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Afghanistan needs Help

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Brief information about Afghanistan

Established to help Afghan refugees, Help is now supporting refugees to reintegrate through vocational training, promoting the self-determination of women and offers prospects for the future in sustainable tourism, agriculture, trade and building up authorities as well as in the use of alternative energy.

"As a 21-year old Afghan woman I want changes in my country, peace and security. Thanks to Help I took the university entrance examination, am studying economics and attend the Help course for office communication on a half-day basis. Today I am an educated student, who will use every opportunity.“ (Maria from Herat)

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What is the situation like in Afghanistan?

We're fighting against poverty and violence for decades

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since the Soviet invasion in 1979 Afghanistan has been suffering from war, violence and terror. The country on the Hindu Kusch is characterised by terrorist attacks and insufficient living conditions. The security situation remains tense.

A lack of education hinders development and reduces the opportunities to move out of poverty independently. A large proportion of the population lives from agriculture. Afghanistan is the largest opium producer in the world. The country has high levels of child and maternal mortality, a low level of education and few energy resources.

Afghanistan is now standing at the crossroads between moving into the modern world and returning back to archaic traditions and violence. Promoting education, civil reconstruction and strengthening the disadvantaged groups of people in society such as women as well as sustainable prospects to secure the basic needs of the population are extremely important for the future development of the country.

How is Help helping in Afghanistan?

Einkommen schaffende Maßnahmen in Afghanistan
Tailoring women at work

Livelihood security with women in crafting, climate protection and tourism

Since 2005 Help has been promoting the integration of people returning from Iran and the occupational independence of women. In the west Afghan province of Herat Help is educating women and men in marketable occupations. The following are on offer:  

  • dressmaker and furrier
  • car mechanic and biogas plant user
  • agriculture
  • further training of authority employees
  • computer courses, English and project management


In the Afghan cultural capital of Bamyan Help is supporting young Afghan entrepreneurs with sales rooms, a women's café and training room, promoting the expansion of tourism and instructing end-users to build biogas plants as an alternative climate-friendly source of energy.


Donors and partners: AA (Department for Foreign Affairs), BMZ (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development), BORDA, Slovenian Ministry for Foreign Affairs

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Data and facts

  • Population: 31.627.506 (2014)
  • Capital: Kabul (approx. 4,5 million citizens)
  • National language: Dari (50%) and Paschtu (35%)
  • Religions: 99% Muslims (80% Sunnites and 19% Schiites)
  • Expectation of life: 60,03 years (2013)
  • Childhood mortality (children under 5 years, per 1.000 citizens): 91,1 (2015)
  • People with literacy: 31,75% (2011)

Auswärtiges Amt / Human Development Reports / UNDP / UNHCR / BMZ / International Food Policy Research Institute /

  • Since 10 years Help educates as far as 1.000 women and men into marketable jobs in Herat.
  • In Herat and Bamyan a total of 560 administration secretaries get educated in 2015/2016 .
  • 110 women get practical trainings in agencies for 6 to 9 months.
  • From 2014 to 2016 Help teaches about 80 craftsmen the building of biogas plants in Bamyan and is building 15 of those plants.

From 1981 to 1997 Help implemented projects in Afghanistan and to support Afghan refugees in neighbouring countries in the field of emergency aid, education and vocational training, health and agriculture.

Since November of 2001 Help works in Herat and since 2014 in Bamyan:

  • schools and water pipelines got constructed,
  • the first german female deminer got deployed,
  • war-affected adolescents got education and vocational trainings,
  • vocational trainings and reintegration of returnees from Iran were supported,
  • composition of agency structures were supported,
  • independence of women is strengthened.


Maren Rahlf
Do you have questions about our work in Afghanistan?
Maren Rahlf
will be happy to help you:
+49(0)228 91529-34