Afghanistan Children

Emergency Alert:

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Afghanistan and Pakistan early Monday, October 26. Save the Children is closely monitoring the situation and stands ready to respond.

About Afghanistan

For almost 30 years Afghan children have been affected by conflict. Afghanistan children face one of the worst chances of survival of anywhere in the world. Parents need support to buy food for their children as they cannot depend on fall harvests to feed their families. Save the Children is advancing a plan to temporarily employ parents of children in need on projects to improve local reservoirs, agricultural canals and other critical drought-related projects.

Facts About

More than 31 Million
live there

The average girl stays in
school only until she's 9

98 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $2 a day

About our Work

Afghanistan’s turbulent modern history has been shaped by decades of internal conflict and extreme natural disasters, especially drought. With an estimated population of 30 million, this landlocked country at the historical crossroads of Central Asia is extremely poor and highly dependent on foreign aid as it struggles to rebuild. After years of war and severe poverty, combined with poor security, the country is considered to be among the most dangerous places for children to be born.

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Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 62,628
from harm

supported 302,697
in times of crisis

provided 124,934 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 62,300 families
feed their children

gave 285,805 children
vital nourishment

Sponsorship Programs

Since 2006, Save the Children in Afghanistan has worked with local communities and organizations to design Sponsorship programs for kids. Targeted to help children from early childhood to early adulthood, our programs work to make a healthy and safe environment where children can learn and grow. Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs, while our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculum and passionate teachers. We also provide health education and care to children in need through our school health programs to help children stay healthy, well-nourished and in school. Thanks to the generous support from our community of sponsors, these essential programs in Afghanistan continue to give children a healthy start and the opportunity to learn, protecting them from harm along the way.

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

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