Updated August 11, 2022
The children of Afghanistan are facing a crisis unlike Child Foundation has seen in our 15 years of supporting families there. Threats of insecurity and violence have forced their way into the once relatively peaceful region of Balkh province and Kabul where approximately 800 Child Foundation children live and learn. And the war in Ukraine has made an already drought- and conflict-ridden country more food insecure. Afghanistan ordinarily imports a huge amount of its wheat from Ukraine.
These communities need emergency assistance.
Child Foundation has already distributed thousands worth of food to 300 families prior to the government change. And as of May 9, 1,000 food packages have been delivered.
Families are receiving:
- - 5 kg flour
- - 10 kg rice
- - 2 kg Garbanzo beans
- - 2 kg Kidney bean
- - 2 kg sugar
- - 5 L cooking oil
- In addition to the 800 children and their families, Child Foundation currently supports 47 internally displaced families in Balkhab, Afghanistan. These families live in remote and difficult-to-reach areas where dedicated volunteers travel to deliver food packages. But there are more families in need of help and we want to reach as many as possible.
In the U.S., dozens of Afghan refugee families in Portland, Oregon area also received gift certificates at the end of 2021 to help them rebuild their lives in their new home.
We know food remains a critical need right now. The UN has reported that 23 million people in Afghanistan are facing extreme hunger and we are focused on providing monthly stipend support and bread with our Bring Bread Campaign to our students' families.
Our Afghan Crisis Fund is a critical tool we are using to alleviate as much suffering as possible - not just among our sponsored students' families.
We must support those experiencing a social and political crisis. Our social workers are re-establishing connections with our students as monthly financial support is, once again, flowing to each student. Some students have left the country, and we are doing our best to track where they are in the hopes we can work with partners in those neighboring countries to provide aid.
Our support is critical in a country devastated by 30 years of violence and yet able to make such phenomenal gains in education. Giving to Afghan children right now is a beautiful show of solidarity with and hope for Afghan youth's future.