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.
A severe drought, triggered by climate change, struck Afghanistan early this year. 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.
An unthinkable 2.4 million people or more have been displaced since then—and now nearly 500,000 people are living in make-shift tents. Those who already 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, water, shelter, and in the winter, critical items such as 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!