Building sustainable futures in Afghanistan


Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Power dynamics in Afghanistan are changing at a terrifying speed, and food scarcity and forced displacement are soaring. World Vision warns that children will pay the price as they face a greater risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Read more here.

Nearly half of the country’s population - 18.4 million people, 8.2 million of which are children - need immediate assistance and protection. And these numbers are growing. Our Raw Hope program aims to provide support to girls and boys in the most dangerous places like Afghanistan. Learn more.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations

In support of public health recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, some sponsorship program activities have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Activities may include sponsor queries and correspondence, sponsor visits, gift notifications and gift deliveries. These temporary suspensions may affect the information you receive from us in the coming weeks and months. Learn more about our response to COVID-19.
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 the past year:
  • 720 frontline workers were trained in child protection issues as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 146,607 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 78,511 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 17 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 71,389 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online

Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in Afghanistan, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020

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