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PRESS RELEASE, 12 December 2001


Terre des hommes launched winter relief program in Afghanistan
The Foundation of Terre des hommes has recently launched a winter relief program for street children in Kabul, Afghanistan and is expanding its operational capacity in the capital city as well as in Rustaq, northern Afghanistan.

Terre des hommes (Tdh) has been supporting a street-children project in Kabul since 1995, implemented and run by the local Afghan NGO Aschiana. Six drop-in centers for girls and boys offer nowadays a range of services to street-working children: income-generating activities, psycho-social support to traumatized children, nutritional support, health care, health education, mine awareness training, narcotic hazards awareness, basic education, consultation and recreation.

In order to meet the needs of the impoverished children in Kabul, Terre des hommes with its local partner NGO ASCHIANA implemented on 17th of November a winter relief program for 684 boys and 650 girls and their families. Each child received a winter relief package including hygiene materials like toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc, kerosene for heating, rice, edible oil, and blanket. The project distributed so far 13.340 kg rice, 4.669 L of edible oil and 1.334 blankets. Since the same day more than 600 street-working girls are happily back again to the centers and attending programs in tailoring, knitting, basic education and psycho-social support. They all were banned from the centers in July 1998 by the Taliban authorities.

With additional financial support from terre des hommes Germany the project will increase food and non-food distribution for street children over the next couple of months.

Terre des hommes is also implementing a post-earthquake rehabilitation project in Rustaq district, northern Afghanistan. The project includes water & sanitation facilities, school construction and providing funds for 11 primary, middle and secondary schools, and running health services for 15 villages and a clinic for the whole district.

In order to meet the needs of the impoverished population the Foundation of Terre des hommes in cooperation with terre des hommes Germany is expanding its operational capacity in the north by implementing a winter relief program for 1.500 children and their families of the 15 most-affected villages.

The project will concentrate on food distribution in order to help the malnourished families to survive the harsh winter conditions during December and January.

 

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