Winter aid Kabul 2018
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.
CONQUERING THE COLD AND SATISFYING HUNGER
Together with our partner KIDA (Katosi Intercommunity Development Alliance) in the south of Mukono, we acted as quickly as possible and launched a corona emergency aid campaign to educate people in need (single mothers and their families, people with disabilities, elderly people and children) and provide them with food parcels. This region of Uganda is particularly affected by the government’s measures to contain the further spread of the virus.
Our partner organization KIDA provided care for 258 families (equivalent to 1,303 people) from three different target groups:
131 families living in households headed by young people (aged between 10 and 18)
81 Families of single mothers
6 Families with older people and people with disabilities
HELP US HELP
Together with the Afghan Women’s Association, we want to provide around 600 families with a winter package this year. These families come from different regions of the country, such as the provinces of Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan and Nangrahar, and have been forced to leave their homes due to the difficult security situation and frequent attacks. They are currently living in the Pul-E-Sheena camp in the Bagrami district near Kabul, many of them for more than three years.
Incidentally, as soon as the families’ needs are met, the surplus donations will go directly to our school construction project in Kabul, where many pupils are still being taught in tents even in the icy winter.
Our Winter Aid Kabul 2018 takes place in cooperation with the Afghan Women’s Association. Photo rights are also held by the Afghan Women’s Association.