Drought. Economic collapse. Mass hunger. The denial of basic rights. Extreme unpredictability

This is Afghanistan in 2023.

But that's not all it is. There is hope & possibility too!

Despite the extreme difficulties of working in Afghanistan, we have continued to help children survive, whilst advocating for their right to recover and build a future.

Some of our Childhood Rescue programs were forced to stop in 2021. But your gifts adapted and found ways to help children, actually, 384,046 children in the past six months alone.

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37,302 children have benefitted from nutrition programs. That's 37,302 children who without this support were potentially facing death or the effects of untreated malnutrition, which drastically affects a child's physical and mental development.

Azizullah Hayat

37,302 children receiving nutrition support is a big deal!

Without this support these children were potentially facing death or the very real effects of untreated malnutrition, which drastically affects a child's physical and mental development.

Hand in hand with nutrition is WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

89,877 people have benefitted from WASH in the last six months.

WASH is all the things many of us take for granted.

Clean running water, soap, access to sanitary products, education on hygiene, toilets etc.

Beyond the individual impact, WASH helps communities fight against water borne diseases and presents amazing opportunities for innovation and engineering.

89,877 people have benefited from WASH = Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. This is a solar powered water station. It provides climate resistant water solutions for thousands of families and keeps keeps children safe. Children no longer need to walk kilometres alone each day to fetch (dirty) water.

Azizullah Hayat

In the last six months your gifts have assisted...

247,907 families access health services

298,650 adults received livelihoods recovery and support programs

142,470 families supported with food security distribution programs and cash vouchers

Health clinics provide life-saving services. Our programs have had to constantly adapt to the requirements set by the defacto government, but the team have amazingly managed to assist 247,907 patients, many children and mothers. The WV Afghan staff are dedicated in the most awe inspiring ways, working in complicated circumstances to ensure children can survive.

Azizullah Hayat

Let's just take a moment to break down any confusion on what a cash voucher is.

Are we making it rain cash in Afghanistan? Ah, no definitely not.

A cash voucher is fast becoming a humanitarian standard, especially in remote places.

A cash voucher is similar to a gift card.

It is...

  • Restricted
  • Can only be spent at approved stores
  • Registered to one person or family
  • Eliminates fraud or theft opportunities

Cash vouchers are more than fraud preventers, even better, they promote dignity and agency through giving people choice.

It may not seem like much but let's think about it for a moment.

When your world has been turned upside down and you rely on support for everything, the ability to go to a local store and choose your own items for your family makes a big emotional and psychological difference.

When you see cash voucher rest assured, your gifts are helping in more ways than one. And they're digital & moving with the times :)

Food distributions and cash vouchers. Our staff pictured here are set up at a registration desk. This is the same desk 142,470 families stood at as they prepared to receive their assistance.

Azizullah Hayat

We believe in every child's right to build a future.

We're over-joyed that education and child protection programs have found safe ways to begin again.

The amount of children impacted from these programs in last six months is very encouraging :)

83,664 children participated in education programs

11,128 children supported through child protection programs

Children study different subjects in community-based classes in urban areas of Herat province under. We continue to advocate for all Afghan girls and women to be educated. Currently, primary school aged girls are permitted to attend community-based education classes.

Young boys hide from the camera, but secretly loving the moment! They are benefitting daily from the solar-powered water network built in their village. They now have more time for education and play with access to a clean water source close by.

Photographer - Azizullah Hayat

Your gift has helped 384,046 Afghan children in the last six months.

In the words of Nelson Mandela...

> > It always seems impossible until it's done.

In some of the world's most remote and complex places, your gift is helping get the impossible done.

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Afghanistan is a primarily agricultural country in Central Asia, producing some of the world's best pomegranates, grapes and sweet melons. Afghanistan has been in an ongoing conflict since 2001, a radical political group has waged all out war against the government and taken control of many parts of the country.

In Afghanistan our projects focus on community building programmes. Their success relies heavily on collaboration with local community and faith leaders. Sensitively administered with respect for local culture and beliefs the programme currently facilitates community awareness sessions for men regarding child marriage and rights of women. We are also providing sessions for women and girls, to ensure they know their worth, feel safe in their community and understand their rights in relation to violence against women and child marriage.

  • Hundreds of thousands of innocent have been killed in the ongoing conflict, and cities have been left in ruins
  • The country experienced a devastating drought in 2019 which destroyed all the crops and 60% of the livestock in Western Afghanistan. The drought drove over 250,000 people from their homes to seek aid, but even the humanitarian camps they came to have run out of food by now. Many parents consider selling their daughters into early marriage to feed the family
One in three

Afghani girls are married before they turn 18.

More than 10%

of registered refugees in the world today are from Afghanistan