Kia ora everyone,
Today we have some more detailed reports about where the money had already been distributed in Afghanistan and some thank you messages.
So far $10,500 NZD has been distributed in Herat and Kabul cities. This amount was distributed to the following people (86 people in total) experiencing poverty:
· Former female schoolteachers.
· Former female school janitors.
· Widows of former Afghan security forces .
· Female manual labor workers.
· Families awaiting evacuations who have left their own homes and cities and reside in big cities with no income.
· Paid for passports of two families with four kids each who want to flee Afghanistan so their daughters can get an education and have a future. They had left everything behind in Herat, are out of jobs, and are in Kabul until they find a way to flee Afghanistan.
· Several people living in the streets of Kabul due to poverty.
Here is what one of our volunteer distributors told me:
“When I called them (janitors, teachers, and others), and shared with them that we will be helping them, it was like we gave them the whole world. Every single one of them expressed their gratitude and prayers to you and to the people of New Zealand. If you see the living condition of some of these people, you will be horrified. It’s beyond imagination how some of these people manage to survive with the very little they have. May God bless and protect all of you.”
The equivalent of $5012 NZD has also been distributed in La’al and Sarjangal of Ghor province.
Here is a voice message from our contact who helped us get the money to the poor there:
“Today I was happy and fortunate to receive $3400 USD and successfully transferred the money to La’al and Sarjangal and Ghor province. It’s an amount that allows us to support a good number of families there. We will support at least seventeen families. Many, many thanks to the people of New Zealand for reaching out to families that are desperate to find their next meal. Each family will have enough to eat at least for the next two months.”
I’ll send you more updates as we have them.
Marianne on behalf of my Afghan friends and collaborators