Living standards are amongst the lowest in the world.
Afghanistan has been ravaged by war and poverty for decades. The harsh mountainous landscape makes matters worse – the majority of Afghans work in agriculture, but only 12% of the land is farmable.
With one in seven children dying before the age of five, and landmines littering the land, Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places to live, and desperately in need of our help.
Although it has received years of international aid and there have been some positive and substantial changes, Afghanistan remains extremely poor. Around half of the children still don’t go to school, the under-five mortality rate is one in ten and 2.3 million people don’t have safe drinking water.
Poverty is killing more people in Afghanistan than direct fatalities from the ongoing conflict. The experience of the past decade has shown that real progress can be achieved with international aid, but that progress has been modest and huge challenges remain.
Islamic Relief started working in Afghanistan in 1992, and we set up our first permanent office in 2001 in response to the conflict. It can be extremely dangerous working in the war-torn country, but when offered the opportunity to leave during the latest conflict, our staff bravely and unanimously voted to stay, determined to improve the lives of millions in need.
We work in a number of areas, from food provision (working with the World Food Programme) and water and sanitation, to education and orphan support and seasonal programmes like Ramadan and Qurbani distributions.
We provide emergency assistance to refugees, especially in the harsh and bitter winters, as well as working to give Afghans a chance at a better future through education and livelihoods support. For example, one of our projects helps women to set up weaving businesses from within their homes, enabling them to earn a living and support their family, while also meeting cultural sensitivities.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Maternity Health Services
- Provided quality and updated training to the medical staff at the maternity ward
- Furnished the delivery room, after care and operation theater
- Equipped the ward with quality up-to-date medical equipment
- Provided a fixed number of delivery kits
- Provided food and non-food items to 200 poor families who are facing harsh winter
- Distributed flour, cooking oil, sugar, rice and charcoal for fuel to the selected families who are suffering the most from cold and inadequate food
- Shelter for cave dwellers in Bamyan
- Provided decent living facilities to marginalized and vulnerable returnees and IDPs who are living in the caves through the construction of two room shelters with a solar panel, household latrine
- Tube wells construction
- Constructed 7 tube wells in the Khulm District to ensure safe drinking water