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Women are ensured livelihood through the Self-Help-Groups established by Mission East.
Mission East’s work in making sure no one is left behind in humanitarian aid is featured in the official World Humanitarian Summit publication ‘Together We Stand’.     An article on inclusive programming, written jointly with the EU-CORD network, features our work in Afghanistan.  It explains how Mission East uses special approaches including Self-Help Groups to make sure that women are supported to improved their livelihoods assistance, despite traditional negative perceptions about women’s roles.  ‘Reaching the most vulnerable is an essential part of Mission East’s way of work’, says Joohi...

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Despite the overall dynamic and unstable political context of Afghanistan, the provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar where Mission East has been working for the last 10 years are relatively stable.

With the help of the international community, through organisations like Mission East and other actors, vulnerable rural communities in these remote mountainous areas have been enabled to begin the process of transition to recovery and rehabilitation.

Nonetheless, enormous challenges remain. Most Afghans still have a life expectancy of only 48,7 years and both Badakhshan and Takhar continue to remain vulnerable to recurrent disaster, chronic food and livelihood insecurity and lack of access to clean water and adequate sanitation, exacerbated by poor knowledge and practice of hygiene, nutrition and natural resource management. This have consequences for both men, women and children.

Support to local communities

The villagers took part in building the walls that now protect them and their crops against floods. Photo: Mission East Afghanistan

A village in northwestern Afghanistan used to be hard hit by floods that washed out crops as well as houses. Then Mission East helped the villagers build three protection walls to divert the water.

By Eng Habib og Nadir Faez, Mission East Afghanistan. Edited by Kim Wiesener, July 3 2017

The forms for the bio-briquettes are handmade by local craftsmen.

In a remote mountain village in northeastern Afghanistan Mission East is teaching local women to make biological fuel by using cheap and available natural resources.

By Kim Wiesener and Line Højland, Communications Officers

In the food groups, the women learn to preserve food in a secure and efficient way, which will make it last through the winter. Photo: Mission East

Many families in Afghanistan go to bed hungry. Mission East is training women to support themselves and their families.

Afghanistan, 2001. Ruth Dyer of Mission East met Fatima and her children in an IDP camp in Afghanistan in 2001, not long after an international presence became possible. The previous winter, Fatima had lost three children. Photo: Ruth Dyer.

In October 2001, US and British Forces invaded Afghanistan and deposed the Taliban regime from power. This opened the door for international aid to the severely tested Afghan population, and Mission East started providing food aid that same winter.

By Line Højland, Communications Officer