| Nov 8, 2023
An update on your donation to the Afghanistan Emergency Fund
Photo: The HALO Trust
Thank you for your generous donation to the Afghanistan Emergency Fund. Donations to this GlobalGiving fund continue to make a difference, helping Afghan communities to survive harsh conditions caused by human-made disasters and natural hazards, and responding to ongoing forced displacement.
Since our last report, donations from the Afghanistan Emergency Fund have supported grants to 11 high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Tragically, since then, Afghanistan’s Herat province has been hit by several devastating earthquakes. The earthquakes killed thousands of people and created additional humanitarian needs in the country. The majority of those killed, injured, or missing were women, given their restricted employment and education opportunities outside the home. Although GlobalGiving launched an Afghanistan Earthquake Relief Fund, fortunately, many of our partners in the country were well positioned to respond thanks to grants from the Afghanistan Emergency Fund.
Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported:
- Enabled Children Initiative Ltd (ECI) is focused on supporting children and youth with disabilities by providing educational opportunities, community awareness, social integration, and emergency relief, including in response to the earthquakes in Herat province. ECI also launched the first day school for children with disabilities in the capital, Kabul.
- The HALO Trust has previous experience in Afghanistan’s earthquake-affected areas and moved quickly to deploy excavators and ambulances for first aid and evacuation. Excavation of victims’ bodies and homes continues. The HALO Trust is also distributing food packages and cooking gas in Zenda Jan and other affected districts.
- Lighthouse Relief is supporting Afghan refugees in Greece who comprise the majority of refugees and asylum seekers in the country. Many make dangerous and deadly journeys to Greece, and Lighthouse Relief has supported survivors with mental health and psychosocial support, food, and hygiene items. The organization also supports Afghans in registering asylum claims and receiving case management.
- Aseel Foundation is providing emergency response packages to women-led households and vulnerable communities in Afghanistan through its community-led Atalan (Pashto for 'Heroes') Network, its OMID (Pashto for 'Hope') System on identification, and its Do Good program. The Aseel Foundation supports communities and individuals who are not engaged in commercial activities and need livelihood support, including access to the digital economy, and humanitarian aid.
GlobalGiving’s flexible, trust-based approach to funding before, during, and after crises—including from the Afghanistan Emergency Fund—means partners can pivot to address unforeseen catastrophes when they strike. That includes delivering vital earthquake responses in Afghanistan and continuing activities in the country and with refugees abroad.
Your support of the GlobalGiving Afghanistan Emergency Fund powers community-led responses, and it means that nonprofit organizations supporting Afghan communities can continue to act quickly in emergencies and provide opportunities over the long term for families. As the crisis in Afghanistan continues to evolve, most recently with the earthquakes and forced displacement of Afghans who were living in Pakistan, your support makes a difference. You can find a list of nonprofits receiving a grant from the Afghanistan Emergency Fund at the end of this report.
Sarah + the GlobalGiving Team
Nonprofit Partners Receiving Grants
Action for Development
Aid Afghanistan for Education
Enabled Children Initiative Ltd
The HALO Trust