Winter Relief Bamyan 2017 -  Visions4Children

Winter Relief Bamyan 2017

Karamoja, Uganda
Projectstart: 2017

Completed

Achieved goal:

14.560 €

Completed

Achieved goal:

14.560 €

Winters in Afghanistan are freezing cold. 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 persons suffer this degrading situation.

 

Displaced or fled from conflicts or droughts in their own country, they often have no other possibility but to fight for their survival in crowded refugee camps by the thousands. They suffer from extreme cold of up to -20° C ( -4° F), even have to sleep in tents during strong snowfalls and often lack blankets or warm clothing. As they do not have any opportunities to find a job there, they neither have the opportunity to escape poverty. The pay for occasional jobs as day-laborers is not enough to support their family.

Ausgangssituation

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting lower, and winter is coming.   In Afghanistan, wintertime is especially merciless, as the continental climate causes very long, freezing winters with lots of precipitation.

 

In the center of the country is the province of Bamyan, home for about 410.000 people, who face temperatures of -20° C (-4° F)and extremely strong snowfall.  Especially the children suffer from this cold, as they need to get through ice and snow in a 90 min way to school and back. A challenge for which they are not adequately equipped and thus parents of face the choice – to endanger their children’s health or to call off school. As this decision shouldn’t be made, we raise money for our yearly winter relief campaign.

Our SOLUTION APPROACH

In the first phase we could equip 85 pupils with clothing , i.e. shoes, jackets, caps and shawls for about € 35.  In the second phase we could, thanks to your support, also equip their siblings (152 sisters and 109 brothers) in the same way. The clothing was bought and distributed by our partners in Bamyan.

 

Until 31/12/2017 the unbelievable amount of € 14.559,77 has been raised so that we could equip 346 children with warm winters clothing.  Because of a good exchange rate we needed less money than calculated, so that we can transfer the surplus to our other projects.