Afghanistan Earthquake

On 7 October at around 11 am local time, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck 40km west of Herat City in Herat Province, western Afghanistan. Several aftershocks have occurred since lasting over an hour and triggering panic among residents who fled buildings. Initial assessments indicate 100 people have died and 500 people injured, the figures are likely to be much more. There are reports of major structural damage, landslides and people trapped under rubble.

UNICEF is on the ground assessing the full impact, ready to deliver life-saving emergency supplies to children and families in need.

Please donate to support UNICEF’s ongoing work in emergency response and long-term development programs that help better the lives of children and their families in Afghanistan.

13 million children at risk

Afghanistan is in the grip of one of the world’s largest, most complex humanitarian emergencies with 13 million children at risk and in urgent need of your help.

Diseases such as watery diarrhoea and cholera are on the rise and malnutrition rates continue to soar. It’s now estimated that over 1 million children will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year alone. These children will die without immediate treatment.

Meanwhile the rights of women and girls are further eroded with restrictions to education impacting their opportunities for the future.

Please donate now to help save and protect these children.

What UNICEF is Doing

With a presence stretching back 70 years in Afghanistan and 13 offices across the country, UNICEF is well placed to respond to the emergency and is scaling up its lifesaving programmes for children and women, but we need your urgent support.

You can help us as we continue to help meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable. We are assisting with:

  • Treating children with severe acute malnutrition
  • Vaccinating children against measles
  • Providing safe water to children and their families
  • Helping children resume learning

The stakes for children in Afghanistan couldn’t be higher right now.

They need your help, today.

A mother and child attend a UNICEF clinic to avail of the nutrition and health care services.

Your Donation Saves Children’s Lives

Right now the needs in Afghanistan are immense. We can’t reach every child in need without your help. The futures of millions of children hang by a thread.

A donation to UNICEF today can make a life-saving difference to children:

  • Your €75 now will buy 9,400 water purification tablets to provide children with safe clean water.
  • Your €100 could supply will provide 140 child malnutrition testing kits and emergency food to those on the brink of starvation
  • Your €250 could supply 5 first aid kits to provide immediate life saving healthcare on the ground

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

Your €100 could supply 200 bars of emergency food to treat severely malnourished children.

You can send your donation by post to

Freepost; UNICEF Ireland, 33 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin D01 R283.

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.

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