Relief International began working in Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban in 2001, with an initial focus on school rehabilitation and midwifery training. Over the past twelve years, our programs have developed and expanded to include water and sanitation, shelter and reconstruction, natural disaster response, rural development, governance, secure livelihoods, animal health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Relief International concentrates on supporting the most disadvantaged sectors of the population, including returnees, displaced persons and female-headed households while operating in the least resourced provinces of Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunar, Kapisa, and Ghazni.
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Afghanistan - Current Programs
Afghanistan: Helping Drug Affected Women
Relief International’s harm reduction programs help prevent further harm to female intravenous drug users and spouses of addicted men through a comprehensive approach including medical, counseling, and outreach services. Learn More...
Afghanistan: Community-Based Response to HIV
The Support to Strengthen Provincial HIV/AIDS Program (SPHP) in Nangarhar creates a community-based response to HIV and works to prevent the transmission of HIV among high-risk and vulnerable populations. Learn More...
Afghanistan: Linking Relief to Development: Assisting Vulnerable Returnees in the Nimroz Province
RI’s program, funded by the EU, links relief to development in order to improve food security in three districts of the Nimroz province. Learn More...
Afghanistan: Improved Irrigation Infrastructures in Tagab
“We do not have enough water— never. When the rains came, the water would flood the river and if the flood is very high it frequently floods the village and destroys our crops,” recounts a local elder. The French Embassy in Afghanistan awarded RI with a grant in 2012 to address irrigation shortages from the Tagab. RI cooperated with the MAIL (Ministry of Agriculture, Irritation and Livestock) and local authorities, village elders and farmers to improve irrigation intakes with permanent structures and “Underground Catchment” irrigation systems. Learn More...
Afghanistan: Alleviating Poverty through Good Governance
The Governance Transparency Fund (GTF) contributes to poverty alleviation and good governance in Nimroz through strengthening links between village, district and provincial governing bodies. Learn More...
Afghanistan: Building National Solidarity
The National Solidarity Program (NSP) develops the ability of Afghan communities to enact their own development projects, through the creation of Community Development Councils. Relief International is a facilitating partner. Learn More...
Afghanistan - Past Programs
- Afghanistan: Libraries Program (ALP)
- Afghanistan: Community-Based Response to HIV
- Afghanistan: Income Generation for Returnees
- Afghanistan: Alleviating Poverty through Good Governance
- Afghanistan: Self-Help Projects
- Afghanistan: Addressing the Needs of the Most Vulnerable
- Afghanistan: Building National Solidarity