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The crisis in Afghanistan is a children's crisis.

Children caught up in the recent violence urgently need food, shelter and medical supplies.

Many have travelled to other countries, but millions of children remain in Afghanistan. Many are hungry, cut off from aid supplies, out of school, and facing the threat of violence and the approaching winter. 

Help children affected by the crisis in Afghanistan and emergencies around the world - Donate now to our Emergency Fund

Afghanistan also fell into drought in June - the second drought in four years. We're worried that a severe hunger crisis will get even worse, putting thousands of children's lives at risk from hunger and malnutrition. 

And as the winter months begin to set in, the situation is only likely to get worse for children. Temperatures can drop as low as -16 degrees Celsius, with freezing nights.

For children living out in the open without access to adequate shelter, food or medical care, winter can bring yet another threat to their lives and safety.

Please donate to our emergency fund today. This special reserve helps us respond quickly to emergencies around the world, such as the conflict in Afghanistan, earthquake in Haiti or the ongoing Global Hunger Crisis.

We cannot abandon Afghanistan

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

What is Save the Children doing in Afghanistan?

We 've now restarted our programmes in seven out of the ten provinces where we operate in Afghanistan. 

  • Our mobile health teams are delivering primary, newborn and maternal health services, treating malnutrition and giving mental health support.
  • We’re providing community-based education to primary school aged boys and girls, as well as training teachers and providing essential teaching and learning materials. 
  • We’re preparing to distribute cash and other basic supplies like shelter materials, warm clothing and hygiene essentials, for families who’ve had to leave everything behind. 

As soon as we can, we plan to expand our services to other areas and start: 

  • Screening and treating children and breastfeeding women suffering from malnutrition 
  • Setting up safe spaces for children to play, learn and get support to recover. 

Find out more

Your Support

Children’s needs in Afghanistan are complex and the situation is constantly changing. Our emergency fund helps us respond quickly wherever and whenever we're needed most.

How is Save the Children helping refugees?

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

A child drawing

Our emergency fund

This special reserve of money allows us to respond quickly and help children survive emergencies, such as the conflict in Afghanistan, earthquake in Haiti or the ongoing global hunger crisis.

Help children around the world - Donate now to our emergency fund


Page updated October 2021

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