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Afghanistan

Afghanistan has been in a situation of chronic instability and conflict for decades. The number of Afghans who have known their country at peace is far exceeded by those who have known it only at war.

It is estimated that only 60% of school-aged children are enrolled in school. Children are forced to support their families by working long hours and are often subject to exploitation and abuse. Conflict as well as the effects of drought have caused widespread displacement and an estimated 400 people are still being displaced every day.

Children in Crisis has been in Afghanistan since 1997, working to ensure that children are both educated and protected. We currently work in five provinces across the Central Region of Afghanistan.

Project
In the space of 3 years, Children in Crisis will deliver a full primary school education to out of school children in some of Kabul’s poorest districts. These children will be taught in our community based education centres (CBECs), from where we also offer homework support classes to children already attending school as well as vocational and literacy training to women. Why Community... Read more
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A teenage boy is arrested in Afghanistan for the ‘moral crime’ of texting a girl from his class… Our Juvenile Justice Team work to ensure that this young man’s future is not ruined by Afghanistan’s under-supported and often corrupt juvenile justice system. We ensure that this boy’s parents are informed of his arrest, that he is seen and supported by a trained... Read more
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Children in Crisis is working across 6 provinces of Afghanistan to provide a system of trained social workers, legal professionals and police officers who will represent and protect some of the country’s most vulnerable children.   Why social worker training? 30 years of conflict have destroyed the traditional barriers which protected children and kept them within the family... Read more
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Children in Crisis' child rights programme works to ensure that children in Afghanistan are protected from harm and physical abuse. Why Child Rights Training? Children suffering violence The use of violence to discipline children in Afghanistan is all too common. A recent survey found that adults frequently resort to violence to punish their children. Within schools a survey found that 60%... Read more
News
"In a month I will start secondary school which I am really excited about. My parents are so proud of me - my mother came to the education centre to say thank you to my teachers. She was crying because of everything they have done for me" - Jameela, aged 14. Students from our Community Based Education Centres move up to secondary school  Earlier this year, the 286 children on our... Read more
Case Study
Karima is a graduate of the tailoring classes that we run out of our education centres in Kabul. Starting her six-month class by practicing shape cutting on newspaper, before-long Karima moved on to using real fabric and our hand-cranked sewing machines (electricity is scarce or unreliable in the areas that we work in). Karima when she was still learning her art at our tailoring classes. ... Read more
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Children's Voices at the Afghanistan Conference. This week London will host the London Conference on Afghanistan. The event, organised by the UK Government and the Department for International Development, brings together members of the international community with the Government of Afghanistan to discuss the vision and shared commitment for the future Afghanistan. At Children in Crisis we... Read more
Case Study
    Tabbasum - in her own words "I am eight years old and studying in government school. I live with my parents and my two brothers and two sisters. My older sister is going to government school. My other brothers and sisters are all too young so they don’t go to school. I found out about the centre (community based education centre) when my neighbour told me about it.... Read more
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  Aziza in her own words "I am nine years old and I live here in Raeg Reshan. I live with my mother and father, my sisters and brother. My father works in the market and my mother is at home.   I found out about the Centre (community based education centre) because my cousin’s daughter was coming here and she told me about it then I joined. I have been studying here... Read more
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Above is a photo of Zarmina who works in Afghanistan, helping to run our Social Worker Training project, whilst also acting as a Child Protection Officer dealing with any child protection issues which are reported to Children in Crisis. Below is Zarmina in her own words. From her life growing up in Kabul to the challenging work she now undertakes with such dedication. Read on and meet an... Read more