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Decades of conflict and drought have caused mass poverty. Donate Now.

Decades of conflict and drought have caused mass poverty. Donate Now.

2021 Afghanistan Emergency Appeal

Families in Afghanistan are on the run as the security situation deteriorates.

Right now, rapidly escalating conflict in Afghanistan is forcing hundreds of thousands of women, children and families to flee their homes and run for safety.

Please give now, to help lifesaving humanitarian assistance reach the most vulnerable families affected by the crisis in Afghanistan.

For almost three decades, Afghanistan has faced extended conflicts, drought and massive population displacement, all of which have contributed to extreme poverty throughout the country.

CARE’s charity work in Afghanistan began in 1961 with a focus on improved medical training and healthcare. However, the deteriorating political and security situation made it necessary to suspend operations from 1980 to 1989.

Since then, CARE has responded to both man-made and natural disasters, with our projects including community-led reconstruction, microcredit, working with internally displaced people, and maternal and child health.

Fast Facts

Population:  34,124,811 (July 2017 est.)
Life expectancy:  51.7 years (50.3 years male, 53.2 years female) (2017 est.)
Infant mortality:  110.6 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
Under-5 mortality*:  70.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2015 est.)
Maternal mortality:  396 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
Adult literacy rate: 38.2% (52% male, 24.2% female) (2015 est.)
Access to improved drinking water:  55.3% (78.2% urban, 47% rural)
Access to improved sanitation:  31.9% (45.1% urban, 27% rural)
Labour force participation rate^:  86% male, 17.3% female (2017 est.)
Percentage of seats held by women in national parliament^: 28%
GDP per capita: $1,900 (2017 est.)

Source: CIA World Factbook, *UNICEF, ^ World Bank

Resilient livelihoods

Afghanistan ranks among the lowest in the world in terms of human development (169 of 188 countries and territories) and is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since the agricultural sector is central to Afghanistan’s economy, it is critical to strengthen the country’s ability to produce efficiently and effectively, and improve job opportunities for women. Many regions have long-established farming practices, poor infrastructure, and limited knowledge of markets and the production process, and are susceptible to natural disasters including flooding, drought, landslides, and earthquakes.

From 2015 – 2018, CARE played a significant part in improving agricultural practices and production, ensuring households can access agricultural related information and networks. The project worked with vulnerable rural communities to enable households with limited access to land or employment to grow their own food, improving food security, income and resilience. The project has also seen vulnerable groups better equipped to influence decision-making processes relating to their livelihoods.

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Support our ongoing work to create a more equal world.

Your donation can help end extreme poverty and give people the means to build a better future for themselves in countries like Afghanistan.

For those living in extreme poverty, your support brings education and training, healthcare and clean water, nutritious food, and new ways to earn an income. And in times of crisis, you help us deliver emergency relief. Please make a lifesaving donation today.