One of the major ways that Shelter attempts to provide aid to those in Afghanistan is to give food and resources to people during the harshest times of the year to try and lighten the burden they face.
IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) represent the largest groups of needy people.
There are more than 3 million IDPs and refugees in Afghanistan that have been forced to leave their homes and simply wander looking for somewhere to start a new life. We don't have the power to give them their own homes back or provide them with new ones, but we do have the ability to offer them food and winter supplies to help them make it through the brutally cold winter.
Through generous donations in 2020 we have provided relief for:
Food relief for 500 Chalou families in the Laghman province
Food relief for 1,000 IDP refugee families in Kandahar
Food relief for 350 IDP refugee families in Laghman
Winter food relief, soap, masks and Covid-19 training in hygiene for 800 Kuchi families
Winter clothes for 500 school children in Panjshir province
Food relief, soap, masks and Covid-19 training in hygiene for 850 Chalou families in Kabul
Urgent flood relief with the provision of food for 28 families in the province of Panjshir
But we still have urgent needs
Food relief for 700 IDP families in Nangarhar Province (eastern Afghanistan). Project No.127-006
It costs about $60 AUD per family to provide the basic food items of:
+ 50 kg of flour
+ 5 litres cooking oil
+ 3.5 kg kidney beans
+ 7 kg rice
Winters are cold in Afghanistan, with temperatures hovering around or below freezing, with further drops in temperature in the nights. Snow is particularly common in winter months in the capital region.
The main way to heat a house in winter is through a fireplace. If firewood can't be bought and stored, anything that can be burnt will be: rubber, tires, rubbish.
Shelter provides firewood for especially vulnerable populations that have no access to any heating source.