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Zakat Foundation in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is located directly north of Pakistan and borders Iran to its west. The UN Human Development Report ranks the country among the highest in child mortality rates in the South Asia region, which is in large part a result of decades of internal conflict that have taken a heavy toll on its health and medical care infrastructure. The country also hosts a substantial population of refugees – some estimates put the number around a quarter million – whose circumstances are made more difficult by the lack of strong medical resources.
Concerns about security have restricted many children, particularly girls, from receiving any type of formal education. According to some reports, Afghan female literacy rate is estimated to be as low as 10% in rural areas between the ages of 15 – 24. Despite some recent improvements in this area, the education of girls is still largely neglected with female students comprising only one-third of all children attending school.
Zakat Foundation of America’s work in Afghanistan focuses especially on the issue of education. ZF develops educational opportunity, particularly for young women, by sponsoring a number of schools in Kabul and in other areas of the country. ZF also distributes meals for the Ramadan and Eid holidays for deprived families, and delivers timely emergency relief in the wake of natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods.
Sources: UN Stats | UNESCO | World Bank