At this dark time, Central Asia Institute remains committed to doing all we can to continue our education programs. But for now, we're shifting our immediate focus to the urgent needs of those who are most vulnerable. At present, we're working with our local partners to assess the most immediate needs of the displaced, especially children, many of whom lack food, water, shelter, and healthcare.
The people of Afghanistan face a precarious future. The abrupt withdrawal of the U.S. and the Taliban's rapid takeover has left a humanitarian disaster in their wake. Those who have most to fear - Afghanistan's women and girls - are fleeing for their lives. More than 250,000 people have been displaced in the wake of the crisis in Afghanistan - 80% of them are women and children.
Central Asia Institute has worked in Afghanistan the last 20 years, helping to provide education and opportunity to women and girls across the country. Now, CAI is actively working with our partners on the ground to meet the most critical needs of the people who have been displaced, especially women and children. Many of them lack food, water, shelter, and healthcare. The needs right now are immense. And so is what's at stake.
Please help. A gift today will provide emergency aid to women, girls, and families on the frontlines of this crisis. Without help, hundreds of thousands face a bleak future fraught with hunger, poverty, and insecurity