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Mission East intends to prevent disease
Mission East hands out hygiene items to 500 families in northern Afghanistan, where latrines and water supply were damaged or destroyed by the massive earthquake on 26 October. The Danish aid organisation Mission East is now helping 500 families in the devastated Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan. The province was already ravaged by battles between the Taliban and Afghan government forces when a violent earthquake hit the area Monday afternoon on 26 October. The epicentre of the earthquake, which measured 7.5 on the Richter scale, was in the Badakhshan province and could be felt in...
The Maid Started her Own Shop
Every day was a struggle against hunger for the 50-year-old widow Majabin and her five children. With help from Mission East, she has now started her own small food business. Around 0.70 Euro per day and a single meal is what Afghan Majabin was paid to work as a maid in the house next door. It was not enough to buy food for her five children, all of whom suffered from skin diseases, had protruding ribs and constant stomach-aches because of malnutrition. War Widow Majabin’s husband was killed in the war many years ago, and the family has since lived a life in poverty in a hut on a small piece...
Mission East present in Afghanistan after massive earthquake
A massive earthquake struck Monday morning northeastern Afghanistan. Danish aid organization is present in the area and preliminary reports tell of collapsed schools. Around 10 am CET an earthquake hit Afghanistan measuring 7.5 on the Richter scale. The epicenter is located close to Faizabad, the provincial capital of Badakhshan. As far away as Islamabad and New Delhi buildings were swaying and people rushed into the streets in panic. In the northeastern provinces of Badakhshan and Takhar there are reports of collapsed schools and several casualties. Mission East is already present in the...
Last week Mission East distributed relief items to families who have fled the fighting in Northern Afghanistan.
Mission East has distributed hygiene kits and installed latrines in IDP camp near Taloqan and Faizabad to prevent infectious diseases. Last week Mission East staff in Afghanistan handed out 480 boxes of hygiene items to families who have fled the fighting between the Taliban and government forces in the city of Kunduz and other places in northern Afghanistan. The displaced families have taken refuge in various open spaces around Taloqan, Faizabad and other towns. The majority of the IDPs are living in tents. The need for help is enormous, and includes needs for food, improved shelter –...
Zarifah has seen how hygiene has improved her children's health
When Zarifah had to flee her village, there was no money for medicine and doctor’s visits when the children were sick. Mission East gave her a chance to improve her own and her family's health. Zarifah is the mother of three and lives in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the northern province of Badakhshan in Afghanistan. Zarifah was forced to flee her home district as the situation became too dangerous for the family. Her husband is the only one in the family who has a job, but since it is only causal, it is extremely difficult for the family to survive. Sometimes bread and...
Dost Mohammad and Golshihra from Afghanistan.
When Dost Mohammad first heard about Mission East gardening project for women, he was against letting his wife Golshihra participate.  Now the kitchen garden is the family's pride. When you talk with Afghan Dost Mohammad about the teaching of improved vegetable gardens and preserving of vegetables for poor village women, he is all smiles: "I 'm really happy about all the positive changes that the teaching has given my wife and our entire family. In the past we lacked food every winter, especially in January and February, but that is no longer the case. " Initially, Dost Mohammad had a...
A girls toilet has improved the attendance of both girls and boys in the school
When Gazergah school in Chall district, Takhar  province  got a separate girls’ toilet, it had enormous consequences for the children's well-being and health.   "Before, it was a punishment to go to school because we could only use the bathroom in the afternoon. Now it's much nicer, because we can go to the bathroom whenever we want. Now I enjoy going to school, and I find that I learn more, "says Hanifa , who is a student at Gazergah school. Before there was only one toilet at the school. In the morning it was only the boys who got to use it, and in the afternoon , it was the girls' turn....
Access to credit: Due to her situation, Sayeed was invited to participate when Mission East, in cooperation with local village councils, organized training for kitchen gardening. "I learned a lot about farming, sales and a healthy diet for children," Sayeed says. Later, Mission East received permission to help the women in the village to start self-help groups. The group members learn how to save up money together, and take loans from the money collected. The poor rarely have access to loans from a bank, because they cannot provide security. Furthermore because there are no banks in the...

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