Catch up on coverage of Afghanaid's work, staff, and our committed fundraisers in the news.

Afghanaid and The Times and Sunday Times Christmas Appeal

Afghanaid were thrilled to be selected as one of the charities of the Times and Sunday Times Christmas appeal in December 2022. Launching with an opinion piece from Christina Lamb, the campaign also featured incredible stories from Catherine Philp, who visited our work in rural Afghanistan in December.

Catch up on all the coverage

Images: Richard Pohle/The Times, December 2022

BBC News with Lyse Doucet

For BBC News, our Director of Programmes Abdul Rahman Tariq toured our programmes in Ghor with internationally renowned journalist Lyse Doucet, speaking on the ongoing drought and food insecurity crisis gripping Afghanistan. Watch here from 1 min 14 secs:

Fonzie and Rocco's 10 Peak Challenge: Blue Peter

Three- and six- year old brothers Rocco and Fonzie were awarded Silver Blue Peter badges by Joel Mawhinney (pictured) following their epic fundraising challenges for Afghanaid in 2021 and 2022. In their first fundraiser, Fonzie completed an epic kid-sized traithlon, and raised over £3,000. In their second challenge, the brothers took on a seven-day challenge which involved climbing the 10 tallest peaks in the North Yorkshire Moors - equalling the same height as Noshaq, Afghanistan's tallest mountain. They were deservedly featured on an episode of Blue Peter to talk about their epic and charitable adventures.

You can read an interview with the brothers in Teesside Live here.

 The Independent Opinion Piece

Communities across Afghanistan have shown incredible resilience in the face of severe hunger, mounting debt and massive unemployment, but coping mechanisms within families and communities are stretched to breaking point. 

Our Director of Programmes Abdul Rahman Tariq produced an opinion piece for the Independent, detailing the impact of the unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has taken its grip on the country this year, how NGOs like Afghanaid have continued to operate despite mounting challenges and outlining the devastating projections for the coming winter. Read the full piece here.

Fly With Me: Good Chance and Afghanaid's Kite-Flying Festival

Alongside Afghan artists and theatre company Good Chance, Afghanaid was thrilled to be the official charity partner of Fly With Me, an epic aerial act of solidarity and togetherness, celebrating the ancient Afghan craft of kite-making.

ITV News covered the joyful kite-flying festival on the 20th August - watch the full news story here.

Channel 5 News with Afghanaid's Managing Director Charles Davy

Joint Letter in The Times

We urge the UK to step up by encouraging international partners to increase humanitarian funding to stave off the immediate crisis, and continue to support the funding of the World Bank’s development programmes. 

In a joint letter to The Times, Afghanaid, along with a group of 32 NGOs warned the International Community not to abandon Afghans, but instead to take urgent action to increase funding, resolve the economic crisis and stand up for human rights in the country. You can read the full contribution here.

Afghanaid joins Chris Wright on the Wright on the Nail Podcast

Afghanaid's Chris Kinder and Kitty Chevallier joined Chris Wright on Wright on the Nail to discuss what has changed in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021. Their conversation ranges from some of the positive changes, including an increase in security and a decrease in corruption, as well as the devastating impact of a shrinking economy. Kitty also shares her personal experience as a Western women in Afghanistan.

They also discuss what the international community can do to help support people in Afghanistan over the long term. You can listen to the full episode here.

ITV News with Afghanaid's Kitty Chevallier

“We must not forget Afghanistan… the news stories will probably dry up before long, but our support must not."

Afghanaid's Kitty Chevallier was interviewed by ITV News following the harrowing scenes of evacuation seen at Kabul airport last year, in which she encouraged the international community to "increase, not cut" aid to Afghanistan.

Watch the full interview here.