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Help keep quarantined Afghan families from starvation as COVID-19 hits

Cause page created in the Challenges category by Tariq Habibyar for "Vulnerable families in Herat, the epicentre of the pandemic in Afghanistan"

$7,624 donated

Given by 119 generous donors in 6 weeks


Help families in Herat, the epicentre of the pandemic in Afghanistan, who are at risk of starvation during lockdown.

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Families in Herat, the epicentre of the pandemic in Afghanistan, are at risk of starvation during lockdown.

You can help Action Station Afghanistan (ASA) provide basic food to see them through. ASA is a social enterprise and our mission is contributing towards a more inclusive, vibrant, and prosperous world that embraces principles of liberty, equality, and respect for all. ASA is registered with the New Zealand Companies Office.

What’s happening in Afghanistan?

The most vulnerable in economically fragile Afghanistan are those families who survive on one daily wage. This is especially true in households where women are the breadwinners. While traditionally their work opportunities have been extremely limited, now they are in quarantine even these have disappeared. Many of their families face starvation during lock-down.

What can we do?

To help keep these families in food in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASA is working with a group of volunteers in Herat. We know these people personally. They have extensive experience in providing emergency food to some of the most vulnerable people in Herat.

We keep it an open goal. Every $63 NZD will enable us to provide an emergency food package to a family of 5 in Herat, Afghanistan. With your support, we can help hundreds of families.

What will the packages provide for Herat’s families at risk?

The emergency packages will provide food to last each family a full month. They will include:

• 10kg of rice

• 4kg of grains, including chickpeas, beans and rice.

• 200gm of spices

• 2 litres of cooking oil

• 200gm of tea

• 1kg of sugar

• 5 nutritious biscuits for children

• 3 bars of soap

Making sure your money makes a difference:

To ensure the most vulnerable will benefit from the your donations, the volunteers in Herat, with support from community leaders and local people, will identify and direct the emergency packages to those families most at risk of running out of food.

All costs, and the number of families assisted, will be recorded and kept in the ASA data base.

Twelve percent of the available funding will cover food transportation costs, gloves, gowns, and masks for volunteers during distribution, and phone cards for communication.

Tariq Habibyar's involvement (page creator)

I am an Afghan New Zealander and the beneficiary are from my birthplace.

Use of funds

Emergency food packages for the most vulnerable in Herat

Latest update

Why we keep this page open till 31st of May  16 May 2020

Posted by: Tariq Habibyar

Kia ora all,

Hope all goes well!

Just writing to update you on why I have kept our campaign open till 31st of May.

After trying to close the page the other day, Givealittle informed me that the funds would not be transferred to our account till 20th of the following month regardless of closing the page or keeping it open. Of course, it makes sense to keep the page open till end of this month, so more generous people have an opportunity to donate.

Many thanks and I'll keep you updated,


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    Guest Donor 3 days ago



  • Jill

    Jill on 20 May 2020


    And the Taleban are making things even worse.I am still using the Saffron.


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 May 2020


    I do not have much, and I have a big whanau, but I would like to offer this koha. I hope it will be helpful in your cause. Thank you for thinking of others . Arohanui .


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 May 2020



  • Bev

    Bev on 19 May 2020



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This page was created on 10 Apr 2020 and closes on 31 May 2020.
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