Country Info

CARE first established its mission in Afghanistan in 1961, but suspended activities after the Russian invasion of 1979. Resuming activities in 1989 from a new base in Peshawar, Pakistan, CARE delivered assistance to Afghanistan from across the border until 2002 when it shifted its main office back to Kabul. 

Each program strives to strengthen self-reliance while promoting basic human rights, good governance, and social, economic and gender equality. In addition to its community-based work, CARE Afghanistan advocates with and on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized Afghans for national and international policies that support and protect their interests and maximize their chances to break out of the cycle of poverty.


Heavy rainfall on April 23-25, 2014 resulted in flash floods across 10 provinces of northern Afghanistan. CARE Afghanistan responded in three of those provinces (Balkh, Samangan and Jawzjan) where it has a presence, history or focus, by participating in joint assessments as well as providing non-food items, hygiene kits and tents in multi-agency distributions. Jawzjan province has been the most severely impacted with over 27,000 people affected. CARE is continuing to assess and respond to the situation.

Our Work in Afghanistan

Child Poverty

Half of all children live in poverty, spending their formative years struggling to survive.  

Market Access

More inclusive markets and access can help poor people improve their lives.


There’s a “savings revolution” taking place in many developing countries.

Youth Empowerment

Addressing the needs of the 1.8 billion young people in the world is critical to ending poverty.

Girls' Education

The majority of the 57 million children out of school are girls — their future is at risk.

Family Planning

Family planning is a proven strategy in reducing maternal mortality.

Child Survival

This year, more than 7 million children will die before their 5th birthday.

Poverty & Social Justice

Everyone in the world has the right to a life free from poverty, violence and discrimination.

Maternal Health

Hundreds of thousands of women die in pregnancy and childbirth, mostly from preventable causes.


By failing to close the gender gap in agriculture, the world is paying dearly.

Child Nutrition

Malnutrition affects 200 million children and the consequences can last a lifetime.

Child Marriage

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at great risk.

Why Women & Girls?

Why does CARE fight global poverty by focusing on women and girls? Because we have to.

Latest News from Afghanistan

Zahra was hungry to learn. Now she's becoming a doctor.

Afghanistan Avalanche: "How do I feed my children?"

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is worsening as at least 30,000 people are affected by heavy snowfalls, rains and avalanches. While many houses have already been totally destroyed and...

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Zahra was hungry to learn. Now she's becoming a doctor.

In the mountainous regions of Afghanistan, it has always been difficult for girls to receive even a basic education. That's where CARE is making a difference for children who are hungry to learn.

CARE's education program in Afghanistan has proved culturally acceptable educational opportunities for girls by helping communities establish and manage their own local schools. We focus on primary education for both boys and girls and secondary education for girls who often have difficulty traveling from their local communities to centrally located schools with upper-level grades....

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Afghanistan Factsheet 2010

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CARE 2012 Annual Report Facts & Figures

Asia Impact Report 2005-2010

This report is an analytical review of CARE’s programs and projects undertaken with partners and allies in 16 countries over the period 2005–2010. It explores CARE’s principal strategies for achieving positive impact by drawing on a broad range of evaluations and other assessments produced over the period.

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Realizing a Dream Helps to Feed Her Family

When CARE opened the first-ever girls’ school in her Afghani village, it kindled the dreams of 13-year-old Malalai.

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Empowering Girls Through Education

An educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth, enjoy greater income and productivity, and raise fewer, healthier and better-educated children.

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"Maybe Someday, But Not Today"

Child Marriage: Questions and Answers