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Providing emergency relief in Afghanistan

2 August 2022

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Thanks to you, and £48,000 of funding from the Scottish Government Humanitarian Emergency Fund, we were able to provide emergency relief to over 2,200 people in Afghanistan.

In late 2021, due to the lingering impacts of COVID-19, extreme drought, and the effects of the Taliban takeover, many families in Afghanistan were struggling to afford basic necessities. Malnutrition rates were very high and low-income, rural communities were most at risk.

With Scottish Government funding, our partner organisation Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) was able to provide emergency cash relief to 314 families in the most drought-affected villages of Ghor Province. This support allowed families to buy basic food supplies and essential farming items such as seeds, to ensure that they were able to continue to source food after the money ran out.

Afghanistan 2Abdul Satar is a father of four and is from Ghor province. Last year, he lost his entire harvest due to drought. Buying supplies for his family was very difficult. In the photo below, he was on his way back from the market with his sons, where he was able to buy oil, rice, peas, and beans with the money he received from CRS. He also bought some sweets for his children for the upcoming Eid celebration.

I am so happy, I don’t know what words to use to say thanks. You can see the happiness on my face.

Afghanistan 3Thanks to your generosity, and the support of the Scottish Goverment, we're able to continue helping families like Abdul's when crisis strikes.