• Afghan Action: A winter appeal with a difference

Afghan Action: A winter appeal with a difference

11 December 2012

As temperatures plummet in Kabul, BAAG member Afghan Action is trying to help some of the most vulnerable Afghans survive the freezing winter.

It says 250 people living in a displaced camp in Kabul are in a particularly desperate situation.

Like many of Afghanistan’s internally displaced, these people, mostly from Kunar, Nangarhar and Nooristan provinces, are living in tents or shelters without heat or electricity.  But more worryingly, they simply don’t have the cash to buy heating equipment and fuel, or even warm clothes and shoes.

Boys posing for photo

That puts them at particular risk.  During last year’s exceptionally cold winter, more than 20 children died in camps for the internally displaced.

Afghan Action is asking for help to get emergency aid to these people - and  to some the most vulnerable homeless people living on the streets of Kabul.  

But this is not an ordinary appeal.  It’s a gift that “gives” twice.

Refugees at water pumpAfghan Action and its Afghan partner, the Afghan Training and Development Organisation, will do more than just produce quilts and other materials to keep these people warm. 

They will also train young Afghan women to produce them, thus improving their skills and employment prospects. 

The initial aim is to produce at least 500 quilts.  Volunteers are standing by to take the quilts to those who need them.

But first, Afghan Action is asking people to sponsor the making of the quilts.

Here’s how you can help:

  • You can sponsor one quilt for £20
  • You can sponsor two quilts for a family for £37.50
  • You can sponsor two quilts and two pairs of shoes for £65

TO DONATE, please go to www.afghanaction.org and click on "DONATE"

Afghan Action logoOr you can DONATE by sending 2 texts to 70070 with the message:

  • AFGHAN11 £10

 

Contact Samim in Kabul:  +93 (0) 20 250 3742 / +93 (0) 795 111 771 / atdo.kbl@gmail.com / samimzaher@gmail.com

Contact Chris in London:  +44 (0) 20 7870 0010 / +44 (0) 7957 135593 / chris@afghanaction.org