The COVID-19 lockdown in Afghanistan is having a devastating effect on the poorest members of society, especially those that rely earning a few dollars a day to feed their families. This is especially true in the cities, where day laborers and others are being prevented from working. On Saturday, April 11, the Afghan Government announced an extension of the lockdown for at least two additional weeks, and many families are facing starvation.
PARSA's Afghan Scouts, led by Tamim Hamkar and Jawad Omari, are organizing distributions of food and other essential items to families in desperate need.
Each $100 distribution package will support one family of 5-8 people for a month, and includes:
Flour (49 kg)
Rice (24 kg)
Oil (5 L)
Sugar (2 kg)
Beans (5 kg)
Tea (2 kg)
Personal Hygiene kit (soap, hand sanitizers, face masks)
100% of donations received from this campaign will go towards supplies for families in need.
Our goal is to support 100 families this month.
In additional to the food distributions, the Afghan Scouts are working on other COVID-19 prevention activities, including distributing brochures, sewing face masks, disinfecting public spaces, supporting orphanages with sanitation items, and a social media campaign aimed at increasing public awareness about COVID-19 prevention.
Follow the Scouts on Facebook to learn more.
PARSA's mission is to train and develop professional Afghan leaders who care for the women, the children, impoverished families and the disabled citizens of Afghanistan by providing innovative and effective programs ranging from education and economic development to psychosocial training and healthcare. PARSA is registered in the US as a 501(c)3 charity and in Afghanistan as an International NGO. PARSA has supported Scouting in Afghanistan since 2008 and works closely with the Afghanistan National Scout Organization (ANSO).