Orphan Sponsorship Scheme
Afghanistan witnessed the highest number of attacks on NGO staff in 2011. Today, widespread insecurity and frequent attacks on aid workers still make it challenging for charities to provide relief in the area.
But, with more than 10 million people in Afghanistan suffering from food insecurity and high levels of poverty, we believe this is an optimal time for us to provide help. At Aryana Aid, we have first-hand knowledge and experience of areas in Afghanistan that other charities might overlook, which has enabled us to uplift the lives of thousands in need since 2009.
Find out more about life in Afghanistan as it is today in our blog.
Individuals working for the local militia switch sides, making it difficult for NGO staff on the ground to tell the difference between local security and criminal gangs.
As a consequence, aid workers put their lives at risk while delivering humanitarian relief to towns and villages.
But the threat of violence extends to civilians, especially the children of Afghanistan, who are some of the most vulnerable people at the moment.
More than four decades of war have left many children orphaned, disabled and unable to pursue their education. Poverty makes their situation even worse:
Read our blog to find out more about how Afghan children cope with their harsh living conditions.
'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'.
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