Orphan Sponsorship Scheme
We work to improve the lives of orphans, ordinary men, and women in Afghanistan.
At least 10 million people are thought to have fled the region to avoid the continuous wave of conflict that has troubled Afghanistan over the last 30 years i.e. the Afghan Cold War, the Afghan civil war, and the war between NATO and the Taliban.
Although many refugees have now returned, at least 2.7 million people remain in voluntary exile because of the appalling conditions at home.
Who We Are
Aryana Aid is a trusted Muslim charity registered in the UK, aiming to uplift the lives of orphans, widows, and all needy individuals across Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At Aryana Aid, we campaign relentlessly to achieve our vision—we strive every day to help the underprivileged and provide a safe, secure, and affordable home for everyone.
We work alongside Afghanistan’s poorest population to provide them with the skills, training, and tools they need to help themselves and their communities.
We put the vulnerable in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan at the heart of our work.
With more than 11 years of experience and a deep understanding of local, cultural, and ethnic issues, Aryana Aid has earned great trust and respect among the communities we serve. Our approach is to create long-lasting work through teaching valuable skills that can be passed on from generation to generation.
Aryana Aid also provides humanitarian relief for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. We deliver emergency aid and long–term sustainability projects to poor communities in the region, from orphan sponsorships and widow skills training programmes to making vital resources such as clean water and food more accessible to the poor.
Aryana Aid’s main office is located in Kabul and we have three more offices across the provinces of Ghazni, Kandhar, and Herat. We also have a fundraising and donor liaison office in the United Kingdom.
A Little Bit of History
Aryana Aid was established as an Islamic NGO in the UK and Afghanistan in 2009 to support Afghan families and individuals forced to flee their country due to the invasion of the then Soviet Union. We have since become one of the longest-serving and most widely respected NGOs in Afghanistan.
Today, we work in some of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Afghanistan to support thousands of deprived, excluded, and vulnerable families.
What Makes us Different
Charity volunteers at Aryana Aid are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds.
We have first-hand knowledge and experience in Afghanistan. Our aim is to empower local communities through emergency aid and long-term sustainability projects such as our Orphan Sponsorship, Widow Skills Training, and Water and Electricity projects.
Charity volunteers at Aryana Aid are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds including IT, the law, media, and business.
Since launching in 2009, we’ve used 100% of the donations collected by our head office in London to fund the initiatives led by volunteers at our satellite office in Kabul.
'My name is Mustafa and I am the son of Ghafoor; my mother died when I was three years old and my father died in the war.
'I am 15 years old now and I live at a home for orphans run by Aryana Aid in Kabul.
'Before this, I lived with my uncle and experienced a great deal of hardship and cruelty from him.
'I was a burden to my uncle after my father died, and he used different methods of torture to hurt me.
'I spent my days looking after his sheep in the fields. I did not go to school and I did not have any friends.
'I was treated like an unpaid servant'.
'I made a personal donation to a blind man when I visited a village in Afghanistan a few years ago', explains Syed, a computer scientist and a volunteer with the charity.
'When I returned to the village a few years later, I was approached by the same man who told me that he'd used my gift to pay for an operation to help restore his eyesight.
'It took me a while to remember who he was as I'd forgotten about my first visit to the village and also about my donation, but I was touched by the obvious difference a small act of kindness had made to his life.
'I was also taken back by the love and affection he and his family showed me.
'This experience was an important turning point for me.
'I started volunteering with Aryana Aid because I wanted to work with like-minded people who were keen to create more stories like this'.
Afghanistan Education system has made huge strides since the end of the taliban regime
Afghanistan’s education system has made huge strides since the end of the Taliban regime, and the number of children attending school — especially girls — has skyrocketed.
But in many parts of the country, there are not enough schools to accommodate the growing classes.
Radio Free Afghanistan correspondent Sabawoon visited schools in Nangahar Province, where children were attending open-air classes.
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