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Life is still dire for children in Afghanistan

It's been one year since the Taliban took control in Afghanistan. Children are facing extreme hunger, exploitation, no education, endless disease outbreaks and, for many children, death.

It’s a humanitarian catastrophe. 

Crippling drought and the economic crisis are pushing Afghanistan to the brink of collapse, with food prices, unemployment and poverty skyrocketing. 18.9m children and adults are facing severe food shortages.

Children are going to bed hungry night after night, and girls are reporting this almost twice as much as boys. 

They’re exhausted, wasting away, unable to play or study – not to mention, sad, worried and scared.

Now is not the time to turn our backs on Afghanistan’s children. Your support is critical to save their lives – and their futures.

Please donate to our Emergency Fund now.

What we're doing to help children in Afghanistan

Child-friendly space

Save the Children is providing critical support to families across ten provinces in Afghanistan. Our Child Friendly Spaces provide children with a safe and inclusive environment to learn, play and be protected.

Your incredible generosity means we can be there for children in Afghanistan. 

Since September, you've helped us reach over 764,000 people – including more than 430,000 children.

Thanks to you, we’ve:

  • set up 70 mobile health teams
  • provided vital health and nutrition services to 187,000 children, including emergency treatment for acute malnutrition to more than 28,000
  • provided 30,000 children with learning kits, made sure tens of thousands of girls could go to school, and gave children with visual and hearing impairments specialist support so they could get an education
  • delivered cash to over 21,200 families so they can buy essential food, fuel and medicine
  • created safe spaces and provided expert psychological support to help children recover from their traumatic experiences
  • reached 1,400 families with winter kits so far – and plan to reach more than 14,000 more – so they have the warm clothes, shelter and fuel they need to make it through the winter.

And we’re providing support to those who've been forced to flee Afghanistan. We're working with refugees in Pakistan, across Europe and in the US to ensure vulnerable children are kept safe and protected

Laila's* chance to smile

Girls play outside after their class at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp in Balkh province, Afghanistan

Laila and other children play outside after their class at Save the Children’s Child Friendly Space in a displacement camp in Balkh province, Afghanistan

Laila*, 12, was forced to flee her home after her father was killed. She now lives with her mother and four siblings in a camp where families have to dig their homes under the frozen ground to survive the bitter winter cold.

To support her family, Laila* had to work cleaning people’s houses, earning as little as 10 Afghanis – that’s less than 8p – a day.

But together, we’re giving Laila the chance of the future she deserves. She’s attending a safe space we’ve created for children in the camp – the only place where she can just be a child; where she’s free to learn, smile and play.

Now we’re keeping Laila laughing and learning through these dark days, she can start to look forward to a bright future. “I would like to be educated and become a teacher,” she says.

*Names changed



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