Orphan Sponsorship Scheme
Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since the Soviet invasion in 1979, it has been the scene of a series of conflicts that have continued for more than four decades.
Poverty in Afghanistan is widespread throughout rural and urban areas. The government estimates that 42% of the country’s total population lives below the national poverty line. Another 20% are struggling to make ends meet, which means they could easily fall into poverty.
Imagine that Afghan households tend to be large, with numerous children and several generations that share the same dwelling. And, although agriculture is traditionally the major activity for a large portion of the population, the sector has suffered from nearly 40 years of conflict, low investment, and natural disasters.
These families need access to clean water in order to restore their local agricultural communities. They also need nutritious food, clothes, and medical aid. Even a small donation can change their life completely.
Most of our projects are Zakat eligible.
POVERTY IS CAUSING HIGH RATES OF CHILD MORTALITY AND MALNUTRITION!
A joint report released by the Afghan Ministry of Economy and the World Bank has highlighted the multidimensional nature of poverty in Afghanistan, and its impact on the most vulnerable.
Two major factors which the report illustrates are food insecurity and the lack of a social security net.
Aryana Aid is currently working to implement food security and cash transfer projects targeting some thousands of beneficiaries in Ghazni, Badakhshan, Herat, Logar, and Kunduz provinces.
Despite recent progress, millions of Afghans still live in severe poverty, with limited access to food and other basic requirements.
'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'.
We are pleased to submit our 2020 Annual Report, which shows the amazing projects and achievements made possible by your donations. We hope this reassures our donors of our commitment to our causes and projects. To review the report, click on the image below. Thank you!
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