Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places to be a child.

In the past weeks, the situation for children in Afghanistan has become critical. The long-running humanitarian crisis has become a triple crisis: conflict, COVID-19 and drought.

Right now, half of the population of Afghanistan need humanitarian assistance. And the situation is only getting worse.

With the ongoing fighting intensifying, children are increasingly the victim.

In any emergency children suffer most. More than 203,000 children in Afghanistan have been forced from their homes. Everyday thousands more join them, especially in the last week. Fleeing with what little they can carry the outlook for these children is desperate.

To make matters worse, drought is a constant in much of Afghanistan.

Today nearly 2 million children don’t have access to clean water and hygiene supplies. Over 1 million children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Without urgent support, these children will not survive.

While a lack of food and water threaten children today, COVID – 19 is threatening their future. Schools are closed because of the pandemic and conflict, so more than 9.5 million children have no access to an education.

In every day, and every way the situation for children in Afghanistan is critical.

Children are paying the price for this worsening conflict with their childhoods. Please donate today and help children in Afghanistan a future.

Stay And Deliver

UNICEF will stay and deliver, we are scaling-up our humanitarian response and are committed to helping every child in Afghanistan.

Right now, we are preparing for the likely worst-case-scenario. Over 12 million people in Afghanistan don’t know where their next meal will come from. With the drought and conflict hardening, the risk of famine is rising quickly.

We have been in Afghanistan for 65 years. In that time, we’ve built the trust we need to reach children, even in the hardest to reach areas.

UNICEF, through its 11 offices in the country, is preparing to:

  • Provide 147,000 people, many displaced families, with clean water and hygiene supplies.
  • Supply emergency therapeutic food to children in every increasing number. We are also expanding the capacity of our warehouses to deal with the increasing threat of famine.
  • Supporting 21 mobile health teams across the country to provide emergency health services and COVID 19 vaccinations.

But we need your help to reach these children. Time is running out for children in Afghanistan so please donate now.



How Your Donations Save Lives

€50 could supply safe drinking water to protect 5 children for an entire month.

€75 will provide enough lifesaving emergency food to nourish 10 children for two weeks.

€100 could provide essential medicines to treat 12 sick and injured children, saving their lives.

Please help children struggling to survive by donating now to UNICEF Ireland.

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.