Afghanistan

Important Note

Please note: Donations made toward IRUSA’s Afghanistan fund may be used to support important emergency or long-term work across the country, or for Afghan refugees in other countries.

DROUGHT EMERGENCY COMPLICATED BY FREEZING WINTER

A severe drought, triggered by climate change, has struck Afghanistan. It didn’t snow last winter, leaving riverbeds dry and devoid of water to irrigate crops or give to animals. Both have died and farmers lost everything they had.

Now, an unthinkable 2.4 million people have been displaced—and currently 300,000 are living in tents, in freezing winter. People who lived on very little now have nothing. Donors like you ensure that families in need make it through.

IRUSA uses donations to provide nourishing food and warm blankets, and a variety of winter supplies. Your aid is their relief.

TRUE STORIES OF THOSE AFFECTED

Islamic Relief USA staff travelled immediately to Afghanistan to hear from those affected by this humanitarian crisis. Now you can meet who met by clicking the button below.

IRUSA has joined with many other NGOs to respond to the drought emergency, and was even asked to lead certain efforts due to the reputation of our work and quality of our communication and coordination.

GRAPPLING WITH POVERTY

Basic living standards in Afghanistan are among the lowest in the world, and now that it’s winter the challenges are worse. A startling 55% of the population lived below the poverty line in 2017—and most are severely impoverished. The unemployment rate is nearly 25%.

Afghanistan also ranks at the bottom (168 of 189) of the U.N.’s global Human Development Index, which measures education, lifespan, and economy. Survival isn’t taken for granted: one in every 10 Afghan children born will die before age five.

Your aid is their relief.

WORKING TOGETHER FOR A BETTER AFGHANISTAN

The Islamic Relief family has proudly served Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Recently, IRUSA donors have supported a wide range of programs in Afghanistan, including:

  • emergency aid
  • humanitarian relief
  • orphan support
  • women’s literacy…and more!

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