Since December 2006, the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) has distributed packages of food to 345 poor families in Kabul and Herat. An estimated 2510 individuals benefited from these food packages.
In Kabul, distributions were made to widows, orphans, disabled and very poor people that AIL staff identified on the street. In Herat, elders in villages identified the poor, disabled and widow recipients and packages were distributed in several villages.
Some of the stories about the recipients as told by AIL staff are the following:
One widow from a village in Herat Province said, “ For a long time my five children and I have not eaten anything except dry bread with tea with out sugar because we don't have enough income to buy food for us. The only person that supports the whole family is my 14 year old son that sells vegetables on his cart. Every day he is disturbed by the municipality police and he is moved from one place to another place and whatever he got he has to give half of his income to be able to sell from the cart. So the income his income is very less and we are fighting with this bad situation to be alive".
In Kabul City, AIL staff found a disabled man sitting in the snow on a street begging. He is the father of a family and has three sons and his wife is the widow of his brother. The four children of his brother are also living with him. The man has no leg but still he tried a lot to find a work in a school or organization as a door keeper but he could find no job so he turned his face to begging. And by receiving the food he became so happy and thanked AIL a lot and said that in this cold weather AIL saved the life of his children for a few days and God bless this organization and its staff.
Also in Kabul City, an old man was in a garbage dump and collecting bottles of Pepsi and he was looking so sad and tired and it was also snowing. When the AIL staff delivered the food to him, he began to cry and thanked God. He said that he had not eaten for 2 days and he was so sad and wondered what he would take home today and he thanked AIL and said, “God bless AIL who really helped me a lot. There are no words mention for what they did for me.”
AIL is planning to continue this project for at least the next month. It is no longer winter but there has been severe flooding in many areas of Afghanistan and internal refugees are flooding into to Kabul and Herat in search of food and shelter. AIL will continue to provide emergency relief to these and other poor families.