Enable Afghans to improve their quality of life by helping them build sustainable, legitimate livelihoods.
Decades of ongoing conflict, political instability, drought and economic chaos have left Afghanistan one of the world’s poorest and unstable nations. Eighty-five percent of the population relies on agriculture and natural resource-based livelihoods, leaving them vulnerable in a precarious economy.
- Agriculture & Food: Increasing farmers' production through training, infrastructure and links to local and global markets.
- Economic opportunity: Providing young people with vocational training and support to start small businesses.
- Environment: Addressing natural resource depletion by promoting solar energy and educating farmers and government officials about sustainable water management.
- Women & Gender: Helping women learn job skills and start small businesses.
- Children & Youth: Supporting healthy development by providing opportunities for peer engagement and social inclusion.
All stories about Afghanistan
Afghanistan: For Afghans, no hope, no help, no time left
As this bleak moonscape we call Afghanistan disgorges its dazed masses into this country, one is struck by the sheer magnitude of bad news borne by an essentially hospitable, beautiful people: 22 years of continuous war, including a brutal decade of Soviet occupation; years more of civil war; fou
Afghanistan: New camp for Afghan refugees opens
A new camp opened today to provide shelter and immediate assistance to Afghan refugees who are crossing into Pakistan. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) established the camp near the Chaman border crossing, in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and aid agencies.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps taking action to aid Afghans
Several new Mercy Corps activities have been initiated this week as part of the agency' s ongoing commitment to provide life-saving operations and services to people in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps Country Director: Afghanistan situation 'bleak'
Twenty years of violence, four years of severe drought and the possibility of an impending refugee crisis is making life extraordinarily difficult for the citizens that remain inside of Afghanistan and with winter fast approaching the numbers of those suffering is sure to rise.
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps publishes groundbreaking book
Blind Chickens and Social Animals: Creating Spaces for Afghan Women's Narratives under the Taliban "Before, we were like blind chickens..." - Afghan woman
Afghanistan: Mercy Corps prepares for flood of refugees leaving Afghanistan
It's becoming more difficult than ever to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and even to neighboring Pakistan. Local workers with relief groups such as Portland-based Mercy Corps are among those going to remote, safer places or leaving Afghanistan altogether.
Afghanistan: A family struggles to survive in Afghanistan
Mullah Hatem is 75 years old. Two months ago he was forced to leave his home in Ghor Province and take his family further south in search of food and water. He is sick and cannot afford to feed his family, let alone visit a doctor.
Afghanistan: Gates Foundation sends relief to Afghanistan
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $300,000 for Mercy Corps’ Afghan Drought Relief and Rehabilitation project.
Afghanistan: Crisis in Afghanistan: A report from the front line
Escalating conflict has rendered an estimated 80,000 people homeless. Many were forced to flee their homes on foot, with only the clothes on their backs.
Afghanistan: Field report from northern Afghanistan
According to our sources, this is the latest news from northern Afghanistan: 17 August: the front line was 20-23 kms west of Taloqan with a major advance by the Northern Alliance pushing the Taliban back. However, the Taliban re-attacked and fighting was said to be intense.