The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, formally established in 2004, has collapsed. The Taliban now represents the de facto authority of the country.
According to UNICEF, more than half the population of Afghanistan, or 18 million people, need humanitarian assistance, including almost 10 million children. Over 390,000 people are internally displaced (over half of them children), and more than 12 million people are at emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity.
There are grave security concerns for members of the Afghan population who assisted the previous government or their allies, including Australia, and for the rights of women and girls.
This give list provides a range of organisations working to help the people of Afghanistan with their food, shelter, healthcare and educational needs.
Although the following entities are known to APS, we do not conduct a detailed analysis of their financial position and governance before their inclusion in this list. This is not an exhaustive list of the many not-for-profit organisations working in this space.
Afghan Australian Development Organisation
AADO has been running highly successful teacher training as well as literacy and livelihood programs for village women to provide them with the opportunity to generate their own income and gain status in their communities usually reserved for men. During the crisis, they will continue to support the people in their communities.
Asia Pacific Network of Refugees
APNR is running an emergency appeal to support their local trusted Afghan partners who are caring for the most vulnerable, led by Najeeba Wazefedost, an Afghan refugee who sought asylum in Australia in 2000. Donations will be used to give food, clean water, shelter and cash assistance to families that have lost their homes.
The appeal above is not tax-deductible, however, APNR has DGR status through the Refugee Council of Australia.
Care Australia has launched an emergency appeal to support those in Afghanistan who are fleeing their homes. They are providing food, water and shelter where it is most needed. “The triple crisis of the economic hardship created by the pandemic, drought and the current insecurity leaves women in an incredibly difficult situation,” says Marianne O’Grady, CARE Afghanistan’s Deputy Country Director. “CARE is deeply concerned that hard-won gains by women and girls are being rolled back.”
Emergency Action Alliance
This newly formed alliance is made up of 16 Australian based member charities. They are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response. The alliance acts as a single fundraising entity for large-scale disasters that members are already working on, including the Afghanistan crisis with a goal of making it easy for donors to navigate confusion around emergency funding.
Give2Asia is an international nonprofit that serves as a strategic partner and ally working on the ground in more than 23 countries across the Asia Pacific. Their role is to strengthen the work of local organisations and mobilize support through philanthropic giving. Give2Asia has partnered with Afghanaid, a leading organisation with 40 years’ experience, working in Afghanistan to deliver emergency assistance to families who have to flee their homes or lost their livelihoods in the conflict.
Hagar has been working with vulnerable women and children in Afghanistan since 2008. The humanitarian relief appeal will focus on the provision of food aid to existing clients and other vulnerable people; primary healthcare for displaced people in the form of a mobile medical clinic; emergency shelter for at-risk homeless girls and women; and safe spaces for displaced young people to learn, play and feel safe.
Humanitarian Assistance For Driving International Action (HADIA)
The HADIA Foundation helps create self-sustainable communities by providing humanitarian assistance in the areas of health, education, sport and development. The Foundation’s projects operate in underdeveloped countries. Its current flagship programs operate in Afghanistan where it runs the first and largest free mobile library for children, provides free eyesight restoration surgeries, prosthetic limbs to land mine victims, multivitamins, and sporting equipment to those in need.
They are running an appeal to support displaced Afghans in Kabul, where $110 will provide food for a family of five for one month.
Human Rights Watch Australia
By investigating and exposing human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch works to create a world where everyone is treated fairly and equitably, no matter their race, religion, or beliefs. They call for action so that people who disagree with their government can speak their opinions freely so that children are protected, and refugees cared for. Australia Director Elaine Pearson sent a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, urging the Australian Government to prioritise protection for fleeing Afghans.
Indigo foundation partners with local grassroots organisations around the world to empower women and girls, improve outcomes in education and health, defend human rights and build strong and resilient local organisations. They have worked across a network of villages in rural Afghanistan since 2003 to improve education outcomes, especially for girls and young women. Over the past 18 years, they have helped partner communities to build 12 schools – including the first girls’ school in the region. The foundation has trained teachers, provided desks and chairs, libraries and toilets to 23 schools. This support has been crucial to help families feel comfortable to let their girls attend – and achieve – in school.
