Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Over a third of the population live below the poverty line and struggle to meet their basic needs.
As the coronavirus spreads to communities made vulnerable by years of conflict, our sister agencies are working to provide life saving information.
Why CAFOD works in Afghanistan
Conflict and poor governanace mean that poverty is widespread in Afghanistan.
Most of the population live in rural areas and depend on farming to feed their families, but the country also suffers from natural disasters such as earthquakes and landslides.
Afghanistan is a highly patriarchal society which means that women often face discrimination.
Our work in Afghanistan
CAFOD has worked in Afghanistan since the late 1980s.
With your donations, we are:
- Supporting local farmers to grow more crops and sell them at markets, and helping to set up other small businesses in vulnerable communities.
- Setting up savings and loans groups and teaching maths and business skills. Saving small amounts each week means that families can plan for the future.
- Promoting women’s empowerment by working with self-help groups to teach business and leadership skills that support women to set up their own small businesses.
- In addition to supporting communities on the ground, we work with local experts to challenge some of the systems which keep Afghan families in poverty.
Some of our work in Afghanistan has had to be paused to keep our network of local experts and the families they work with safe from coronavirus.
Our fellow Caritas Internationalis member, Catholic Relief Services, has been spreading life-saving prevention messages in the vulnerable communities we work with.