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.
“22.8 million Afghans will be at potentially life-threatening levels of hunger this winter, 8.7 million of whom will face near-famine conditions.” *
WHO and WFP estimate that "3.2 million Afghan children under age five will suffer from acute malnutrition this winter, with one million at risk of dying.”
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report released in September says that "up to 97% of Afghanistan’s population was at risk of slipping below the poverty line by mid-2022 as a result of the worsening political and economic crises." *
SNI has the ability to offer many people food and winter supplies to help them make it through the brutally cold winter.
*Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (USA)
Through generous donations in 2021 we provided relief for:
Food relief for 800 Chalou families in the Laghman province
Food relief for 1,000 IDP refugee families in Kandahar
Food relief for 750 IDP refugee families in Laghman
Winter food relief 800 Kuchi families
Food relief for 555 IDP families in Kabul
Winter food relief for 885 Chalou families in the Kabul
Winter food relief for 831 Chalou families in Kabul
This is equivalent to about 39,400 men, women and children in need of emergency assistance
But we still have urgent needs
Food relief for IDP families in Afghanistan .
To last two to three months, it costs about $147 AUD per family to provide the basic food items of:
50 kg of flour
10 litres cooking oil
4 kg kidney beans
25 kg rice
1 kg tea
5 kg sugar for tea
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.