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The situation for children in Afghanistan is dire.

They face a triple threat from conflict, climate disasters and COVID. 

With a growing hunger crisis and the danger of a freezing winter, children in Afghanistan will need humanitarian aid to survive.

Please donate to our Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

Children who have lived their entire lives through war are now facing the worst food crisis the country has ever seen. Five million children are just one step away from famine.

Supported by your donations,  Save the Children's work in Afghanistan will be the lifeline for many vulnerable children over the coming months, providing food, medical care, education and shelter to families with nowhere else to turn.

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What is Save the Children doing in Afghanistan?

We 've now restarted our programmes in all ten provinces where we operate in Afghanistan. We're:

  • Delivering primary, newborn and maternal health services, treating malnutrition and giving mental health support
  • Providing community-based education to primary-aged boys and girls, as well as training teachers and providing essential teaching and learning materials
  • Distributing cash and basic supplies like shelter materials, warm clothing, blankets and hygiene essentials
  • Screening and treating children and breastfeeding women suffering from malnutrition 
  • Providing safe spaces for children to play, learn and get support to recover, through community-based education classes. 

Find out more

How you can help

The children of Afghanistan’s needs are complex, and the situation is constantly changing. Help children in Afghanistan get critical support.

How is Save the Children helping Afghan refugees?

In the UK, we’re working closely with other children’s charities for Afghanistan - to provide holistic support for refugees.

We hope to offer cash vouchers, toys and learning packs to families staying in bridging hotels.

And we’ve developed training to help community workers better support Afghan asylum seekers and refugees.


How we're helping Nava*

Nava in Afghanistan

Picture credit: Michal Przedlacki/ Save the Children

Nava*, 18 months, lives with her mother Taban*, 30, in a village in northern Afghanistan. Taban* was a teacher, but hasn’t had any work for the last six months. This has meant the family are struggling to afford basic necessities such as food.

Taban* is pregnant, but both she and Nava* had been unwell. They visited a Save the Children health clinic where mother and daughter were both found to be malnourished.

Nava* and Taban have been enrolled in an integrated management of acute malnutrition programme (IMAM).

This means both mother and baby are receiving regular check-ups on their nutrition situation and are being supplied with therapeutic food.

*Names changed


Why we must act now to support Afghanistan's children.

We cannot abandon Afghanistan

By Chris Nyamandi, Country Director of Save the Children Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Crisis Appeal

It’s not too late to prevent disaster. With the right treatment at the right time, malnourished children can recover.

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