Eid Al Adha – Kabul Afghanistan 🇦🇫 LFT continuation of support to food insecure households in Dasht-e-Barchi
Afghanistan is currently grappling with political and economic instability, leading to a dire situation where 9 out of 10 individuals lack sufficient access to food (WFP, 2023).
Recognizing this distressing reality, LFT has remained committed to continuing its emergency food assistance to vulnerable families residing in the most marginalized communities in Ghazni, Kabul, and Mazaar-e-Sharif over the past two years.
Continuing its efforts, LFT has recently supported several more families living in Dasht-e-Barchi in Kabul, Afghanistan.
These families have received essential food items such as wheat flour, rice, beans, cooking oil, and salt. Through this project, LFT aims to alleviate the hardships faced by food-insecure households and contribute to improving their well-being and food security whilst also addressing these families mental health well-being.
Zahra, a mother of four children, is one of the recipients of food assistance in this current phase. She resides in a remote area of Dasht-e-Barchi, where the residents often express feeling forgotten and neglected, lacking support from both the government and non-governmental organizations.
Zahra’s story sheds light on the hardships faced by many in her community.
Zahra, who used to work as a teacher for several years, now finds herself in a difficult situation.
Following the Taliban’s ban on girls’ education, she lost her job and was confined to her home. As a single mother with three sons and one daughter, Zahra faces the immense challenge of providing for her family without a stable source of income.
To feed her children, she resorted to selling some of her household furniture and utensils, desperately searching for any solution to alleviate their hunger, even if only temporarily. Zahra shared her heartbreaking experience, saying, “I used to be a teacher in a private school, but after the Taliban banned women from attending schools and universities, I lost my job. I stayed at home and faced immense struggles to put groceries on the table for my children. I watched helplessly as my children suffered from starvation due to the scarcity of food. I pondered over countless possibilities, but in the end, I had no choice”.
Zahra’s account highlights the dire circumstances faced by vulnerable individuals in Dasht-e-Barchi, as well as the urgent need for sustained support and intervention to address the prevailing food shortages and alleviate the suffering of families like hers.
Based on the household survey conducted by the local team, Zahra’s family was identified as eligible to receive emergency food assistance from LFT.
A group of surveyors, as part of LFT’s program to identify households in need of humanitarian support, visited Zahra’s home. She expresses her gratitude and relief for being selected to receive these crucial food packages, which will provide sustenance for herself and her children for approximately one and a half months. Zahra wholeheartedly acknowledges the diligent and unbiased efforts of the LFT survey team in identifying the most vulnerable families. She extends her heartfelt appreciation to all those who have aided her in her time of desperation as an unemployed woman solely responsible for her struggling family.