Children and families at risk after three devastating earthquakes and strong aftershocks hit western Afghanistan
Three 6.3-magnitude earthquakes and several strong aftershocks hit the Herat region in western Afghanistan on 7 October 2023 where 1,000 have been killed and over 10,000 people affected with numbers rising. Over 90% of those reported killed to date are children and women.
We need your support more than ever to reach those in need as quickly as possible.
What we are doing in response to Afghanistan earthquakes
We are working round the clock to respond to the urgent needs of the children and families whose lives have been devastated by the earthquakes.
In the first 72 hours we have provided:
- Psychosocial support for 875 children
- 80,000 litres of safe drinking water
- 10,000 hygiene kits and 5,000 family kits
- 1,200 cartons of life-saving therapeutic food
- Tents to use as temporary health and education facilities
What’s happening in Afghanistan?
Afghanistan was already one of the toughest places on earth to be a child. Right now, the situation is desperate. Political instability, earthquakes, an economic crisis, drought, and COVID-19 have collided to create an unprecedented humanitarian emergency in the world.
15.8 million children across Afghanistan urgently need humanitarian assistance.
They need protection and assistance now
We’re delivering essential health supplies in the face of increasingly dangerous disease outbreaks. Diseases such as measles, where we have provided vaccines for over 105,000 children so far this year.
Alongside our partners, we have reached more than 6.4 million people with essential health services across the country.
We also supported 682,000 children (60% of which are girls) with access to education.
But we simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child in danger. We need your help to continue to provide essential life-saving supplies to the children who need it the most.
Help us reach every child in danger. Please donate now to protect children in Afghanistan.
Donating by phone
If you’re in the UK and would prefer to make a donation by phone, you can call our dedicated donation line: 0300 330 5699.
You can help us reach more children affected by the crisis. Please donate today and help us protect children in Afghanistan.
For the first 6 months, monthly donations made to this appeal will go towards funding our work to support children in Afghanistan. After that, donations will go to support our work around the world. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed what’s needed for the appeal, we will direct any excess funds to support our work to help keep children safe and healthy around the world.