reach places in the country. Working with a community-led approach, the organisation works every day to ensure ordinary Afghans continue to be active participants in shaping a brighter, more inclusive and prosperous Afghanistan.