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Orphan Numbers on the Rise

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Orphan Numbers on the Rise

A Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

After four decades of war, the economy of Afghanistan is in ruin. Families have been torn apart, hundreds of communities have been uprooted from their homes, and millions of widows and orphans are struggling to find food, water and shelter. The dire situation has been exacerbated by drought, the Covid-19 pandemic, and unprecedented levels of inflation. And with the price of foodstuff skyrocketing, Afghans are on the brink of starvation.

Right now, the streets of Kabul are full of homeless people who have fled to the capital from poverty, conflict and political instability. Many have left their villages with nothing. Among these internally displaced people (IDPs) are many of Afghanistan’s orphans. They are unprotected, utterly vulnerable and their numbers on the rise.

More Orphans Each Day

With survival becoming near impossible in Afghanistan, we’re seeing more and more children without parents. The figures are devastating. In a country with a population of less than 40 million, there are two million orphans in need of protection.

Some children have been taken in by relatives, who themselves are struggling. Others live on the streets and have to fend for themselves. Without birth certificates, many have no knowledge even of how old they are. Instead, they carry the burden of traumas through the daily fight for survival: traumas from experiences of violence and abuse.

Aryana Aid is on the Ground

Following the US evacuation, many NGOs left Afghanistan. Aryana Aid is among the few aid organisations who continue to stay and deliver vital aid to the Afghan people. Our understanding of local conditions, vast support network and commitment to make a positive difference have helped us help people who need it most. Through our field offices in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Ghazni, we’re able to support needy people both across the capital and in some of the hardest to reach areas of the country.

Based in the UK, Aryana Aid has been in Afghanistan since 2009. With the help of local staff, volunteers and partners, we’ve delivered hundreds of projects to date, gaining a reputation for being one of the most respected NGOs in the country. We’ve helped the Afghan people through some of the worst crises, and are committed to helping them through this one. Our immediate focus now is society’s most vulnerable, who are hardest hit by the turmoil: orphans and widows.

Aryana Aid is delivering food aid, medical aid, water aid, and emergency shelters for IDPs. Our Orphan Sponsorship Program continues to be a lifeline for the thousands of vulnerable orphans now facing a harsh winter.

 How We can Help Together

Time is running out for the people of Afghanistan. But we haven’t given up. With ongoing support from donors, we continue to support Afghanistan’s most vulnerable and needy through the current crisis. Aryana Aid projects that help orphans include:

  • Wheelchair Projects: There are an estimated 280,000 disabled children in Afghanistan. Many have been injured in the conflicts or by landmines. For such children, a wheelchair ensures better mobility, social interaction and even the chance to go to school. Aryana Aid also provides ongoing care for disabled children. Find out more.
  • Widows and Orphan Sponsorships: There are 2 million orphans and 2.5 million widows in Afghanistan. Without parents, or male protection, they are defenceless. Aryana Aid’s sponsorship programmes allows donors to provide the financial support these orphans and widows are now in desperate need of. Our Widows Skills Training programmes, help vulnerable women to gain skills that will enable them to earn an income for their family. Find out more.
  • Winter Projects: Winters in Afghanistan are severe, with temperatures dropping to as low as -25 degrees. In mountainous regions, where people live in makeshift shelters or tents, they are completely exposed. Aryana Aid’s winter packs provide emergency shelter as well as clothes, bedding and appliances to keep people warm. Find out more.
The Afghanistan Crisis in Numbers
  • 20 million people on the brink of starvation
  • 2 million orphans
  • 2,5 million widows
  • Half of all children under the age of 5 suffer from malnutrition
  • 1 in 5 children will die before they reach their fifth birthday
  • 2nd highest maternal mortality rate and 3rd highest infant mortality rate in the world

If you’d like to support orphans through the crisis in Afghanistan, please sponsor an orphan and/or widow today. Your donation could save lives this winter. Find out more

Currently our focus in on working with Afghan refugees who are in dire need of our support. Our current fundraising is dedicated to supporting these individuals.

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We work with the local Afghan community to deliver emergency aid and long term sustainability through our orphan sponsorship, widow skills training, and water and electricity projects.
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