CHILDHOOD RESCUE

Afghanistan

Severe drought, political unrest, natural disaster and COVID-19 continue to drive humanitarian needs for millions of Afghans.
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Help protect children in Afghanistan and other dangerous places today.


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.


Please help children in countries like Afghanistan survive, recover and build a future.

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.


Emergency drought response

<br>Emergency drought response

Severe drought is creating a food crisis and causing large scale displacement. Hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable are being pushed out of their areas of origin to seek emergency assistance

Over half the population, 25 million, are living in poverty. Families are spending almost three quarters of their income on food alone, with millions on the edge of famine, lacking the money to buy food. Around 4 million children are now acutely malnourished.

Internally displaced families are putting children at risk to get by, including resorting to early marriage. Desperation is pushing families to marry off their girl children to receive a “bride price” and to reduce the number of mouths to feed. 

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Afghanistan’s crisis has gotten worse since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. Attention has turned away, and the country has rapidly slipped into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

- Asuntha Charles, National Director World Vision Afghanistan.


Afghanistan's children face an unimaginable crisis.

<br>Afghanistan's children face an unimaginable crisis.

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.


Give monthly to Childhood Rescue to protect vulnerable children in dangerous places.

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.


Empowering children through education about hygiene practices

<br>Empowering children through education about hygiene practices

Together with your support, we are helping children in the Herat and Badghis Provinces of Afghanistan to learn about the importance of handwashing, sanitation, and hygiene. Poor hygiene and sanitation conditions in these areas contribute to the spread of diarrhoeal diseases among children. 

You have helped educate 800 children about sanitation and hygiene, so they can keep themselves and their communities healthy. You have also provided 1,400 children with hand-washing kits containing items such as soap, towels, colouring sheets, and hygiene information.

Thanks to you, these children are now empowered with the skills and knowledge to teach their friends and family about important hygiene habits such as hand-washing with soap and using safe toilets.

FAQs

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.

World Vision Afghanistan reiterates its commitment to the Afghan communities and especially their children. World Vision Afghanistan will continue to remain faithful to this commitment in helping the most vulnerable children to overcome poverty and experience fullness of life.

We have supported them for the past 20 years, and we will continue to remain faithful to this commitment in helping the most vulnerable children to overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We will continue to help children from all backgrounds, even in the world's most dangerous places.


We ensure all resources entrusted to us are used effectively to bring maximum impact.

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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.