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Winters in Afghanistan are freezing. People do not only have to cope with live-threatening temperatures and strong snowfall but also with droughts and food shortages. According to the UNHCR (2017/12), around 2.6 million internally displaced people suffer this degrading situation.
Displaced or having fled from conflicts or droughts in their own country, they often have no other option but to fight for their survival in crowded refugee camps by the thousands. They suffer from extreme cold temperatures down to -15° C (5° F) and even have to sleep in tents during strong snowfalls, often lacking blankets and warm clothing. As they do not have any opportunities to find a job where they are, they also don’t have the opportunity to escape poverty. The pay for occasional jobs as day-laborers is not enough to support their families.
Familien zu ernähren.
In Ramadan, Muslims all over the world are called to fast from sunrise to sunset and to restrain from food, drink and other pleasures. Ramadan is a holy month in which Muslims focus even more on their belief and stand up for their fellow human beings. During Ramadan in 2017, we started a campaign for orphans in Afghanistan, as they often live in extreme poverty and thus are in need of urgent help.
Our plan was to support several institutions that focus on the need of orphans in various towns in Afghanistan. In these schools and orphanages, the children mostly get simple (often cold) meals, despite needing even more substantial food during Ramadan.
Our members, Salim Khamoush, Nasanin Azadzoy and Winuss Azizi got in contact with the schools “Madrasa Imam Bukhari“ in Kabul and “Maktabe Motawasete Nesswan Shebar“ in Bamiyan, (which are attended by orphans and half-orphans), as well as the orphanage “Paraweshgahe Khwaja Abdullah-e Ansari“ in Herat.
We asked the principals and groundskeeper to send us lists of requirements and costs. These lists also contained the staples necessary for all of the institutions and for a feast for the Sugar Feast / Eid al Fitr. Additionally, the school in Bamiyan asked for a water reservoir, notebooks and ballpoint pens. The orphanage in Herat needed new clothing for school uniforms, like shirts, scarves and shoes which they wanted to give the children for Eid. The funds for this, totaling € 3500, were solely raised through our call for donations on Facebook and were distributed by our members in Afghanistan. All in all, we were able to help 645 children by fulfilling additional wishes and supplying food to the institutions.