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Afghanistan crisis

Since September 2021, your incredible generosity helped us to reach more than 3.3 million people in Afghanistan with our life-saving services, including 1.8 million children.


  • Delivered primary, newborn and maternal health servicestreated malnutrition and provided mental health support
  • Provided community-based education to primary-aged boys and girls, as well as trained teachers and provided essential teaching and learning materials
  • Distributed cash and basic supplies like shelter materials, warm clothing, blankets and hygiene essentials
  • Screened and treated children and breastfeeding women suffering from malnutrition 
  • Provided safe spaces for children to play, learn and get support to recover, through community-based education classes. 
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.

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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Page updated January 2023

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