According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization approximately 70% of Afghans are food insecure, and high food prices have recently pushed millions into high-risk food insecurity. Perhaps the poorest people are the landless men and women on whom there is the added pressure and responsibility of being heads of households. There are approximately 1 million Afghan widows. Their average age is barely above 30 and 90% of them have on average 3 or more children. In a country where no social support is provided by the government many of these women and children become beggars on the streets. In Afghanistan the most vulnerable in the society are children age five or under. Up to 50% suffer from chronic malnutrition.
After decades of exile, there was a major inflow of refugees returning to their homes. For those that returned there was the added challenges of economic and social reintegration and internal displacement. In fact internal displacement still remains a problem. There are as many as 160,000 internally displaced persons in Afghanistan.
The main reason for this poverty is the impact of the decades long war, the lack of basic resources for agriculture and the recurrent drought that has affected many parts of the country.
From the last three years HRM’s team has distributed food packages throughout the year as well as in the holy month of Ramadan. In particular if and when there is a man made disaster or a natural disaster. Join us and help in the alleviation of poverty.