About The Situation
According to the United Nations, living standards in Afghanistan are among the lowest in the world. In a 2010 report, the UN ranked Afghanistan 155th out of 169 countries on its global Human Development Index, which measures education, lifespan and economic performance.
Many of Afghanistan’s challengers are due to conflicts, but others are inherent because of its climate and terrain: while 78% of the population works in agriculture, only 12% of the land can be farmed. Survival is not taken for granted: one in every four children born in Afghanistan will die before age 5.
How Islamic Relief Is Helping
Islamic Relief has been working in Afghanistan since 1992, providing aid services to people who have suffered for generations. Poverty, war, natural disasters and drug trafficking have all contributed to the anguish of the Afghan people. In response to the 2001 conflict in the region, Islamic Relief opened a permanent office in Afghanistan. Early projects combined emergency relief with economic development initiatives, in addition to drought relief and food assistance. Later projects added education, water and sanitation, livelihood support and rebuilding of community infrastructure.