Meet Jawad (XX)

9.7 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan. Jawad supports his mother and three siblings by selling plastic garbage in the market. But what chance does he have to pursue his dreams?

“I want to be a teacher so I can provide for my family, educate myself and forget the past.”

What we do

War Child has been directly supporting children in Afghanistan since 2002. Today, our work has never been more important.

Conflict-driven vulnerabilities mean that there are currently around one million people on the move - both inside the country and at the Pakistan and Iran borders. We trace and reunite unaccompanied children with their families and provide food, shelter and vaccinations in the safety of our War Child centres.

Our education projects offer schooling and vocational training for children who work on the streets - helping them enrol in formal education or find employment. We also support parents and caregivers to secure a steady income so they can afford to send their children to school and work towards a brighter future.

We also advocate for and uphold the rights of children through our child protection programme. This includes everything from a support system for children in contact with the law to a 24-7 helpline.

Our projects

Curious to learn more about a specific project? Click on the pins in the map below.

Where we work

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  • Opportunities for The Vulnerable

    Kabul outskirts
    This integrated project addresses the protection, education and psychosocial support needs of vulnerable children aged four to six in urban and rural areas surrounding Kabul. We focus on the early development of children’s cognitive, language and social and emotional skills and extend this support to parents and caregivers.

  • War Child Helpline

    This 24/7 helpline offers families a chance to ask questions about the rights of their children but also serves as an important touchpoint for children to call and report abuse. Through a case management database our aim is to support some 720 children in Herat and neighbouring districts.

  • Border project

    Islam Qala
    Supporting the Iranian caseload of unaccompanied minor deportees and reuniting children with their families across Western Afghanistan. Strengthening access to social protection services including psychosocial support.

  • Protection within the justice system

    Nangarhar and Herat
    Built on three pillars, this project supports the development of a protective system of justice for women and children. We provide protection services to prevent children from coming into contact with the law but also ensure that their rights are upheld throughout the chain of justice and reintegration process.


Our partners in Afghanistan

Terre Des Hommes partner War Child

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Tanya Gerreli is War Child Senior Communications and Content Manager in the UK. Want to say hello or keen to join forces? Please reach out via one of the channels below.

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