Afghanistan’s capital Kabul is covered by dense smog and toxic air every winter. The reason is that poor families had to do whatever they could think of to keep themselves warm. It could mean burning wasted plastic, car tires, wood, or coal.
The night-time temperature in Kabul has dropped below zero, where some highland areas are likely to drop to as low as -25 degrees Celsius. The gelid winter weather only worsens the painful life of the Afghans after the Taliban has taken over. The humanitarian situation is constantly reaching a new low.
At present, about half of Afghanistan’s population live off external aid, and about 5.5 million people are displaced throughout the country, of which 700,000 have been forced to flee their homes in 2021.
Ceaseless violence attacks, severe droughts, soaring food prices, the impact of COVID-19, and long-term poverty have pushed countless Afghans to the brink of despair. In addition, the lack of food, shelter, and warmth in the winter is putting these people’s survival into question.
About six months ago, CEDAR allocated approximately HK$195,000 to support our local partner in distributing emergency food and sanitary supplies to 320 conflict-affected poor families in Laghman Province. We maintain close contact with our partner, considering the rapidly deteriorating situation to assess their safety and rights to work, which would help us kick off humanitarian aid as soon as possible. However, after the Taliban gained power, our partner has been experiencing restrictions on capital flow. Our partner is determined to carry out relief work among local communities despite the limited capital operations. For this reason, we will allocate a total of approximately HK$909,000 to support our partner’s emergency relief. The funding includes:
- Sponsor approximately HK$246,000 to distribute warm blankets to displaced families in Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces, helping a total of 1,125 poor families to get through the winter. Each beneficiary family will receive two blankets.
- Grant about HK$195,000 to cover the one-month salary of 98 employees of our partner (including the project people in charge, who have been working under wages for two months now), so that they can maintain basic living standards and continue working front-line on relief and development works.
- Intend to sponsor approximately HK$468,000 to distribute food and hygiene supplies enough for one and a half months to displaced families in Nangarhar Province, benefiting 500 poor families in total.
Despite the instability in Afghanistan, our local partner is still standing strong under our support. With our help, they are still in their positions serving the needy communities. The number of beneficiaries is estimated to be over 13,000. The local authority has approved some of the relief proposals for our effective execution. We will ensure that the relief items reach the needy as soon as possible.
There are substantial humanitarian needs in Afghanistan, and we will keep abreast of the local conditions to implement our long-term developmental scheme. In fact, our partners had already activated poverty alleviation and community development projects in Afghanistan long before the drastic change. Due to the continuous conflicts, many children were out of school. Some of them were disabled because they touched the landmines planted during the war, which is why our partners provide education to these unfortunate children. Besides, they provide livelihood development training to local people, teach them maternal and child health, improve environmental hygiene, and promote mother-tongue-based literacy education among the minority community.
We sincerely ask you to support our Afghan family through faithful prayers and offerings.
(Please specify: Relief in conflict zones of Afghanistan)
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