The Unforgettable Kids of Afghanistan

 Child Foundation is fighting hunger, treating childhood illness, and getting education support to more and more children. 


Fighting Hunger 

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As of the most recent reports in February 2022, hunger is rampant in Afghanistan right now. As the new government took over financial and other systems collapsed. But there is good news. Child Foundation is re-establishing financial pathways to support humanitarian aid and sponsorship stipends to ensure children can attend school. 

In 2021, we successfully delivered large food packages to 400 of our sponsored children’s families. More food packages are being prepared now thanks to donations already given to the Afghan Crisis Fund. However, the UN reports around 23 million people in the country are facing extreme hunger so our efforts are for even more than our sponsored children. 

And so we are meeting needs where we find them. Child Foundation Afghanistan has networked with 30+ bakeries in Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif to provide freshly baked bread for Afghan families. In Mazar-e Sharif, loaves will be given to sponsored and unsponsored families in need so there is no waste and we can fight hunger across the community. 40,000+ freshly baked barbari bread loaves have already been delivered, 5-8 loaves per family… but we are just getting started. See our Bring Bread to Afghanistan Campaign in action. This campaign is vital; it supplements the monthly support flowing to our sponsored children and provides sustenance for other families who may otherwise have nowhere else to turn. 


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Treating Illness 

The blood disorder thalassemia is not uncommon among Afghanistan’s children and it can be deadly. Left untreated, children are unlikely to see their fifth birthday. The clinic provides life-saving treatment to any child living with the blood disease including blood transfusions, medication to manage their iron levels, and surgery when it can be coordinated in Kabul. The Child Foundation-funded Thalassemia Clinic in Mazar-e-Sharif Hospital is serving more children than ever. As surrounding hospitals and clinics turn away patients for lack of resources or staff, we are seeing a 50% daily increase in the number of children urgently needing care. 

Against the odds, the clinic is securing enough medication to help children manage their iron levels and not risk fatal iron overload. Additionally, members of the community including the Taliban are reported to be generously donating blood which is massively important for regular blood transfusions.  

The clinic needs to urgently cover the costs of this medication and more beds, personnel, and other supplies. The clinic’s basic operational costs are nearly $1,500 a month while providing a month’s worth of medication to our children is an additional $3,450. Learn more and join us with a gift to the clinic. 

 

Supporting Education 

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After a time of great uncertainty, our monthly sponsorship support to children is getting through and you can now sponsor an Afghan child! Hundreds of generous people sponsor our almost 800 Afghan children with monthly giving that pays for school tuition, school supplies, and basic family needs. Our goal is to help tip the financial scale toward children staying in school. Child Foundation faced a slowdown due to the government transition and ensuing crisis, including security concerns and a severely weakened financial system. However, hard work and patience have won out! Backlog support is getting to the children at a critical time.  

Also very exciting is the news that our sponsored girls are still in school. Young adult women in Mazar-e Sharif can go to university. Still, the national policy is still unclear, so we are seeing uneven access in Mazar-e Sharif compared to Kabul. In Kabul, girls in public school can only attend through 6th grade. Fortunately, all our girls in both Kabul and Mazar-e Sharif can attend school because of the type of school or level they attend.   

Thankfully, social workers are now more freely moving about in local communities to visit and check-in with families about their needs and students’ progress in school as the term ends. The next school year begins in March 2022, just before Nowruz.  

Our Mazar-e Sharif office is completely open now for both female and male staff, working in newly modified arrangements. While our Kabul office is not yet open again, staff are working remotely. 

The need in Afghanistan grows day by day. We are so grateful for our hardworking staff on the ground and dedicated Child Foundation family who continues to support our amazing students and their families. We know that as Afghanistan’s banking system and society is opening back up, there is still a long way to go.  

 

You can support our continued efforts in Afghanistan in so many ways.