Afghanistan | ActionAid UK


  • 41
    41% of children under 5 years old are stunted due to chronic undernutrition1
  • 87
    87% of women in Afghanistan have experienced domestic abuse.2
  • 60
    60% of girls are not of school in Afghanistan3.
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Four-year-old Freshta (left) is an ActionAid sponsored child. Her family are one of hundreds of families living in caves up in the mountains to avoid the Taliban

Photo: Lorenzo Tugnoli/ActionAid

What we do in Afghanistan

We’ve helped 100,000 people in Afghanistan across five provinces: Bamyan, Balkh, Hirat, Jawjan and Kabul.

Support women's rights

In Afghanistan, ActionAid has set up discussion groups where local facilitators help other women understand and practise their rights.

We train the facilitators to teach women in their communities vital skills like reading and writing - helping them to take control of their own lives.

Protect and educate children

Through local partners, we protect children across several provinces of Afghanistan, focusing on education and play time for children affected by conflict - including ex-child soldiers traumatised by war.

We work with schools, education departments, and community groups to promote the importance of education for children - especially girls because they're often the ones who miss out on going to or finishing school.

We run special courses to help more girls catch up on their studies, finish secondary school, and enrol into higher education.


Top image: Ruqia is describing the details on Covid-19 to Azada Matin Khairy/ActionAid. Others: Lorenzo Tugnoli/ActionAid