Islamic Relief has been working in Afghanistan for more than 18 years, providing emergency relief and implementing life-changing development projects for some of the most vulnerable people in the country. Islamic Relief set up its Afghanistan field office in 1999.
We have worked in 35 districts across the country, and in sectors as diverse as sustainable livelihoods, education, health, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene, and emergency response.
Early projects combined emergency relief with development, and included drought relief and food aid. We worked in partnership with the UN World Food Programme on 26 projects, including health and nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, food distribution, and vegetable oil and biscuit distribution to girls’ schools in the south (Kandahar, Helmand, Urzgan, Zabul and Nimroz provinces).
Islamic Relief was one of the few aid agencies to continue working in Afghanistan during the military incursions, and our Kabul, Balkh, Jalalabad and Bamyan offices remain open today.
Many people live without access to basic services, including clean water and sanitation. We are currently running a number of projects designed to combat this. We help rehabilitate drug users, encourage children to attend school by supplying them with food, stationery and uniforms, and provide home-based education to girls and women who are/were unable to go to school. We also run a supplementary feeding programme for children and pregnant women.
Access to safe water for internally-displaced people and cave dwellers is another focus of our work in Afghanistan, as well as shelter improvement for families living in caves and for landslide-affected families.
Islamic Relief supports orphans with education, nutrition and health. Our sponsorship programme runs in Kabul, Nangarhar, Bamyan and Balkh provinces.