Emergency Aid: Help Afghan women and children

by Central Asia Institute
Emergency Aid: Help Afghan women and children

In Afghanistan, the Taliban’s war on girls’ education continues to escalate. On Wednesday, high-school girls across the country were heartbroken to learn that they were banned from school. This decision was a shocking reversal of the Taliban’s earlier declaration permitting girls in grades 7-12 to return to classrooms at the start of the new school year. 

Already out of school for 8 months, teenage girls feel their dreams of higher education and rewarding careers slipping away from them. 

"Not being able to study feels like a death penalty," 15-year-old Meena told the BBC.

Despite the risks, Afghan women are standing up to the Taliban. Protests broke out yesterday as women took to the streets to demand their right to an education. 

“Is it a crime to be a girl? Is it a crime we want to study?” said one young woman. 

What does this mean going forward?
 

While we can’t take away the unimaginable pain and hardship these young women and girls are experiencing, we can do everything in our power to keep their dreams of a brighter future alive.

In the coming months, we will continue to invest in creative solutions – like informal community-based classes and accelerated learning programs for girls who have fallen behind in their studies – to keep education moving forward until the restrictions on formal schooling are lifted. 

But this work is only possible with your continued support. Now is not the time to turn away.

Will you consider making a donation today? A gift in any amount can make an immediate difference in the life of an Afghan girl.

Thank you for standing with Afghan girls and women in their time of need. Thank you for keeping their hope alive.

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Your dollars at work in Afghanistan

It’s been nearly four months since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and the Afghan people continue to face incomprehensible hardship and an uncertain future. 

With your support, we are lending a helping hand in this time of tremendous need. We’ve begun distributing emergency assistance to 300 displaced families – primarily women and children – forced to flee conflict and drought with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Thanks to you, as winter arrives, these families will have mats to sleep on, blankets for warmth, utensils for cooking, and books, pencils, and toys for their children. 

Bags of supplies for displaced families

Emergency aid kits – including blankets, mattresses, backpacks, toys, and books – ready for distribution.

Girl carrying baby in refugee camp

Displaced young girl and baby who are living in a camp for displaced people.

Women standing in line for supplies

Women and children waiting in line to receive an emergency aid kit.

Families receiving emergency kits

Families claim their emergency aid kits provided by Central Asia Institute. 

For more information on the current situation in Afghanistan, please visit our FAQs page.

Your generosity makes a difference, and we are grateful. Thank you for your support and for continuing to keep the people of Afghanistan in your thoughts and prayers.

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