Decades of conflict and years of drought had destroyed much of Afghanistan prior to September 2001. Almost all social services and government infrastructure were destroyed; food shortages were widespread and millions of talented Afghans had emigrated to other countries. The root causes of these conflicts are the nation’s geographical location and political situation, ethnic tensions and nationalism, poverty, unemployment and, most importantly, lack of education.
After the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 and a decade of huge investment and enormous efforts by the international community, Afghanistan still remains one of the world’s poorest and most dangerous countries. There has been a resurgence of violence, insurgency, political instability and there is little to no health care system in many parts of the country. People need peace, security, education, health care, food, and most importantly they want to be self-sufficient.
It is possible to meet these needs, because Afghanistan has human resources, the support of international community, and - based on new discoveries and reports - Afghanistan has extensive deposits of natural resources, amounting to an estimated $3 trillion. It will be hard to utilise any of these resources without the continued efforts of the international community in helping the Afghan people.
In 2005, Afghan Action opened the doors of its training school in Karte Se, Kabul. Afghan Action’s aim was and still is to offer hope of a brighter future to young men and women by equipping them with a useful skill, such as carpet weaving, clothes making, basic IT, literacy and numeracy skills.
How do we achieve our aims?
We provide our trainees with an invaluable practical skill which they can put to good use in the long term, as well as providing them with literacy and numeracy classes, on-site healthcare and a nourishing mid-day meal.
Here in the UK, we raise funds to help our projects by selling the carpets made by our trainees as well as receiving funding from our hardworking fundraisers.
We want to take what we are doing now, do more of it and do it better! We want to reach more in Afghanistan and help them free themselves from poverty and hunger - let’s change tomorrow by working together today. We can’t do any of this on our own, so please take a look at our Support Us page for details about how you can get involved.
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