Mahboba’s Promise was founded by Mahboba Rawi, an Afghan refugee and now an Australian citizen, who has experienced first-hand the effects of a country torn apart by years of war and civil unrest. The organisation has their own team working on the ground who will continue its work. $150 towards their current appeal with provide a single family with shelter, food, water, baby formula, blankets, pillows, basic hygiene to meet their fundamental needs.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières has projects in five provinces, providing general and specialised care from hospitals and health centres, as well as outreach clinics in surrounding areas. Funding will be used to support the centre with the greatest need amongst the following:
- A health centre and outreach care in Herat, on the western edge of Afghanistan, providing COVID-19 care and therapeutic feeding. These facilities primarily support the displaced population in this area, but locals are also welcome
- A tuberculosis clinic and treatment program in Kandahar, plus outreach care
- A maternity hospital in Khost. This is MSF’s busiest maternity, typically delivering more than 2,000 babies a month
- A trauma centre in Kunduz, as well as a stabilisation unit for front-line care
- A hospital providing comprehensive care in Lashkar Gah
Red Cross Australia
The International Red Cross remains in Afghanistan and is working on humanitarian aid requirements across the country. In particular, the ICRC is treating victims wounded by weapons. More than 40,000 people wounded by weapons have been treated at ICRC-supported facilities in June, July and August. Their medical teams and physical rehabilitation centres expect to receive patients for months and years to come as they recover from wounds from explosive devices that litter the country, many of them newly laid in recent weeks.
Refugee Advice & Casework Service
RACS provides critical free legal advice, assistance and representation, for financially disadvantaged and vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia. They also advocate for systemic law reform and policy that treats refugees with justice, dignity and respect. As well as being ready to provide support services to refugees from Afghanistan, RACS has joined with the Afghan Australian Advocacy Network in calling for the Australian Government to support refugees through a number of steps including providing permanent protection to existing refugees on temporary visas and committing to an additional humanitarian intake of at least 20,000 places.
Refugee Council of Australia
The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the national peak body on refugee policy. Their purpose is to work with their members in promoting the development of humane, lawful and constructive policies towards refugees and people seeking asylum. RCOA has released a statement advocating seven steps the Australian government should take on Afghanistan right now.
Sadaqa Welfare Fund
The Sadaqa Emergency appeal is focused on providing aid to those who have lost their homes and are being forced to sleep rough on the streets. The packages include water, cooked meals, food packages, bread, blankets, pillows, mattresses and new tents for homeless families.
Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA)
SAWA has a history of supporting women, particularly under the previous Taliban regime. SAWA’s aim is to assist projects dedicated to the advancement of the rights of Afghanistan’s women in all areas. Such projects have included orphanages, schools, adult education, health services and income generation for women.
UNHCR is focused on an emergency response for the large number of Afghans who’ve had to flee their homes. They are especially concerned with the impact of the conflict on women and girls; some 80 per cent of nearly a quarter of a million Afghans displaced since the end of May are women and children. The emergency response includes providing shelter, food, water, sanitation and cash assistance.
UNICEF will maintain a team in Afghanistan, in Kabul and across all regions. They are distributing hygiene kits, trucking water, tending to malnourished children with ready-to-use therapeutic food, and vaccinating babies and young children. This week in Kabul, in several of the new camps for internally displaced people, UNICEF established child-friendly spaces, nutrition hubs, and vaccination sites. A donation to UNICEF will support the following programs:
- WASH: To provide emergency water, sanitation and hygiene supplies and pre-position supplies
- Nutrition: preposition supplies of ready-to-use therapeutic food that help prevent severe acute malnutrition
- Health: Ongoing Health and polio services
- Child protection, gender-based violence in emergencies and prevention of sexual exploitation & abuse programs
Updated 15 October 2021