Afghanistan Appeal

UNICEF is on the ground scaling up our urgent humanitarian response to help protect children and families.


About this appeal

For years, Afghanistan has been one of the worst places on earth to be a child. And it’s just gotten worse.  

The current triple humanitarian threat of escalating violence, the COVID-19 pandemic and a recently declared drought is wreaking havoc on the country, especially its women and children.  

Half of the population - more than 18 million people, including nearly 10 million children - need urgent humanitarian assistance.  

The situation is rapidly deteriorating and we need your urgent help. 

Stay and deliver

Even in the face of this escalating crisis, UNICEF is continuing our work for children and families across Afghanistan.  

We’ve been in country for 65 years, and currently have a presence in every region.  In that time, we’ve nurtured community networks and built trust with everyone we need to get the job done. 

So far in 2021, UNICEF has already reached 1.7 million people with assistance. But as conditions worsen, we need to urgently scale-up our response in preparation for the worst-case-scenario. 

Please give now to help protect children and families in Afghanistan. 


A snapshot of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in 2021

  • 18.4 million, including 10 million children, need humanitarian assistance.

  • Over 390,000 people are internally displaced, 203,000 are children.

  • Over 12 million people are at emergency or crisis levels of food insecurity.

  • 3.7 million children are out of school, of which 2.2 million are girls.

  • More than 8.8 million people need clean water, sanitation and hygiene.

  • Over 3,000 grave violations against children have occurred.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Greatest Need.  

Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.

Appeal information updated 17th August 2021. 


How will you help

UNICEF has no intention of leaving Afghanistan. Through dynamic contingency planning, UNICEF revised its response strategy and has adjusted targets and operations to ensure that programs can be delivered.  

By making a donation today, you'll be helping our humanitarian effort across a range of areas. Current plans for the second half of 2021 include: 

  • Child Protection: Provide immediate and lifesaving services to children, including humanitarian cash assistance, transportation and referrals to medical and other services.

  • WASH: Provide emergency water, sanitation and hygiene services to over 1.7 million people, including displaced families.

  • Nutrition: Preposition supplies of therapeutic food and expand the capacity of warehouses. To reach 4.9 million people.

  • Education: Keep education going by supporting community based education schools (CBE), and position supplies to respond to emergencies, particularly for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Reaching 858,000 children.

  • Health: Provide essential health services through 21 mobile health teams in four provinces. And support COVID-19 vaccinations across the country.

  • Polio: Facilitate access to unvaccinated children in areas previously not accessible, through mosque-to-mosque campaigns targeting 3.5 million children.

  • Communications for development: Distribute 10,000 booklets to IDPs on lifesaving practices.

  • Social protection: Reach 40,000 people in over 6,000 households with humanitarian cash assistance (especially displaced families).

  • Youth: Open safe spaces for women and girls to use.

Where is UNICEF present?

We have a presence in every region of Afghanistan, including 11 offices operating across the country. Combined with our staff, volunteers and network of partners on the ground, these offices enable us to reach children in need, wherever they are.

If the fighting becomes too intense and our teams are in danger, we may temporarily relocate them - but that doesn’t stop us delivering critical support to children and families.

As a monthly supporter, you’ll receive

  • News & Updates

  • Annual Tax Receipt

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Tax Credit

Individuals can claim a 33.33% tax credit for all donations over $5 they make to this appeal.

Other ways to donate

You can also donate to this appeal via direct bank transfer or over the phone.

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