We are deeply concerned for children in Afghanistan who are suffering from the impacts of multiple crises. The change in Afghanistan’s regime last year has plunged the country into an unprecedented economic crisis combined with severe drought that now sees over half the population living in poverty. So many are displaced and are without crucial basics like food, water, healthcare and education. We urgently need your help to protect vulnerable children living in dangerous places affected by conflict, natural disasters, harmful cultural norms and the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost half the population in Afghanistan, 18.4 million people, needed humanitarian and protection assistance last year alone. This number continues to grow.
Every $1 you give to help kids in danger will provide $6 of urgent support.
A monthly gift of $20, will provide $120 worth of life-changing support to children whose lives are on the line, thanks to our partnerships with other organisations.
The situation in Afghanistan today is a living nightmare for children. They’re starving. They’re sick. They’re out of school. How will they survive?
Read our report Afghanistan: A Children's Crisis to learn more now.
"It is time for all of us to remember these children. We must take action to ensure Afghanistan’s children, like children right here in Aotearoa New Zealand, have the opportunity to play, to learn, and to live life in all its fullness.” Grant Bayldon.
World Vision is extremely concerned for children in Afghanistan. Young and adolescent girls and boys experience conflict and instability, displacement and multidimensional poverty distinctly and disproportionately. The recent conflict has impacted children greatly, compounding the child protection risks associated with the ongoing drought, internal displacement, COVID-19, and food and water insecurity.
World Vision is working alongside our partners to ensure children are protected and spared the consequences of conflict and instability.
The current COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan is being hampered and worsened by ongoing conflict. Many hospitals and health clinics have been damaged in the fighting and or been forced to shut down due to insecurity. The Delta variant of COVID-19 is fuelling the country's third wave of COVID-19 cases.
Access to certain areas and communities affected by drought, displacement, conflict, and COVID-19 remains a challenge. However, World Vision has been able to continue working across parts of western Afghanistan to deliver urgent aid to families in need as the conflict has eased. Currently working in emergency mode, our hope is that we’ll be able to shift to a more long-term sustainable approach in the near future.
The work you are supporting means World Vision New Zealand can continue to reach hundreds of thousands of people in Afghanistan through mobile health and nutrition teams, through projects that are providing safe drinking water and improved sanitation in underserved communities, and care and support for children working or begging in the streets who are at high risk of exploitation and abuse. Our colleagues in Afghanistan are so thankful for your support, and grateful for your partnership which is enabling them to transform the lives of those most in need.
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In 2021, 84.6% of World Vision New Zealand's total operating expenses were used for international program support that benefited children, families and communities in need. Learn more.