According to the latest estimate by the United Nations, the conflict for the last 4 decades has resulted in over 2 million widows.
This disproportionate statistic makes Afghanistan a country with one of the highest rate of widows, and this issue is further exacerbated by lack of literacy and vocational training.
Water-borne infections account for more deaths in Afghanistan than bombs and bullets. Only 27% of the population have access to clean drinking water with the problem being much more rampant in rural areas. Furthermore, it is estimated that 50% of clean drinking water sources are contaminated. Families are forced to walk for many miles to find the closest source of clean drinking water which poses tremendous hardships, especially on their children.
Lack of literacy and education is at the core of all major issues in Afghanistan. Only 28 percent of the entire Afghan population is 15 years and older is literate. 3.7 million, or 44 percent, of all school-age children are not attending school which is further exacerbated by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
HHRFTP is committed to promoting literacy and education in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is a beautiful and rugged country situated in the heart of Asia. From the majestic, snow covered peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains to the blue and raging waters of Amu Darya and Helmand River valley and the beautiful green valleys of Nooristan and Panjshir, Afghanistan is endowed with awe-inspiring and breath-taking natural beauty. The Afghan people themselves are an extension of
this extraordinary, beautiful and rugged land. They embody the best attributes of their nation through their uncompromising love for freedom, their strength of character, and their unmatched hospitality and generosity.
For over four decades, Afghans have been living through foreign interventions, civil war, insurgency, and widespread insecurity. It has severely disrupted Afghanistan’s economic growth trajectory, limiting economic opportunities and exacerbating poverty. By latest estimates, more than 80% of the population is living under the poverty line with the government unable to meet the basic needs for the people. Helping Hand Relief for the Poor (HHRFTP) was established in 2016 to help provide material, monetary and educational assistance to Afghan families with a focus on widows and orphans.