Winterization Aid for Afghan communities

by Action for Development (AfD)
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities
Winterization Aid for Afghan communities

Winter has arrived to Afghanistan. Snow and extremely low temperatures have hit the country, starting with the first snow in Mazar-e-Sharif at the beginning of December. According to reports from Action for Development's staff on the field, heavy snow also took place in the province of Panjshir.

Action for Development supports marginalized and rural communities in Afghanistan every year with a winterization campaign, aimed at providing wood heaters, warm clothes and food items to families and individuals in need. A mobile clinic in Kabul also provides basic emergency care to those in need of medical attention.

This year's campaign, launched in December 2020, has not been fully funded yet and we need the support of our donor community in order to provide the basic necessities needed for the winter months.

We thank you for your continued support throughout the years and we kindly ask you to help us fund the 2021 winterization campaign in support of Afghan communities! 

Every donation counts!

Taking this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and healthy New Year 2021, best wishes,

The Team at AfD

(Photos @AfD 2020) 

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Action for Development runs projects in Afghanistan in the field of health, education and training of health workers throughout the year. AfD also provides emergency aid and relief in situations of natural disasters, harsh weather conditions or unexpected events. The winteration campaign runs every year between the months of November and January with the aim of providing basic necessity items to be distributed amongst the most marginalized communities of Afghanistan in order to survive the harsh winter months.

The last winterization campaign took place between November 2019 and January 2020, when AfD was able to reach about 600 households for a total of 4,250 individuals; in addition, AfD was able to distribute warm clothes and shoes to the 200 children enrolled in our education program in Kabul.

In March 2020 – in response to the global emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, AfD launched an emergency appeal to raise funds in order to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistan; the establishment of a network of about 80 volunteers across the country (including nurses, school teachers, school graduates and university students, community leaders, etc.) supported AfD in raising awareness among the population on the coronavirus and how to prevent infection, particularly through hygiene and self-isolation measures. 

In April 2020, we printed and distributed about 500 flyers via a network of youth groups and religious leaders in the Provinces of Kapisa, Parwan and Kabul. At the same time, we assisted the community by distributing food items to about 200 families in need residing in Kabul.

As the lockdown measures eased in June, AfD re-opened its regular activities, and the funding from the emergency appeal also contributed to printing guidelines and information leaflets to be displayed at AfD school and health clinic's premises, as well as distributing masks and hand disinfectant in order to guarantee the safety of our staff and our beneficiaries.

In July, AfD was able to distribute food items to the families of children attending the Rahyab School for children with disabilities located in Kabul; for the celebration of Eid Al-Adha, we also distributed clothes to the children attending our "school for street-working children" program.

AfD would like to thank our donors, supporters and friends, who contribute to our projects and extend our gratitude to those who will continue to support us through their generous donations.  Our capacity of providing aid and relief in cases of emergencies depends entirely on the funding available and for this reason we count on our donor community to make sure that we can support the most vulnerable communities of Afghanistan!

With our best regards,

The Team at AfD
 

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Kabul, Kapisa and Parwan Provinces
From mid-November 2019 through January 2020

Dear friends and donors,

Action for Development, with the support of the Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung Foundation and the Municipality of Bernex (Switzerland), distributed heaters, coal and wood to individuals and families in need, to withstand the harsh temperatures and weather conditions of the winter months.

Among the beneficiaries of the winterization campaign this year were the families of about 200 children attending AfD’s schools for street-working children in Kabul; AfD also distributed additional items, like shoes and coats, to all the children attending our schools.

We would like to thank our generous donors and express our gratitude towards the support received for this campaign; we encourage our donor community to continue supporting our projects, in order to continue improving the lives of the Afghan population, particularly children.

For additional information about the winterization campaign and all of our current projects please visit www.actfordev.org

Warmest regards,

The Team at AfD

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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. 

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Project report – January 2019 – Action for Development

We would first of all like to thank everyone who has contributed to our cause. Thanks to your donations, we collected 170 USD from the winterization project on GlobalGiving, as well as an additional 1000 CHF grant (about 1000 USD) from a Swiss commune. With these donations, we were able to help 25 families living in camps, as well as 35 families of street working children who face harsh winter condition.

Distribution of heating material for the winter: we initially started looking for camps with internally displaced people in Kabul city and its surroundings, as they are the most vulnerable to the cold. Because of the cold, some people were sent to government-sponsored shelters, others went to stay with their relatives. Due to insufficient amount we decided not to go out of Kabul city. We were able to identify one camp in Parwan 3, where we further identified 25 families living in very poor conditions or who are female-headed households. We went from tent to tent and from house to house to understand their needs and living conditions. In addition to these 25 families, we identified 30 of our students (25 children from the Baburshah center, 5 children from the Karte 4 center and another 5 children from the Health Facility center) who live in extremely meagre conditions, hence their need to work on the streets to provide for their families. 

We purchased 35 sacks of coals of 52 kilograms (about 115 pounds) each. Each sack of coal cost 1200 Afghanis (about 16 USD).

  • For the street working children and their families, we made a list of all their names and gave each family a card with which they could directly go to the supplier and receive heating supply.   
  • For the families in the camp, we transported the heating supplies to the camp and distributed it there.

We talked with and interviewed some of the families we helped in order to have an idea of the conditions in which they live and the difficulties they face each day. Nasreen is a widow who lives with her only son in a tent. They have to beg each day to make a living.

Noor is a widower who became disabled after losing both his legs. He has three children who have no choice but to work in the streets on most days, otherwise they go to bed hungry. Sometimes, the neighbors share the little food they have with them. From the testimonies of these two family heads as well as many others who we were able to talk to, we realized that help is needed for them to cover their basic needs and survive. Once again, we thank everyone who has donated to our cause for the assistance they have been able to provide for the families who need it the most.

There are thousands of families who now are living in bitterly cold winter conditions with no electricity, food, water. Elderly, women and children are most pron to hypotermia, which eventually leads to death among the children under 5 years old. They need immediate life-saving support.

We thank you for your trust in AfD and support that you provide to the people in need.

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Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
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