Tearfund has supported aid and development work in Afghanistan since 1971 and currently works in 11 provinces through six partner organisations and our
Disaster Management Team (DMT).
Low-cost, community-owned programmes support more than 400,000 Afghans a year. They focus on community
development, water and sanitation, disability, livelihoods, women’s health and empowerment, and reducing vulnerability to disasters. Examples include the following:
In remote Ghor Province, a Tearfund partner has built resilience in three villages. When severe floods washed away their crops, affected communities were loaned wheelbarrows, rakes and shovels to remove silt and rocks. Three-quarters of the lost land was reclaimed and replanted. A retaining wall was built to lessen the impact of future floods.
More than 3,000 women are being empowered by self-help groups in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. In small groups of 15, they are trained by a Tearfund partner in literacy, numeracy and advocacy. Money saved is loaned around group members for income-generating activities.
DMT sanitation programmes have brought innovative bio-sand filters to Kapisa, and Jawzian provinces. For US$11 these locally made water filters offer safe water for a family or group of families. Alongside the filters Tearfund
encourages ‘demand-led’ sanitation: communities deciding how they will meet their needs, rather than complying with externally imposed programmes.
- pray for people living in poverty in Afghanistan.
- please pray for our Afghan partners and Tearfund’s disaster Management Team as they seek to help others.
- and pray for Afghanistan: for justice, peace, health and hope for everyone.