Empowering Afghan women and girls since 2002
BRAC has worked in Afghanistan for more than 20 years. Our 2,000-person team provides education for women and girls, health care, food security, and humanitarian assistance. Afghanistan is home to one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises. More than half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line. Decades of conflict combined with climate shocks have cut communities off from one another, and robbed many Afghans of the opportunity to earn a decent living. BRAC Afghanistan currently runs projects in 19 out of 34 provinces.
people accessed primary healthcare services
people were supported with winter kits to stay warm during harsh winter
people improved their livelihoods through access to training
families accessed social protection to escape extreme poverty
BRAC Afghanistan’s Education program aims to eliminate the hurdles that prevent children, especially girls, from receiving education. Our community-driven programs include pre-primary, primary, and secondary education as well as accelerated learning for adolescents, especially girls who have dropped out or never attended school. We focus on infrastructure development and mobilize communities to support girls’ education.
We deliver critical health services targeting communities living in marginalized conditions, hard-to-reach areas, and those who have been internally displaced. The program focuses on a system-strengthening approach, with a focus on reducing infant and maternal mortality, improving maternal and child health, and combating tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases, focusing on reaching communities at the last mile through mobile health teams.
Our tailored, area-based and integrated programming approach supports communities to meet their basic needs, complementing short-term humanitarian life-saving assistance with the safeguarding of livelihoods and the strengthening of community resilience. Women entrepreneurs access training in livelihood and business development, receive start-up capital, assets, and equipment to sustain their businesses, and mentoring to improve skills in business management and increase sales and profits.
Zahra is a 15-year-old girl hungry for knowledge. But when her father struggled financially, she had to drop out of school. Despite being heartbroken that she couldn't continue her education, Zahra never lost hope. When BRAC Afghanistan's Community Based Secondary Girls School began operating in her community, she immediately enrolled in classes. "My family and I are grateful to BRAC for helping us during these hard times," said Zahra. "I feel like I can build something of my own one day."
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