Intensifying conflict across the country, on top of the onset of drought and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, has led to widespread illness and loss of life, a deep economic recession and starkly reduced job opportunities for people in Afghanistan. This has left many rural communities in increasingly difficult situations, with families seeing no alternative but to sell off their livestock for immediate cash or withdraw their children from school so they can work, and others driven from their homes in search of safety elsewhere.

The situation is set to worsen, with the current dry weather conditions expected to lead to a poor harvest, further limiting job opportunities for daily wage workers who work on the land. This means the upcoming months will be particularly challenging, most especially so for displaced families who have already lost their homes as a result of the eruption of conflict, have no belongings or support networks and are dependent on casual daily labour for an income.

With support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Afghanaid is delivering crucial support to the most at-risk displaced families, including widows and people with disabilities. By the end of this year, we will support more than 18,500 men, women and children who have fled their homes with essential household items as well as vital help to pay their rent. 

The household kits will include key items such as:

  • a stove and gas cylinder;
  • cooking equipment, a kettle, plates and cutlery;
  • laundry soap and hand soap;
  • a solar powered lamp;
  • fleece blankets.

With this support, these families will be able to put a roof over their heads, keep their children clean and healthy, and protect themselves against further risks.

We're also working with communities to tackle the long-term effects of the challenges they face, so that they can build their resilience to future crises. Find out more about this work.

How you can help

You can provide families with emergency assistance to help them get through this difficult time:

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