October 14, 2021
By Gibran Naiyyar Peshimam and Jorge Silva
Kabul (Reuters) – Ahmad Karil Mayan, program director of a large Kabul orphanage, says he is reducing the amount of fruit and meat he gives his children each week due to lack of money in his home.
He has been desperate for both foreign and local donors who previously supported him since the Taliban in Afghanistan took control of the country over the past two months and the millions of dollars of aid were suddenly depleted. I sent a phone call and an email.
“Unfortunately, most of them have left the country-donors, foreign donors and embassies in Afghanistan. In the vast Siamese Children’s Village north of the capital, a 40-year-old Maya told Reuters.
“We are now trying to run the place with very little money and little food,” he added.
(Open https://reut.rs/3FOCpLJ in an external browser to see the image package of the orphanage in Kabul’s struggle.)
The orphanage has about 130 children over the age of three. It has been in operation for over 10 years and provides shelter only for those who have lost their parents or who cannot afford to keep their parents.
Among them is Samira, a nine-year-old from northeastern Badakhshan, who had been in an orphanage for almost two years after her father died and her mother had no means of helping her siblings.
On a cool day in Kabul, in the playground outside, she plays as hard as she studies and grins widely as she gets higher on the swing. Despite her young age, she has already taken additional classes and wants to be a doctor when she grows up.
“I want to serve my hometown and save others from illness, and I want other girls to study and become doctors like me in the future.” She told Reuters with a sheepish smile.
Such orphanages play a huge role in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed in a war that has devastated the country for over 40 years.
The lack of funding that has hit charities, non-governmental organizations, and ordinary Afghans after the hard-line Muslim Tullivan movement regained control of the country has forced the Maya to make tough choices.
The orphanage tried to send several children back to their relatively wealthy relatives, but returned one by one.
The Maya said staff had to reduce the amount of food and limit the types of food children eat.
“Previously, we served fruits twice a week and meat twice a week, but we may cut those items only once a week, or (not so many). . “
Faced with an economic crisis as winter approaches, Taliban officials urge Western governments to resume aid donations and unblock more than $ 9 billion of Afghan central bank reserves held abroad in the United States I asked.
Many countries have refused to admit the Taliban, which until recently was a jihadist rebellion against foreign troops and their Afghan allies.
Some governments require groups to guarantee basic civil liberties, including allowing girls to attend secondary school and women to work.
The Taliban, which banned all girls’ education from 1996 to 2001, said it was working on this issue.
Exacerbating the orphanage problem is the $ 200 weekly limit on bank withdrawals to avoid performing hard currencies. That is, access to funds is not enough to support children and staff.
The Maya fear that the orphanage may not function anymore if the situation continues.
It will be devastating for children learning math, English, computer lessons and physical education, not to mention food and shelters.
Aspiring doctors, Samira, due to her age, can attend school outside the orphanage and attend additional classes in the afternoon to move on.
Hardships do not undermine her ambitions, but she also realizes that she may have to go abroad to study in order to reach her goals.
“You are not allowed to study here.”
(Edited by Mike Collett-White)
Kabul orphanages struggle to feed their children when they run out of cash
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