Afghanistan has gone through phases of external invasion and civil strife for more than four decades. And most Afghans have been exposed to these events. Among all, war and political violence are associated with high rates of mental disorders and the risk of long-term mental health problems.
Specifically, with the current situation and humanitarian crisis going on, the mental health status of Afghans living in the battle areas has gotten tremendously worsened. The current situation forced Afghans to live through challenging conditions, such as frequently being bereaved, having their land and properties ruined, being forcefully obliged to move internally or externally multiple times, being imprisoned and tortured in the neighboring countries as well.
According to official authorities, the estimated number of orphans is around 1.5 million. There are 68 public and private orphanages across the country; however, 26 of them have actually been shut down due to the great economic crisis that the country is going through.
Alawuddin Girls’ Orphanage is home to 220 children, respectively who they lost their families. Each of these children, who live here at different ages, has witnessed the loss of a family member. These children have been brought to this place due to the lack of family, parents. In the beginning and the first days, getting used to this place is very difficult for them and most of them become isolated.
These children are facing many problems such lack of food, unqualified shelter, health care, good education and lack of safe drinking water. All these will have effect on children’s physical and mental health.
We intend to set up a computer lab with 24 computers with desk and chairs for orphanage girls, and to hire an experienced and qualified teacher to teach students. We will be needing $6,500 for this project.
Mentorship will be offered to each and every student to realize their strength and opt and motivate them to have a happier life.