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CRS in Afghanistan

CRS’ work in Afghanistan is focused on three primary areas: agriculture, education and disaster response. 

Our work in Afghanistan entails robust agriculture programming. Improved farming practices, access to markets and small business development in rural and peri-urban areas all lead to higher incomes and more secure lives. 

We bring highly valued education opportunities to rural Afghanistan, with special focus on basic education for girls and young women. Another facet of CRS education work in Afghanistan that we find particularly inspiring is our partnership with the Afghan National Association for the Deaf. Most of the staff members are themselves hearing impaired and deeply committed to helping children learn.

CRS also does disaster response work, with emergency preparedness an important emphasis. We help communities learn how better to manage effective responses to disasters.                


People served: 90,458 (FY 2014: 15,873 direct; 74,585 indirect)

Population: 31,822,848 (July 2014 est.)

Size: 249,935 sq mi; slightly smaller than Texas

CRS' History in Afghanistan

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, Daykundi and Kabul Provinces.