Aug 12, 2019

A powerful testimony

Sunita, a 12 year old girl living on the mountains across Kabul, is forced to work daily on the streets of the city. Recently she has enrolled into the school for "street-working children" that Action for Development has established in 3 different locations in Kabul. She has shared her life experience with our project coordinator.

« I only have my dad left as my mother died a few years ago after giving birth to my baby brother. She was sick for a while after the delivery, and my dad sold his kidney to be able to pay for her medicine and for an operation. However, my mother died leaving us alone. Now, my dad falls sick often due to his poor health condition and he cannot work. I have five sisters and one three-year-old brother. I go on the streets to sell bags or some other items to earn some money, which is not enough to feed all of us. In winter, my dad picks some paper and cardboard from the streets to fuel our heater».

In order to assist the population of Afghanistan when the harsh winter season arrives, every year Action for Development distributes wood or coal to vunerable families, internally displaced persons and women-headed households. 

We thank every donor who helps us provide heat for the most vulnerable in Afghanistan.

Without your donations this project would have not been possible. 


Jun 24, 2019

Annual report 2018

Reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in Afghanistan

In today’s Afghanistan, women still face different challenges that prevent them from receiving adequate pre/post-natal health care, general insecurity being one of them. Most of the population also lives away from health facilities: in 2008, about 60% of the Afghan population lived at least two hours (by foot) away from a health care centre. Furthermore, because of cultural reasons, women cannot undergo consultations with male medical personnel. This is particularly problematic since female health providers are not available in every health facility. As a result, maternal and neonatal mortality are still widespread: the neonatal mortality rate is of 35 deaths for 1.000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate is 396/100.000.

To improve this alarming situation, in 2018 AfD collaborated with the Haute École de Santé of Geneva to train 21 midwives from the Takhar Province of Northern Afghanistan, whom in turn trained 128 additional midwives coming from different health facilities, in order for them to receive and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improving the quality of care provided to pregnant women and young mothers. In total, 149 midwives benefited from the training last year. As a result of this training, not only mothers and newborns living in remote areas of the country were able to receive a better quality of care, but also the community was made aware of the importance of medical care for women and children.

In addition to the midwifery training, AfD was able to provide medical supplies for a particularly deprived health facility in Panjshir, located in the northeastern part of the country. As a result, this medical facility was able to provide standard basic healthcare to about 50.000 people. 

Jun 3, 2019

A chance to education

According to Handicap International, about 200,000 children in Afghanistan are affected by at least one type of disability (physical, sensorial, or mental). The founder of the school for children with disabilities located in Kabul, Parwin Azimi (an expert of sign and Brail language, and the author of Afghanistan’s sign dictionary) mentioned that over 75% of children with disabilities do not attend school. Lack of awareness and support at the country’s decision-making level has lead to minimal infrastructure at health centres or schools for children with disabilities.  

Action for development is proud of its collaboration with the school for children with disabilities, where it supports education programmes for nearly 650 children with hearing impairment. In accordance with our organization’s goal of “healthy families, empowered communities”, we have provided food for the children and their families as an incentive to allowing children to attend the school. Nutrition is one of the biggest concerns amongst poor families. Statistics show that, in 2018, over 54% of the Afghani population lived under the poverty line. Therefore, providing food items is vital to the implementation of the school programmes in support of children with disabilities. At AfD we want to ensure that children with disabilities and their families are offered support and access to basic rights.

A message from Parween Azimi, Founder of the school for children with disabilities:

“The students in our school learn how to use sign language and to communicate with their hands. The fact that people in the community are unable to use sign language, motivates the pupils to attend our school, since they can be in a place where they can be understood and understand others.

With a vocational training, children learn the necessary skills to become self-reliant in the future. It is difficult for persons with disabilities to find employment, even when having knowledge of English or computer science. Many organizations do not trust them because of their disability, in this particular case hearing loss. It is important for us to raise awareness among the community that young adults with disabilities can be capable of assuming regular job roles.

In the next 20 years, we should aim at giving all children of Afghanistan access to education”. 

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