Help Save Children in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s turbulent history has been shaped by decades of internal conflict and extreme natural disasters, especially drought. The people of the war-torn county struggle with extreme poverty. Combined with dangerous security issues, the country is considered to be among the most dangerous places for children to be born.

The Challenges for Children in Afghanistan

Suffering from widespread violence, poverty and natural disasters, Afghanistan’s children need your help.*

  • 24% of girls 15 and older are literate
  • 42% of school-age children are out of school
  • 70 out of 1000 children die before their 5th birthday
  • 29% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 54% of people live in poverty
Map of Afghanistan

Our Work for Children in Afghanistan

For almost 30 years, Afghanistan’s children have been affected by conflict. Afghan 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 also works to save Afghanistan’s hardest-to-reach children by offering them protection, emotional support, healthcare, nutrition and the opportunity to learn.

Working closely with local communities in Afghanistan, Save the Children designs Sponsorship programs to help vulnerable children from early childhood to early adulthood – giving them a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm along the way.

Our early childhood programs help prepare toddlers and young children for school by giving them access to quality preschools and early literacy programs. Our programs designed for primary school-aged kids work to transform students into lifelong learners by building strong curriculums and passionate teachers.

Our work with adolescents focuses on that challenging transition between childhood and adulthood, helping ensure it’s a positive one by teaching them money, job and relationship skills. 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. 

  • Protected 8,698 children from harm
  • Supported 113,298 children in times of crisis
  • Provided 348,742 children with a healthy start in life
  • Supported 24,733 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
  • Gave 41,136 children vital nourishment

How to Help Children in Afghanistan

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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2017 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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