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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 people find themselves in this degrading situation.
Displaced or fled from conflicts or droughts in their own country, they often have no other choice but to fight for their own survival by the thousands in crowded refugee camps. They suffer due to extremely cold temperatures as low as -15° C ( 5° F) and even have to sleep in tents during strong snowfall, often lacking blankets or warm clothing. As they do not have the opportunity to find a job where they are, they often have no chance to escape poverty. The pay for occasional jobs as day-labourers is not enough to provide for their whole families.
To offer perspective in winter, we organize a yearly humanitarian emergency relief campaign and supply families with packages of food and material goods. Our packages contain necessary goods, such. blankets and gas cylinders. Furthermore, the families are supplied with staples like flour, sugar, oil and tea –basics which help fight hunger.
In cooperation with the Afghani Women’s Society, which has 27 years of work in the field of direct humanitarian action and is able to provide unbureaucratic aid, the goods are procured and distributed to those who need them. Thus, we strengthen the Afghan economy and the help gets where it is needed most.
Together with the Afghani Women’s Society, we want to hand out winter packages to 600 families. These families are from different regions of Afghanistan, like Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Nangrahar and had to leave their homes due to the insecure situation and numerous attacks. At the moment, they live in the Pul-E-Sheena camp in the district of Bagrami, Kabul – some have been living here for more than three years.
By the way: surplus donations are used for our school project in Kabul, where the lessons of many pupils still take place in tents, even during the cold winter.
Our emergency relief campaign in Kabul takes place in cooperation with the Afghani Women’s Society, which also holds the rights of the photos.
Goal: 35000 €
Goal: 25.000 €