Help a Child in Afghanistan
- ChildFund came to Afghanistan: 2001
- Population below poverty line: 36%
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With a history of civil war, the Asian country of Afghanistan struggles to maintain its democracy and continue its reconstruction efforts of the last decade. The country is a mosaic of cultures, tribes and ethnicities.
Three decades of conflict and an array of natural disasters, including drought, earthquake, flood and heavy snow make living conditions challenging, especially for the poor. Access to basic social services is minimal throughout the country, particularly in remote villages, which not only lack clinics but good roads and communication. Gender inequity makes it difficult for women to access adequate healthcare, and many women are subjected to abuse and violence.
Afghanistan has the world’s second highest infant mortality rate. About 20 percent of children do not reach their fifth birthday.
“ChildFund Afghanistan has created Child Well Being Committees to engage communities in post-conflict healing and to protect children.”
Child Safety and Protection
An uncertain political environment means children are often neglected, abandoned and abused. ChildFund Afghanistan has created Child Well Being Committees to engage communities in post-conflict healing and to protect children. This work involves training parents, community members and government staff in basic child protection issues. ChildFund has worked in reintegration of children by training and mentoring social workers and child rights practitioners in legal and social work institutions.
Under the RESTART project in the eastern region of the country, ChildFund has feeding sessions for more than 1,200 children and construction of seven solar powered water system wells that provide safe drinking water to more than 1,350 families.
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ChildFund has constructed five Early Childhood Development Centers, which serve 200 children. It is located in Shaikh Mesri New Township of Ningrahar province in the eastern region of the country. The Restart project in the same province also works on parental care for improving parenting skills of more than 1,000 mothers.