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Afghanistan Appeal

Afghanistan is in the grip of an ongoing drought which has created extreme food shortages and a humanitarian crisis.

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Afghanistan is in the grip of an ongoing drought which has created extreme food shortages. On top of the recent political turmoil that resulted in the displacement of many individuals and families, the country is one of the world's most rapidly growing humanitarian crises.

Across Afghanistan, since the beginning of 2021, some 668,000 people fled their homes, bringing the number of internally displaced people to at least 4.2 million. COVID-19 related import restrictions and widespread unemployment have worsened food insecurity. Close to 23 million people (55% of the population) are critically food insecure. Months of drought and current harsh winter conditions have further contributed to the vulnerability of millions of Afghan families, and our partners have emphasised the urgent need for food assistance as they learn of families being forced to take desperate measures to meet their needs.

  • 18 million people need humanitarian assistance1
  • 75% of people in need are women and children1
  • 3.1 million children suffer from acute malnutrition1

A humanitarian crisis of incredible proportions is unfolding before our eyes.

Mary Ellen McGroarty Head of the UN’s World Food Programme in Afghanistan

Tearfund’s commitment to Afghanistan and our partners remains steadfast.

For over four decades, Tearfund has stood alongside our local partners in Afghanistan in working towards a more just and compassionate world. Their development work has included maternal and mental health care, education for both children and adults, projects to improve hygiene and sanitation, and support to help local people enjoy greater food security and earn an income.

Tearfund’s partners in Afghanistan are helping to address the needs of vulnerable displaced families through the provision of emergency food, hygiene supplies, blankets and education support for children in Internally Displaced People’s camps.

As well as the emergency food relief work, our partners are also assisting the recovery of communities through providing access to clean water, linking to health services and income generating opportunities for families. In all work, much consideration is given to risk management to ensure that staff and community members are safe in the process.

The number of people needing humanitarian assistance has risen by 30% since 2020 and much of the country is in extreme drought. Without a healthy harvest, the coming winter will be harsher than ever. The level of severe malnutrition in children is staggering.

Your donations will help our partners to respond to the enormous need that they are seeing – in the words of one of our partner staff: “I have never seen so many children on the street begging for food”. Please also pray for our partner staff, for safety in their work and for anxiety that they have for their own families and the future of their country.

You can show Afghan people that they have not been forgotten.

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IDP living conditions, Nangarhar, Afghanistan. Photo: Tearfund

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Your donations are supporting the vital work of our partners now. Please give today.

We will continue to keep you updated on the work of our partners in this very challenging situation.

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Pray for Afghanistan

During this very uncertain time in Afghanistan, please pray for Tearfund’s Afghan partners and the communities they have so faithfully served over many years. Please remember the very difficult decisions that they need to make. May they know God’s wisdom and be able to demonstrate love and compassion to those who are facing an uncertain future.

How to pray for Afghanistan

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Afghanistan Appeal – Frequently Asked Questions

The situation in Afghanistan is complex and rapidly changing. To help address some of your queries regarding Tearfund's response we have listed these frequently asked questions.

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Afghanistan Appeal – Church Presentation

Please use this short presentation on Tearfund's Afghanistan Appeal for sharing with your church community.

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Donate Responsibly

During times of humanitarian crises people, especially Australians, feel compelled to give generously. When disasters strike, people often ask Tearfund whether we can accept goods for those who have suffered, and send them to our local partner organisations. While we are always grateful for offers of support and we recognise that people respond from their hearts and out of compassion, sending goods is rarely the best way to support those in need overseas. The website https://donateresponsibly.org/ explains more.


Your donation to Tearfund’s ‘Afghanistan Appeal’ will, when it is possible, be used by Tearfund's partners for humanitarian response activities to assist communities impacted by the recent conflict in Afghanistan. This appeal closes on 30 April 2022. If it is not possible to use donations in Afghanistan or if excess donations are received, or received after this date, they will be redirected to other humanitarian response activities. Tearfund complies with Australian Privacy Principles. We will keep you informed about our work and appeals but you can unsubscribe at any time by calling 1800 244 986. ABN 85 085 413 832. View our privacy policy.