On 26 June 2023, children wait with their mothers in the crowded waiting area at the UNICEF supported Sawki District Hospital in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.


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Help us be there for Afghan kids in crisis.

Being a child in Afghanistan is dangerous - conflict, drought, disease and natural disasters make it one of the most deadly places on earth for kids. We've been supporting children in Afghanistan since 1949 and continue to be there before, during and after emergencies strike the country.

When two deadly earthquakes struck western Afghanistan in October 2023, this was another cruel blow for a country already dealing with multiple crises. We were able to respond rapidly to deliver life-saving health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene supplies to those families worst affected.

Please donate to support our ongoing work in emergency response and long-term life-changing programs that help improve children's well-being today and their prospects for the future.

We've reached a sobering milestone for girls in Afghanistan.

For the last 1,000 days, girls have been banned from attending secondary school. This amounts to 3 billion learning hours lost.

Education doesn’t just provide opportunities - it protects girls from early marriage, malnutrition and other health problems, and bolsters their resilience to disasters like the floods, drought, and earthquakes that frequently plague Afghanistan. UNICEF is working hard to support all children in Afghanistan by keeping 2.7 million children in primary education, running community-based education classes for 600,000 children – two-thirds of them girls – training teachers, and doing everything we can to keep the educational infrastructure going.

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Kids in Afghanistan have hope, they just need a little help.

Decades of conflict, increased climate related disasters and an ongoing cycle of poverty has made Afghanistan one of the worst places on earth to be a child. Right now, more than 15 million kids need our help. 

Afghan children need the basics we take for granted - clean water, food, vaccines, healthcare and education. And while 15 million is an enormous number of children, each one of them has a name and hope for the future. But right now, they just need a little help to put smiles back on their faces.  

Thanks to amazing donors like you, we’ve been helping kids in Afghanistan for more than 70 years. In that time we’ve built trusted community networks and established programmes in every region of the country. That’s meant we’re able to deliver  long-term holistic solutions to the big problems kids face, while meeting their immediate emergency needs. 

As long as Afghan children need us, and we have your incredible support, we’ll be there. A little help from you today could make a life-saving difference. 

Please donate now to support children in Afghanistan. 

What's the humanitarian situation like for kids?

It's a struggle for Kids in Afghanistan. Every day they face the challenge of finding clean water to drink, having somewhere to wash their hands, getting enough to eat and a place to go to school. But we know these children are resilient and are hopeful for a better future.

How does the situation look right now in Afghanistan:

  • 29.2 million people (around 69% of Afghanistan’s population) are in need of humanitarian assistance at the start of 2024. 
  • 3.7 million kids are not currently in school, 60% of them are girls. The ban on secondary education is still in place for girls.
  • Nearly half of all Afghan children under 5 are malnourished. 875,000 kids need treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
  • 1.6 million kids are trapped in some form of child labour.  
  • Climate related emergencies such as drought, harsh winters and flooding are having greater impact on already vulnerable families. 
Afghanistan Emergency, Naghma, 7, plays with toys inside the child-friendly space where she attends daily with her friends.

Naghma (7) plays with toys inside the child-friendly tent space she attends daily with her friends.

In 2023, UNICEF has provided 5,561 high performance tents to be used as child-friendly spaces, classrooms, nutrition stations and vaccine centres in Afghanistan.

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    How will my donation help?

    It's only thanks to donations from our amazing supporters that we can continue to meet the immediate and future needs of kids in Afghanistan.

    For example, we’re working with children and families in 885 communities, providing them with hygiene education, toilets and handwashing facilities to help prevent them getting sick. 80,000 people will receive hygiene kits including soap, shampoo, a bucket, towels, laundry soap and other essential items as part of this work.

    Any donation you can make for kids in Afghanistan will be a life-changing and life-saving one.

    Afghanistan Emergency, Ali Sina (2.5 months) is vaccinated at the UNICEF-supported Noor Khoda Clinic in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.

    Munira has brought her two-and-half-month-old son, Ali Sina, to be vaccinated at Noor Khoda Clinic in Mazar-e-Sharif by Hanifa, a female vaccinator.

      How's UNICEF been responding?

      The humanitarian needs of children in Afghanistan are diverse, and therefore our response must be wide-reaching and diverse.

      Here's a snapshot of what's been achieved in 2023 with support from our incredible donors.

      • Together, we've helped more than 20 million people access primary healthcare through UNICEF-supported facilities. 
      • Together, we've vaccinated 1.25 million children under one against deadly measles. 
      • Together, we've screened almost 13 million kids for malnutrition, and treated 655,000 kids for severe acute malnutrition. 
      • Together, we've reached more than 4.2 million children with emergency education support. 
      • Together, we've provided more than 1.77 million people with access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene.  
      Afghanistan Emergency, Sahar and Hasina (both 6) collect dirty water from a stream for their families in Chamtal, Afghanistan.

      Sahar and Hasina are both six years old. Each day they fill this jerry can with dirty water they collect from a muddy stream in their community.

      No child should have to drink unsafe water, that's why UNICEF is working hard to bring clean water to kids like Sahar and Hasina in Afghanistan.

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        Why donate to UNICEF?

        UNICEF’s work is 100% donor funded. We rely on the generosity of people like you to deliver life-saving help and supplies to kids in 192 countries and territories around the world.  


        UNICEF has been supporting children and their rights for more than 75 years. We have decades of experience responding in emergency situations (300+ each year). And with a web of supply hubs and logistic networks across the world, and expert committed staff on the ground – we’re uniquely positioned to maximise the impact of every dollar donated. 


        We’ve been in Afghanistan since 1949 and we’re not going anywhere. We have offices and teams across the country, and in neighbouring countries, working around the clock to deliver for children. 

        Afghanistan Emergency, James Elder, UNICEF Spokesperson, plays with children at UNICEF-supported mobile health and nutrition site in Samsagal, Afghanistan.

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        Other ways you can donate

        If you'd like to donate over the phone, call our friendly team on 0800 243 575. 

        If you'd like to donate direct to our bank account, please use account 01-0505-0463764-00 and code 'AFG-WS'. 

        Other ways you can help Afghan children:

        Help us spread awareness of the situation for kids in Afghanistan by sharing this appeal with your friends and family. 

        If you'd like to fundraise with your community to support our work, you can start a fundraiser here.


        In the event that funds raised exceed UNICEF's funding requirements, the appeal no longer needs funding, or the decision is made to close this appeal, your one-off or ongoing monthly donation will go to our Greatest Need Appeal. Where possible we will communicate this with you, however in some circumstances this might not be possible.

        Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for a period of six months. After that they will go into our Greatest Need Fund to save and protect kids worldwide.

        UPDATED: 17th April, 2024

        We’re committed to transparency. To see how we split up expenses and manage our costs, read our annual report or visit UNICEF Open to see a live overview of all our projects.

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        UNICEF Aotearoa is a registered charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission (CC35979), making you eligible for a tax refund of up to a third of your donation. All transactions are billed in New Zealand dollars.

        UNICEF Aotearoa operates from Level 5, 86 Victoria Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.