WHAT WE DO AFGHANISTAN RELIEF

You see abandoned children almost
everywhere you go in Afghanistan .
Many roam the streets and countryside in
groups, huddling together at night for
warmth. This young girl has no shoes in
one of the coldest winters ever!

Afghanistan is Still in Crisis

One out of every four (25%) Afghan children dies before his/her fifth birthday. Making a bad situation worse, Afganistan has lost 100,000 sheep and goats, a primary source of food.

The United Nations reports that this is Afghanistan's coldest winter in 30 years. The heavy snow and severe cold has hindered food aid deliveries to many areas and stopped completely to some areas, leaving the inhabitants at risk of starvation.

Children's Hunger Relief Fund's Emergency Response Team has once again been called to action. We recently delivered aid and relief to three different mountain villages in the regions of Kabul, Nangahar Province and Bamiyan. The relief team spent a few nights with the villagers and experienced firsthand these devastating living conditions. During this trip they also developed and strengthened their relationship with the local leaders.

A total of 1750 food parcels and blankets were delivered to families and children, many of them orphans. Assistance was also provided to refugees living in tents. The food packages consisted of flour, rice, beans, oil, tea, sugar and salt which is sufficient for a family of six to help them survive the harsh winter for up to eight weeks. The cost of each package was $35, blankets cost $6.

We are also working to help in the rebuilding and repair of schools. Since May of 2007, 98 schools have been burned to the ground. In several provinces of Afghanistan, an estimated 300,000 students cannot attend school. During thisrecent trip, WE helped to sponsor and repair a school outside of Jalalabad.

As one of our team members put it, “God’s hand of protection was certainly on us, each day we were aware of danger and insecurity around us.” He concluded with, “Thank you for your prayers and for all your support, without which, trips such as these would not take place. Together we have made a difference in the lives of many poor people. For us it may not be much of a difference, but for them it is all the difference. Only because of His Grace.”

Children's Hunger Relief Fund has been providing relief and project support to the suffering people of Afghanistan since 2001. This includes:

Caring for orphaned and abandoned children. We currently sponsor Samaritan Center Children's Home near the capital city of Kabul . This home provide a long-term community of care and support for abandoned children, and also some war widows and their children.

Emergency relief. We have made multiple relief trips to Afghanistan , including several winter trips to remote mountain areas where particularly heavy snowfalls and extreme cold placed thousands of families on the knife-edge of survival.

Clean water projects. We recently began to sponsor water well projects in Afghanistan , which are critically needed for both health and agricultural reasons. Only 13% of Afghans have access to improved drinking water, resulting in high rates of waterborne disease and extremely high death rates for small children in particular. Water wells also help support a sustainable economic base through agriculture and other water-intensive small industry.

Infrastructure reconstruction. Much of Afghanistan's buildings and infrastructure were damaged or destroyed during the prolonged years of war. We have sponsored several reconstruction projects, including two bridges joining villages to schools and markets on the other side of the river.

Infrastructure reconstruction. Much of Afghanistan's buildings and infrastructure were damaged or destroyed during the prolonged years of war. We have sponsored several reconstruction projects, including two bridges joining villages to schools and markets on the other side of the river.

This commitment has not come without cost: three Afghan team leaders have been killed in the line of service. We salute these modern-day heroes and their families and ask you to remember them in your prayers.

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