COVID-19 is having a catastrophic impact on millions of vulnerable families in Afghanistan.

More than 8 million children will need help to survive in 2020. Even before the pandemic hit, Afghan children lacked access to basic healthcare and quality education. Your support is urgently needed to help deliver immediate humanitarian aid.

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.*

  • 55% of people live in poverty
  • 1 child in 15 dies before their 5th birthday - 10 times that of the United States
  • 41% of children suffer from stunting due to malnutrition
  • 42% of school-age children are out of school
  • 29% of children are engaged in child labor
  • 17% of girls age 15-19 are married
  • 1 in 15 girls between age 15-19 gives birth
  • 15% of the polulation forcibly displaced due to conflict
  • 76% of girls age 15 and older struggle to read or write
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 monitoring and evaluation experts and from the 2019 Global Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)


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