Afghanistan

  • Girls' education is one of the key parts of our work in Afghanistan.

    Girls' education is one of the key parts of our work in Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan has suffered three decades of conflict and natural disasters such as drought and famine.

    Afghanistan has suffered three decades of conflict and natural disasters such as drought and famine.
  • The IRC provides returning refugees with shelter, water and sanitation.

    The IRC provides returning refugees with shelter, water and sanitation.
  • The IRC works with communities across Afghanistan as they plan and manage their own development.

    The IRC works with communities across Afghanistan as they plan and manage their own development.
  • Currently working in seven of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s in-country staff is 99% Afghan.

    Currently working in seven of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s in-country staff is 99% Afghan.
  • The IRC began working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1980.

    The IRC began working with Afghan refugees in Pakistan in 1980.

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Overview

The International Rescue Committee has been supporting the Afghan people in their fight against displacement and poverty for the last three decades. During the Soviet occupation the IRC operated from 1980 to 1988 in Pakistan assisting large numbers of refugees. Then in 1988, the IRC expanded operations to work inside Afghanistan to assist people affected by conflict, natural disaster, and poverty, including displaced people and returnees.

The Afghan people have endured three decades of wide-scale conflict, and at the same time have suffered from frequent natural calamities such as droughts, floods and earthquakes. The IRC focuses on emergency preparedness as well as longer term development programming. Currently working in seven of the country’s 34 provinces, the IRC’s staff is 99% Afghan.

How we help
  • The IRC focuses on providing returning refugees and the internally displaced with shelter, water and sanitation, and restoring the nation’s health, infrastructure and economy.
  • Registered with the Afghan government to work on the National Solidarity Programme. The IRC reaches over four million people more than 4,000 communities and focus on community-driven reconstruction projects.
  • The IRC has helped 63,000 children access primary education, including high-risk children in Kabul’s informal settlements and far-flung communities in Helmand Province.
  • The IRC has provided emergency assistance to some 170,000 people in eight provinces, including safe drinking water, sanitation and relief items.

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