An ambulance bomb killed more than 100 and injured 235. A siege at the Intercontinental Hotel claimed the lives of 18 civilians and wounded 22 others. These are the headlines that come up under Afghanistan week after week.
With ongoing media headlines picturing destruction wrought by wars, insurgencies and terror attacks, it inevitably raises doubts in people's minds, "Why should anyone care about this country?"
Since 2008 when HAGAR started working in Afghanistan to restore the broken lives of Afghan women and children, it has been a perennial challenge engaging public compassion and support for this marginalised group. The needs of this vulnerable group may not be close to your heart now but hopefully you would take some time to read the rest of this story.
HAGAR is responding to Afghanistan's needs by providing a safe haven for the vulnerable. HAGAR runs a transitional home for displaced women and girls (Transitional Care Centre, TCC) in Kabul, the only home focusing on reintegrating survivors back into society, and the only shelter for boys in Afghanistan (Forgotten No More, FNM).
Survivors in the TCC benefit from comprehensive rehabilitation services including specialised counselling, psychosocial and medical care as well as education and life skills training.
One of whom is Nadia. She says, "I thought all ways in life for me were closed, all ways were dark, and no one would support me." However through extensive counselling and care TCC, she now believes "I have the chance [...] to be supported and to have a comfortable life, with a good future". Now literate and able to move past her traumas, she bakes and sells bread to her local community.
FNM similarly provides recovery services to boys 18 and under, who are victims of exploitation - sexual, labour or military. They are provided with case management, psychosocial care, health care, legal aid and education vocation training.
The escalating conflict in Afghanistan heightens the urgency of HAGAR's work. We remain committed to restoring broken lives in this dangerous, crisis ridden nation and ask for your prayers and financial support
Will you consider putting aside what you may know about Afghanistan, and take a look at these innocent Afghan children through the eyes of love - every child deserves a chance to survival, and opportunities to a dignified, empowered life.
Thank you in advance for your kind donation. Be the miracle that these victimised women and children need by making an urgent gift of $50, $100 or $200.