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.
Country News and Stories
January 7, 2016
In Afghanistan, a Snapshot of Education’s Impact
In a remote village in Afghanistan’s Ghor Province, Catholic Relief Services started a classroom for second-graders. Most of the villagers are illiterate, but they know education is the key to their future.
October 26, 2015
As Winter Approaches, CRS Readies Response to Afghanistan, Pakistan Earthquake
CRS is reaching out to the affected areas to gauge damage and plan a response.
December 9, 2014
Education on the Edge: Reaching Children in the Mountains of Afghanistan
CRS is working with communities in remote, highland areas of Afghanistan to expand community-based education programs.
November 15, 2012
Keyhole Gardens Raise Crops and Nutrition
Before you read this story, think of the food you ate yesterday: the fruits and vegetables, the toast, the meat or cheese, the eggs, the sweets and, if you're anything like me, plenty of coffee and tea to get through...
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.