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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

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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More than half a million people in Afghanistan have been forced to flee their homes in this year alone. A total of 254,796 people have been displaced by deadly conflict, which shows no signs of abating. And more than 263,330 people are currently displaced due to a devastating drought across four provinces. With no rain for months, crops have failed, and families have been forced to leave their homes and set up makeshift camps. Water, food, and medicine are extremely limited, and families rely on the support of aid workers to survive.

With winter approaching, the outlook for displaced families is bleak. Afghanistan is known to have harsh winters, with heavy snowfall and sub-zero temperatures. Makeshift camps provide little defense against the cold and moisture. Winter clothing and waterproof footwear are scarce, so many children wear only sandals. Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable, and have a high risk of infection.

Families are in desperate need for assistance, but unfortunately their needs may remain unmet. So far this year, we have raised $135 for our winterization project. If we manage to raise $1000-$2000 in the next few months, we will be able to run our project to help some of those families in desperate need. Last year, we provided a mobile health clinic for vulnerable families in a camp in Parwan. Over 120 people - of whom 50 were women, and 65 were children - received treatment for acute respiratory infection. If we raise $2000 this year, we can provide 20 families (of 8-9 people) with a full winterization kit (heater, warm clothes, blankets, cooking fuel).

We thank you for the support you have given, and continue to give, to this project. Every donation makes a difference to a life. Please share our project with your families, friends, and colleagues so we can reach our target. Their lives depend on us.

Warm wishes,

The team at AfD

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On 12th of July this year, flash floods caused havoc in the Panjshir province of Afghanistan. A landslide broke the banks of a natural dam, destroying more than 150 homes, cutting off 2 districts, and killing at least 10 people. Without clean water, food, and shelter, survivors were left fighting for their lives.

Natural disasters such as flooding, landslides, drought, earthquakes, and avalanches occur frequently in Afghanistan, and are an ongoing cause of displacement. From January to July this year, 127,095 people were affected by some form of natural disaster. Insufficient investment in disaster risk reduction has rendered Afghan people increasingly vulnerable.

Meanwhile, the conflict in Afghanistan continues unabated. A total of 154,453 people have been displaced by conflict so far this year. Earlier this month in Zabul province, members of an armed group reportedly forced 37 health facilities to close, depriving nearly 240,000 people of access to health services. Just 3 days ago, militants attacked a midwife training centre in Jalalabad.

With your support, we can provide much needed relief to families displaced by conflict or natural disasters this winter. Thanks to you, we have raised $135 so far this year. This is almost enough to provide a family of 8 with one month of heating, cooking, and warm water. Your donations will enable people to survive.

Please share information about our winterization project to save more lives. We aim to implement our winterization support from October 2018.

Warm regards,

The team at Action for Development (AfD)

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Action for Development (AfD)

Project Leader:
Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq
Geneva, Geneva Switzerland
$1,461 raised of $10,000 goal
 
52 donations
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