Afghanistan

CRS supports children in remote areas of Afghanistan to access education in community-based schools. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

CRS supports children in remote areas of Afghanistan to access education in community-based schools. Photo by Jennifer Hardy/CRS

The Catholic Relief Services strategic plan for Afghanistan focuses on poverty and risk reduction, human development and emergency response in rural areas in western and central Afghanistan. CRS works to:

  • Support people, especially girls and women from marginalized communities, gain basic education
  • Support poor rural and peri-urban households to have increased livelihood security
  • Support vulnerable communities to survive shocks without long-term negative impact on their livelihoods.

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Stats

Population:31,108,077 (July 2013 est.)
Size:249,935 sq mi; slightly smaller than Texas
People Served:35,541

History

Catholic Relief Services began supporting development efforts in Afghanistan in 1998 as a member of the Caritas Network, and initiated direct operations in Afghanistan in early 2002. CRS currently works in Herat, Ghor, Bamiyan and Kabul Provinces.

Partners

The Afghanistan National Association for the Deaf
The Welfare and Development Organization of Afghanistan

Programs

Agriculture
Education
Disaster Response
Safety Net
Water and Sanitation


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