CHILDREN IN CRISIS

Afghanistan

Severe drought and ongoing conflict continue to drive humanitarian needs for millions of Afghans.


Help protect children in Afghanistan and other dangerous places today.


Right now, we are concerned for vulnerable children that are at extremely high risk as conflict escalates across Afghanistan. Children and families are increasingly displaced, causing them to miss crucial basics like 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, have needed humanitarian and protection assistance in 2021 alone. This number continues to grow.


Give a monthly donation to Children in Crisis to help protect vulnerable children living in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Your monthly donation of $20, will provide $100 worth of life-saving essentials every month, thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations.

Emergency drought response

Emergency drought response

Severe drought is triggering crisis-level food insecurity and causing large scale displacement; pushing hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable out of areas of origin to seek emergency assistance

Approximately 14 million Afghans are food insecure. Both displaced and remaining families have now completely depleted their savings and are forced to fall into debt in order to survive.

Internally displaced families are turning to negative coping mechanisms to manage increasingly scarce resources, 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. 

Extreme rainfall and heavy snow caused flash floods with wide-spread devastation.

Thousands of homes have been swept away and many families, already displaced by drought, have been forced to leave their homes for the second time.

Flash floods are very common after a drought, the land has dried out so severely, and vegetation has been killed off leaving the land so dehydrated limiting water absorption during heavy rainfalls. Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan has cut off many areas and raised fears of further floods in the spring.

Ongoing conflict overlaid with the drought and flooding has made the situation for everyday Afghans even worse. World Vision is working to protect these vulnerable children through child protection, healthcare, education, food security, safe water and sanitation.

Give a monthly donation to provide life-saving essentials like food, water and healthcare.

Your monthly donation of $20, will provide $100 worth of life-saving essentials to children living in dangerous places every month, thanks to our partnerships across the United Nations.

Empowering children through education about hygiene practices

Empowering children through education about hygiene practices

We are supporting 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. 

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

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 current situation 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.

Ongoing conflict and instability have caused disruptions to World Vision Afghanistan's operations and delays in project implementation. Drought, displacement, conflict, and COVID-19 have made access to some communities increasingly challenging. 

World Vision Afghanistan is continuously monitoring the situation and engaging remotely with affected populations where possible. We’re also working alongside our partners to ensure we do everything we can to keep children and their families safe.

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.

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.


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