people are in need of humanitarian assistance


people need safe sanitation, including access to clean water


people lack sufficient access to health services


of Afghan families (approx.) have a member with a disability

About Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a beautiful and geographically diverse nation. However it is currently in its 38th year of protracted conflict. This is fuelled by the presence of multiple armed opposition groups and regional instability. The country remains highly insecure and its capital, Kabul, is one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Afghanistan’s development has also been blighted by a host of other factors. These include endemic corruption, ineffective state institutions, the low status of women, low levels of education, poor healthcare, frequent natural disasters and difficult regional relationships. Together these issues have resulted in high levels of poverty and vulnerability.

In addition to all of this, an influx of refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran is exacerbating the nation’s troubles.

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Our Work in Afghanistan

Tearfund has supported humanitarian work in Afghanistan since 1971. We now work through five partner organisations in ten of the country’s 34 provinces. We support these partners in a variety of programmes including:

  • Women’s self-help groups – small-scale community savings schemes which also foster broader mutual support among members. They allow the poorest people in communities to save together and access small loans. These loans can finance anything from school fees to small-business start-ups.
  • Birth Life Saving Skills (BLiSS) training, which offers mothers a safer environment to give birth in and training in caring for their newborns, reducing infant mortality.
  • Educational support and advocacy for people with disabilities in Afghanistan. The aim is to establish a series of inclusive communities, where people with disabilities and able-bodied people can live together equally.
  • Livelihood support, ensuring people have the means to provide for themselves and their families.
  • Psychosocial support, helping people traumatised by the violence to recover their emotional, spiritual and interpersonal well-being.
  • Mental health support.
  • Clean water and proper sanitation provision, and hygiene training in communities.
  • Peacebuilding, integrated into our other work; this seeks out creative, non-violent ways to respond to conflict within communities.



children with disabilities at school. This is thanks to one of our partner's work to make Afghan education policy more inclusive.


women empowered to provide for their families through the implementation of self-help groups – where members come together and save small amounts of money over time.


displaced families provided with a clean water supply in Mazar-i-Sharif.


counsellors trained and able to offer support. This is thanks to a Tearfund partner group helping shape the Afghan government’s new mental health strategy.

Pray for our work

  • Please pray for the safety and well-being of our partners’ staff, who serve the people of Afghanistan with true dedication and courage.
  • Violent incidents and terror attacks are still a frequent occurrence in Afghanistan; please pray for lasting peace and stability.
  • Please pray that, through our partners’ work, women and girls would be empowered within their communities, and that rates of gender-based violence would decrease significantly.
  • Pray that, through our livelihoods interventions, many rural communities would be pulled out of poverty to enjoy a greater quality of life.

Stories from Afghanistan

  • Damsa in a dress: tailoring hope

    ‘I’ve got nothing to wear!’ I imagine that phrase has been uttered around the world, in lots of different languages, by lots of women (and men… and…

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  • Latrine building

    Comfort and joy

    Even a short wait for the loo can feel like an eternity. For the women of Sangtu Miana in Afghanistan, the wait could last a very long time.

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  • Hands holding a bar of soap

    Next to Godliness

    Some people are never without their fitness trackers. Zargul from rural Afghanistan has a ‘wellness tracker’ and she keeps it in her pocket. ‘I carry…

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