Building sustainable futures in Afghanistan

World Vision began emergency relief operations in Afghanistan in 2001, to address the urgent needs of children and families affected by natural disasters and decades of conflict. Today, programs have expanded to development sectors such as health, water and sanitation, child protection, education and empowering women to engage in civil and social change.
In a country where 70 per cent of the population lives in chronic poverty, we work with the Government of Canada to target the most vulnerable for interventions, including those forced from their homes and now living as refugees in their own country. We serve families and children in Afghanistan by improving access to basic services such as health care and water and sanitation, and by supporting families’ efforts to be self-sufficient.

Your impact in Afghanistan

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in 2016:
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 9,198 malnourished children in Afghanistan were enrolled in nutritional programs and monitored to ensure they are growing healthy
  • 676 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children
  • 51,326 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 17 health centres were improved with renovations, medical equipment or supplies to better care for children and families
Children and families have access to safe water and sanitation facilities, and training in hygiene practices to stay healthy.

  • 116 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 1,700 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for families and children in Afghanistan
  • 6,494 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 5,351 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families
  • 1,700 farmers received livestock, seeds or tools to improve productivity and better provide for their children and families
  • 6,240 farm animals were distributed to families, providing a better means to take care of their children

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