Considered one of the poorest countries in the world, 72 percent of the population of Afghanistan currently lives in poverty. A number of factors contribute to this: political instability, food insecurity, dependence on foreign aid, and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participation of women in society and access to good education for girls is a continued area of concern. The country is also adversely affected by global warming, which has caused drought and led to loss of crops and livestock. Additionally, insecurity and violence has displaced millions of Afghan people, both inside and outside the country.
IRUSA has made a commitment of $2.1 million to help people in Afghanistan and refugees arriving in the U.S. Through our regional offices in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, and Nangar-har provinces, we are working to distribute the following items:
As Afghanistan experiences some of the worst food insecurity in the world, on Oct. 10, Islamic Relief (IR) Afghanistan was able to distribute food packages to families in need.
IR Afghanistan will begin winterization and health projects in the country with support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Furthermore, emergency relief items from IR Pakistan will be transported across the border for distribution. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
For Afghan families that are now in the United States, our teams are working with partners to reach families and provide them with support and essential items to help them as they arrive and transition to a life in our communities. Here are some of the ways we are working on these efforts now (and remember to stay tuned to this page for more information as it develops):
Your advocacy, volunteerism, and donations are how we can help support and get aid to Afghan families who are in desperate need right now. Click below to take action today, and stay tuned to this page for more information as it becomes available.
IRUSA has served in Afghanistan for more than 20 years, and continues to provide humanitarian and development assistance in the country today.
We have regional offices in Kabul and four other provinces in the country: Herat, Bamyan, Nangar-har, and Balkh. Through these offices, we are able to quickly and accurately assess the needs on the ground and provide immediate relief including emergency food, shelter, and medical relief.
Some of the projects we’ve implemented in Afghanistan include:
As much as we’ve been able to accomplish, there is still so much more to do. If we work together—with YOU—we can make the vision of better Afghanistan a reality for so many more of our sisters and brothers in need.