Children and families in Afghanistan are at risk this winter.
Families across Afghanistan have endured floods, earthquakes and other disasters and now face plummeting winter temperatures in unheated homes. UNICEF is delivering life-saving supplies to protect children this winter.
We need your support more than ever to reach children in Afghanistan. Please donate today.
What we are doing in response to Afghanistan earthquakes
On 7 October 2023 , three 6.3-magnitude earthquakes and several strong aftershocks hit the Herat region in western Afghanistan. More than 1,500 have been reported killed and over 154,000 people affected with numbers rising. Over 90% of those reported killed to date are children and women. These earthquakes came as families brace themselves for Afghanistan’s typically bitter winter.
Since the earthquakes, we have provided:
- 10,400 people with warm winter clothing
- 17,800 people with essential water and sanitation supplies
- Health services to more than 10,100 people
- Nine UNICEF-supported mobile health centres
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 75,000 children so far this year.
Alongside our partners, we have reached more than 5 million people with essential health services across the country.
We also supported 683,000 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.