Hunger Free Campaign 2015
Winters in Afghanistan are freezing cold. In addition to life-threatening temperatures and heavy snowfall, people here also have to cope with food shortages due to drought. According to the UNHCR (2017/12), 2.6 million internally displaced persons find themselves in such a degrading situation.
Displaced or fleeing from conflicts or drought in their own country, they usually have no choice but to fight for survival in refugee camps in their thousands. They have to suffer the cold and sleep in tents at temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius, often without blankets or warm clothing. Due to the lack of job opportunities, people are barely able to find a way out of poverty. The wages for occasional work as a day laborer are simply not enough to feed their own families.
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, the majority of the population is undernourished and suffers from hunger. Widows and their children, who are socially marginalized, are particularly hard hit. To help the disadvantaged, we launched the Hunger-Free Package – Food for Afghanistan campaign in Ramadan 2015. The food parcels for needy widows are to be distributed in Herat shortly before the start of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Through an appeal for donations on Facebook, we generated €4,075.50 in donations for the campaign. A package cost around €80 and should be able to feed a family of 5 to 6 people for a month.
One aid package contained: 25 kg of rice, 25 kg of flour, 5 liters of oil, 4 kg of beans, 5 kg of sugar, 8 packets of salt, 1 kg of tomato paste, 500 g of green tea, 2 kg of washing powder and 10 wooden boxes.
The distribution was carried out by our member Mohammad Nojumi and numerous helpers. The campaign supported a total of 90 families.