We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.
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.
FLOOD EMERGENCY UPDATE
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.
Sentenced to Marriage at 16
When Robena was 16 years old, her father killed a person, and gave Robena to the family he had hurt in order to compensate for the death.
Supporting Afghan Girls and Their Dreams
In Afghanistan, it's difficult and often dangerous for girls to go to school. For almost two decades, CARE has been working with local communities to turn things around for girls.
In 2008, CARE launched an ambitious Market Engagement Strategy that aims to empower 10 million women and girls to transition from poverty to prosperity by 2015 by improving their ability to access and benefit from markets and employment. This report represents a first assessment of how we are doing.
Empowering women to ensure family planning coverage, quality and equity
CARE responds to dozens of disasters each year, reaching approximately 12 million people through our emergency programs.