Afghanistan

An ongoing and worsening crisis
45% of the population have no access to safe drinking water
50% of children under 5 are suffering from malnutrition
270,000 Pakistanis have been taking refuge in Afghanistan since 2014
130,000 people helped

Context

Afghanistan is a country in the grip of a chronic crisis. After three decades of civil war and near-total isolation, the country’s institutional and economic capacities have fallen considerably.

After the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, thousands of Afghan refugees returned, resulting in a sudden overpopulation and additional pressure on resources that were already suffering from poor management. Provisions of stocks have fallen sharply, and people are in a permanent state of food insecurity. Because the land has been excessively farmed, the country is also prone to natural disasters, particularly floods, which destroy the harvests.

Since 2014 and the start of military operations launched by the Pakistani government in border zones, 270,000 Pakistanis have fled, most settling in communities in the Khost and Paktika provinces, as well as in the Gulan refugee camp. For both host communities and refugees, resources are becoming scarce, particularly water.

  • 31.3 million inhabitants
  • 35.8% poverty rate
  • 171st out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 1980
  • Team 9 international staff
    197 national staff
  • Budget €3.27 M

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL works in the Bamyan and Wardak provinces, as well as in the Gulan camp in Khost, helping those displaced by war, Pakistani refugees and host communities.

Gulan camp is overpopulated, which sometimes results in water shortages. Our teams are improving and extending the water distribution networks in that area, to enable everyone to have access to safe drinking water. To prevent the spread of disease, sanitation and waste treatment systems have been set up, and we have also built latrines and showers. Alongside these projects, we run training programs in how to maintain these infrastructures, as well as campaigns promoting hygiene.

So as to help the most vulnerable affected by wars and natural disasters, the SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams deliver an immediate and qualitative response that meets their basic needs: food, shelter and hygiene. The work done as part of the Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) involves several NGOs and can cover a considerable part of the country.

In Bamyan, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is fighting to combat food insecurity – which is chronic here – through resource management activities designed to minimize the impact of natural disasters, by dispensing training in farming techniques such as bag cultivation and improving irrigation systems. The most vulnerable households benefit from income generating activities and cash distribution.

Partners

European Union (ECHO, EuropeAid), CHF (UNOCHA), CIAA, CDCS, AFD, Landell Mills (British consultant firm funded by the European Commission)

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

100,000 people helped

– Drinking water supply
– Latrines and showers construction
– Hygiene promotion
– Hygiene kits and mosquito nets distributions
– Irrigation systems installation
– Best water management practices community training

food security

Food security and livelihood suupport

30,000 people helped

– Solar ovens distribution
– Small livestock distribution
– Best agricultural resource management practices community training
– School gardens creations
– Cash-for-work programs
– Unconditional cash transfers
– Awareness-raising sessions on natural resource management practices

Should you have any questions, please contact Cristina Thevenot.

Cristina Thevenot

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