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June 23, 2022

Afghanistan earthquake: How to help

A powerful earthquake struck a rugged, mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan early Wednesday, flattening stone and mud-brick homes in the country’s deadliest quake in two decades. (Source: AP)

On June 22, a shallow, highly destructive earthquake of magnitude 5.9 hit the Paktika and Khost provinces in southeastern Afghanistan, along its border with Pakistan, leaving at least 1,000 people dead, and thousands more injured.

Serious damage to structures being reported, with immense devastation to homes – which frequently house eight or more people.

Search and rescue operations are underway, and officials expect the death and injury toll to rise. Many people are using their bare hands to dig through rubble in search of survivors, as heavy machinery is scarce in this part of Afghanistan. Landslides from recent heavy rains have made many roads, which are already difficult to navigate because of the mountainous terrain, fully impassable.

In photos: Deadly Afghanistan earthquake (CNN)

The quake hit in a region where children and families are already struggling with conflict, severe food insecurity and other humanitarian crises. Less than a year ago, the U.S. government and NATO removed their longstanding military presence, and the Taliban took control of the country’s governance, triggering a massive refugee exodus.

Related: Afghanistan Refugee Crisis: How to Help

Afghanistan is in dire need of medical and other disaster relief supplies

The Associated Press reports that more than 60% of Afghanistan’s population of 38 million already relies on international aid to survive. Many UWCFD nonprofit organizations have longstanding commitments to the people of Afghanistan and have begun mobilizing their response teams. The need is overwhelming and growing fast. 

Consider making a one-time gift or setting up monthly payroll deduction through the UWCFD to one of our member organizations actively responding to the crisis:

UNICEF USA‘s (charity code 0315489) medical and nutrition teams are working to provide first aid for those who are injured. UNICEF is also providing critical aid, including kitchen equipment, hygiene supplies including soap, detergent, towels, sanitary pads and water buckets, warm clothes, shoes and blankets, as well as tents and tarpaulins.

  • The U.N. Crisis Relief program has a separate unrestricted Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund, which is managed locally under U.N. leadership. This is not a UWCFD fund but can be supported directly via the above website.

International Rescue Committee (IRC) (charity code 0315540) has deployed mobile health teams to the Spera District of Khost Province to help provide food, medical teams, health clinics and temporary shelters.

CARE (charity code 0315522): CARE’s Rapid Response Team is deploying experts who will provide food, temporary shelter, and vital supplies to those affected by the earthquake.

Project Hope (charity code 0316050): Project HOPE has deployed an emergency response team and is mobilizing to assess immediate health needs like hygiene kits, PPE and water purification supplies to save as many lives as possible.

Action Against Hunger (charity code 0316711) has worked in Afghanistan for two decades, and continuously since 1995, providing a range of lifesaving services while addressing the underlying conditions that give rise to deadly malnutrition and food insecurity

International Medical Corps (charity code 1479246) was established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses to address the critical need for medical care in war-torn Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation.

Islamic Relief USA (charity code ): Our work in Afghanistan now is a continuation of 20 years of humanitarian services for families in need in Afghanistan.

Save the Children (charity code 0315475): Escalating conflict in Afghanistan poses a dire threat for children. Save the Children remains committed to protecting children not only in Afghanistan but around the world and support the future children deserve – a future free of violence and a life protected from conflict.

Doctors Without Borders (charity code 0315935) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters in more than 70 countries.

American Red Cross International Services (charity code 0338058) helps vulnerable individuals and communities around the world to prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, and life-threatening health conditions.

Americares (charity code 0315518) has relief workers on the ground assisting in the response and more staff deployments are planned. Shipments of critical supplies are underway as they work with local partners to assess needs and provide support for a heavily impacted health system.

International Medical Corps (charity code 1479246) works in conflict areas around the world and is raising money for a campaign to help provide medical equipment, PPE, isolation facilities and other essential supplies.