Afghanistan

Map of Afghanistan

Population: 28.15m
Life expectancy men: 45.5 years
Life expectancy women: 45.5 years
Infant mortality rate: 14.7%
GNI per capita: 456.6US$
HDI ranking: 172/187 Low
What are these?

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. 

Please pray:

  • 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.
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