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Afghanistan

Natural disasters and political strife make the lives of those living in Afghanistan difficult. To help, we provide assistance with access to drinking water and more.

Quick Facts:

  • Population: 31 million
  • Working people earning less than $2/day: 74%
  • Life expectancy: 61
  • Infant mortality (per thousand live births): 71
  • Age 5 and under mortality (per thousand under 5 children): 99
  • Maternal mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 live births): 460
  • Mean years of schooling: 3.21
  • Females with at least some secondary education: 6%

Concern’s work in Afghanistan focuses on reducing poverty and minimizing vulnerabilities as well as responding to the emergency needs of people afflicted by natural disasters.

Our Solutions

After three decades of war and years of cyclical flooding, landslides, and droughts, Afghanistan’s people, 7.6 million of whom are food insecure, are in need of support to help them move out of poverty and cope with natural disasters. Concern’s work focuses on reducing poverty and minimizing vulnerabilities as well as responding to the emergency needs of people afflicted by natural disasters.

Through our livelihoods programs, we reached over 252,000 people in 2014 by improving their resources, community institutions, livelihoods opportunities, income, and food security. Education is a key focus, and we work to improve access to schools, better the quality of instruction, eliminate gender disparity in schools, and create safe spaces for children to learn and play.

Through the Action for Women’s Advocacy on Rights and Empowerment (AWARE) program, we are encouraging women to take leadership roles in designing projects that will benefit them and their communities. We are also working to help disaster-prone areas be more environmentally sustainable for farming by focusing on water and natural resource management, erosion prevention, improved irrigation, rehabilitating degraded land, and using climate-smart agriculture techniques like agroforestry and crop rotation.

Some of our programs

  • Integrated Development, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS)
  • Sustainable Management for Improved Livelihoods and Environment (SMILE)
  • Actions for Women’s Advocacy, Rights and Empowerment (AWARE)