Support for people in need
by and for Afghans

Utilizing a decentralized network built on Afghan ownership, we provide humanitarian aid and support to people where it is needed most.

<28 Mio.
in need of basic necessities
Affected by food insecurity
6.1 Mio.
on the verge of starvation
Kabul, Afghanistan
Population of 4.5 Million

Food Distribution

In the regions of Kunduz, Mazar-e Sharif, Wardak, and Kabul, immediate relief for families and vulnerable people is offered in the form of food supplies.  

 A family of four needs between 30 USD and 40 USD to provide themselves with flour, rice, bread, tea, etc. for one month. From 200 USD, we can provide about 100 people with food for one day.  

The distribution is done with trusted local partners who are on the ground and are experienced. We want to give families the chance to assemble food boxes according to their needs. In places where this is not an option, we will provide people with the most basic necessities via pre-made food boxes.

Agricultural Assistance

In the northern Afghan provinces of Badakhkhan and Balkh, agricultural support is provided through donations by purchasing chickens, bee families, plants, and seeds for prospective farmers. Additionally, wells are built to secure the water supply in places without access to water but with sufficient agricultural land. Our goal is to enable people to support themselves independently long-term through agriculture.

After receiving the donations, the prospective farmers learn the necessary know-how to enable them to cultivate their land sustainably and independently. Subsequently, to prepare the soil for cultivation, tractors are rented for one day.

You can contribute to the following with your donations:

  • Plants and seeds for one farmer cost 20 USD.
  • A chicken costs 6 USD. With 20 chickens, a family can sustain itself economically by selling eggs and chickens.
  • A family of bees costs 80 USD. A family requires five bee families to sell honey and feed themselves.
  • A well that can supply 10,000 square meters of land with water costs 5,000 USD. With 10,000 square meters of land, ten families can farm independently long-term.
  • A tractor costs about 6 USD per hour. In eight hours, 10,000 square meters of land can be prepared for farming. 

In the future, we plan to provide this type of assistance in other provinces where Yari has networks and staff. Our focus lies on rural areas because people outside the cities usually live in higher poverty, cut off from most aid programs.

Relief for Single Mothers

Yari’s local network plans to support single mothers by providing them with money and food donations. Volunteers within our networks will go to neighborhoods where women in need stay with their families. Following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, we successfully approached single mothers with care and sensitivity to their circumstances to provide them with assistance. Additionally, there is the option to provide care and counseling for families to support them even further. For now, this support is provided in Kabul Mazar-e Sharif, Kunduz, and Badakhshan.

Every single mother receives between $30 and $40 per month as ongoing support, which covers the food costs for one month.

Although the volunteers do not receive a salary, each volunteer is paid approximately 100 to 120 USD per month to cover their costs for transportation and food.

About Us

Yari Relief is the humanitarian pillar of the registered non-profit German-Afghan NGO Mediothek for Afghanistan e. V., based in Kabul and Berlin. Due to the current humanitarian crisis, the Mediothek is presently focusing on alleviating the dramatic situation in Afghanistan.

Since the late 1990s, we have been primarily involved in Afghanistan as an independent relief organization to contribute to the long-term development of the country. The Mediothek was founded in 1993 and has since promoted education, supported cultural actors, and trained journalists in Afghanistan.

We place particular importance on ownership and eye-level cooperation. In Afghanistan, we mainly employ Afghans as project staff, as the work on-site requires a high level of local competence, and the development of mutual trust with local partners is essential in a conflict-intensive environment.