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

$7,699 donated
Given by 120 generous donors in 7 weeks

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


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

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Latest update

Greetings and gratitude  29 May 2020

Kia ora and Salaam,

We are approaching the end of this campaign and this is my final update to you on this platform. I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your contribution to the success of this story. At least one hundred deserving families receive your generosity with smiles and gratitude. Hopefully, you have all shared your email addresses when you made donations so I can update you with the rest of the story from the other side of the world, Herat-Afghanistan and more importantly to stay in touch with you. For now, have an amazing weekend and thank you so much on behalf of the many people that benefit from your sharing.

Warmest regards, Tariq

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Latest donations

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Guest Donor on 30 May 2020
Anything to help - I can't imagine the challenges.
Roseanne on 28 May 2020
We have so much in New Zealand. I am pleased to help Afghan people.
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Guest Donor on 25 May 2020
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 .

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