Flexible solutions for families in need – UNICEF

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A timely lifeline

In partnership with the European Union (EU) Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), UNICEF, through its rapid response mechanism, is providing cash to families like Nazook’s who need food on the table, warm clothes on their backs, or other supplies in the aftermath of this emergency. UNICEF and partners identify villages where homes were totally or partially destroyed, where families lost loved ones, or where people were injured and have no alternative means to provide for their urgent basic needs. Eligible families are verified in consultation with community leaders.

In Nazook’s village, all 48 families are receiving cash support. Across Herat, UNICEF is providing more than 4,200 families with cash assistance to buy food, medicine, fuel, or warm clothes – whatever they might need – to prepare for the coming winter. 

“Winter in Herat, as in many other regions of Afghanistan, comes with increasing health and nutrition concerns. Respiratory infections become life threatening to the youngest children, and even more so with many health facilities damaged by the earthquakes,” says Siddig Ibrahim, UNICEF’s Chief of Field Office in Herat. “Families already struggling to put food on the table have now lost their food reserves and livestock with the rest of their belongings.”

“Cash assistance is one of the most efficient ways UNICEF can give children and families the dignity and flexibility to meet their urgent needs.”

With her calm resilience and positive spirit, Nazook remains a steady rock for her family.

“We still have some wheat flour,” she says, “and for now, we have this cash to keep us going.”

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