Age International is raising money together with the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) for the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. Find out full details below.
Afghanistan is on the brink of humanitarian disaster. The Disasters Emergency Committee and its member agencies, including Age International, have launched a new appeal to get life-saving aid to people in need before the coming winter deepens the crisis. Find out full details below, including some actions you can take to help.
Older people in Afghanistan have already lived through 40 years of war, conflict and economic crisis with the situation worsening yet again since the summer of 2021.
Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring. Adding to this, the country is suffering its worst drought in almost 30 years. This is exacerbating existing levels of extreme hunger. The situation is so severe in some regions that 8 million people are on the brink of famine.
Millions of people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety and are now living in temporary shelters, requiring urgent food and other essential supplies to help them survive the winter.
Winter will only make the situation worse. The country experiences severe and harsh winters with temperatures as low as -12oC. Hypothermia and respiratory diseases will increase, putting even more lives at risk. Older people are more vulnerable to the effects of the cold, respiratory diseases and malnutrition. They are also at greater risk of COVID-19, with less than 10% of the country having been vaccinated.
We only have a short window of time to deliver life-saving aid to older people in Afghanistan before the harsh winter sets in. In the coming months, millions of people will go hungry in the freezing winter or die from preventable diseases, and, without urgent assistance, many people will struggle to survive.
How Age International is supporting older people in Afghanistan
Our partner on the ground has decades of experience working in the region helping those most at risk and who otherwise may have been forgotten.
Together, we are assessing the most urgent needs of older people and their families and developing an emergency relief cash assistance programme that will get aid quickly to the older people who need it most.
The programme will enable older people to buy the lifesaving essentials that they urgently need to help them through the winter such as:
- Food to feed themselves and their families
- Clean water and hygiene products to help keep healthy
- Essential medicines and healthcare
- Better shelter to protect from the worst of the cold
Find out more on our website.
We have also answered questions our supporters may have about the appeal, including how and why we are working in Afghanistan, here.
How you can help
If you would like to support the appeal, there are several ways to get involved:
Help us fundraise
Start a fundraiser on Facebook and ask your friends and family to donate to support our work – especially if you have a birthday coming up!
You can make a donation to the appeal on our website
Spread the word about the appeal and share our posts on social media:
Thank you for your support!