Sher Ali’s family received an unconditional cash grant to cover the costs of buying essential items such as clothing. Unfortunately fighting in Dahana-e-Ghori is far from over. Displaced families continue to reachg Pul-e-Khumri in search of peace and shelter for their families. In total at least 1,500 families are reportedly displaced. (Read more.)
MARYAM, a widowed mother
Maryam Bibi was displaced from Ahamd Khail district back in August 2016. "It was very insecure to stay there with children," she says and adds that she was only able to take what she could grab with her hands. Once she reached Gardez she faced a lot of problems.
People in Need was also able to support Maryam and her family with rental assistance for three months which enabled her to move from the tent that could barely fit her family into a house.
"I was able to purchase a carpet for my room and now I feel more comfortable, as the house offered us privacy, safety and dignity," says Maryam. "I also have more food and my children can continue their education in Gardez city," she adds and expresses her gratitude for the support. (Read more)
Maryam Bibi and her children
emergency response mechanism in afghanistan
In order to respond effectively and rapidly to emergencies caused by conflict and sudden natural disasters, the European Commission established the Emergency Response Mechanism (ERM) in 2011. This mechanism, funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO), aims to meet the increasing humanitarian needs of populations in partnership with INGOs based across many provinces in Afghanistan.
People in Need (PIN) has been working in Afghanistan since 2001. Back in 2012 it became ERM partner and in terms of this mechanism is currently working in 5 provinces. PIN deploys assessment and response teams to meet as quickly as possible the needs of families affected by conflict (and natural disaster) through a small cash grant.
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