Quality of Life
Living standards in Afghanistan are considered among the lowest in the world. The UN has ranked Afghanistan 171 out of 188 countries on its global Human Development Index, which measures education, lifespan and economic performance.
More than one-third of people in Afghanistan live below the national poverty line—most of them in severe poverty. Survival is not taken for granted: one in every 10 children born in Afghanistan will die before age 5.
Dangerous Snow in Afghanistan
In early February 2017, heavy snowfall caused avalanches and other dangerous weather conditions throughout Afghanistan. Homes were over run in the drift. More than 150 people were killed. Events like these are not isolated—harsh winter weather occurs regularly throughout the country, and can have catastrophic ramifications on villages in Afghanistan, already reeling from poverty, poor insulation and sheltering, dwindling supplies of firewood, fuel and food. Watch the video to see conditions from this past winter.
What Islamic Relief is Doing
The Islamic Relief family has been working in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. In recent years, IRUSA donors have supported a wide range of programs in Afghanistan, from humanitarian relief to orphan support to women’s literacy.