Orphan Sponsorship Scheme
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:
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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