People are starving in Afghanistan with more than 8 million on the brink of famine as drought, conflict and the Covid-19 pandemic cause a catastrophic rise in hunger. Children are dying today, and a million more under the age of five are at risk of dying over the next three months. We need to act now to save lives.

Years of conflict, poverty and the disruption caused by the pandemic were already taking their toll on the people of Afghanistan. The recent conflict and change of government, coupled with the worst drought in 27 years, have tipped the country over the edge. Economic collapse has sent food prices soaring. If we don’t act now, many lives could be lost as more than 22 million people go hungry as the freezing winter sets in, with children amongst those most vulnerable.

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Your support will help DEC charities and their local partners to provide emergency food and nutrition support for children, support healthcare facilities and provide winter kits to help displaced families stay warm. Other priorities include supplying clean drinking water and protecting women and girls.

Use our Charity Search to find the DEC Appeal. Search for 'DEC – Afghanistan Crisis Appeal'. This will take you into the appeal page where you can make a donation towards the appeal.

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could provide treatment to a child suffering from malnutrition for three weeks


could provide blankets for 5 people


could provide emergency food to a family for 45 days


could provide emergency food to a family for three months


  • What is DEC?

    The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is an umbrella organisation for 15 humanitarian aid agencies that unites UK aid efforts in times of disaster or crisis, in poorer countries around the world.

  • Why is CAF supporting DEC in this way?
    We are a cause-neutral charity whose mission is to enable donors to give more effectively to any charity or cause they care about, whether that is a DEC appeal or any other charitable appeal.

    We have traditionally promoted DEC appeals, from the Asian Tsunami to the earthquake in Nepal to the humanitarian crisis in East Africa.

    We believe it is important to highlight the ways in which any member of the public can give to DEC or any charity of their choice at any time of their choosing.
  • Who are the partner charities?

    DEC members will deliver swift life-saving humanitarian assistance while aiming to build resilience in communities. 13 DEC members are responding to this disaster. Their current and planned interventions include:

    Action Against Hunger will run finance mobile health clinics to support families with healthcare and nutritional support with a focus on screening pregnant and breastfeeding women and children for malnutrition and providing life-saving nutritional supplies.

    Action Aid and local partners are providing emergency food and cash for drought affected and displaced households and support for families to cope through the coming Winter.

    Age International will be focusing their work on supporting older people (above 60) with emergency food assistance.

    British Red Cross is working with colleagues on the ground to provide thousands of people with emergency medical care, clean water and toilets.

    CAFOD is providing female headed households and recently displaced families with emergency food and cash to support their basic needs.

    CARE International is distributing cash to help families buy what they most need while also supporting the economy. CARE is providing healthcare and nutritional support, as well as work opportunities and livelihood recovery assistance to those most affected by the severe drought. They are distributing vital

    items to support families during the Winter months. CARE is providing livelihoods support to small-scale farmers, including the provision of fertilizer, tools, seeds and training.

    Christian Aid local partners will provide food packages to families, and provide pregnant women, new mothers and malnourished infants with additional nutritional support. Partners will also provide winterisation support like fuel, clothing and blankets to those without adequate shelter. This is alongside other needs such as water and sanitation, gender based violence protection and Covid awareness raising programmes.

    Concern Worldwide is distributing chickens, food for the chickens and hencoop construction materials to help provide both food and income for families. Cash-for-work schemes are being used and other items are also being distributed, such as cooking utensils, solar lamps, laundry and hand soap, and blankets to families. International Rescue Committee is working in rural, and drought affected communities, and especially with those affected by malnutrition to provide emergency food and cash, health and nutritional support, clean water and shelter.

    Islamic Relief is distributing food for families, with flour, rice, pulses, oil, salt and sugar, enough for a family for six to eight weeks. Non-food items are also being provided, such as female hygiene kits, buckets, blankets and winter clothes. Islamic Relief is also supporting health centres for displaced families providing medical support, including antenatal and postnatal care and life-saving nutritional advice.

    Save the Children is providing emergency treatment for malnutrition, cash for families to buy food and other essentials, blankets, warm clothes and shoes for families facing the extreme winter and shelter materials, hygiene kits and kitchen supplies for families forced to leave their homes.

    Tearfund is providing emergency food baskets, hygiene and winter survival kits. They are funding psycho-social support for those traumatised by conflict or fear. Training for new livelihood opportunities has begun for birth and life-saving skills as well as supporting water, hygiene and sanitation.

    World Vision will be focusing its work on the most vulnerable; children under five, people with disabilities, children at risk, pregnant and breastfeeding women and internally displaced people, to provide food, cash, health and nutrition, protection, and water and sanitation.

  • Claiming Gift-Aid

    We want you to get the most of every donation you make, no matter how small or large. If you are a UK tax payer and donate through us, we will re-claim Gift Aid on your behalf which will add another 25% to your donation, boosting the income that the DEC can direct towards supporting the organisations who will provide the emergency relief.

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