Eid al-Adha in Rural Afghanistan
This year, Afghanistan is facing the biggest humanitarian crisis ever. Job losses, lack of cash, and increasing commodity prices create a new poverty level in the country. In addition, the drought, political turmoil, and lack of economic development have all taken their toll on the Afghans inside the country.
Gulzad Foundation decided to celebrate this Eid in one of the remote areas of Afghanistan with people who can't afford to buy meat for months. To do so, the foundation team began their journey a day before Eid (7th July 2022) to Kunar province by road. After a long and tiring journey, they arrived at Benshahi village in Dangam district, where they received a warm welcome from locals and witnessed their hospitality. After exchanging words, they discovered that it was the first time a charity organization had visited this area. Therefore, they thought the foundation team was on vacation but were surprised and excited after discovering that they were there to celebrate the Eid festival with them.
On the first day of Eid, after Eid Prayers, the foundation team made their sacrifice and distributed the meat among the local people; In the afternoon, they served lunch to the locals. After interviewing the villagers, the foundation team found that Dangam district in Kunar province is one of the country's most deprived areas to the extent that it lacks basic amenities like electricity, drinking water, school, clinic, paved roads, or access to telecommunication networks, internet, and media.
Residents of this district requested the foundation team to become their voice in the outside world and let the government and donor agencies know about people's challenges in the remote areas.
The Gulzad Foundation, supported by the Gulzad Group, has the capacity and means to provide further assistance to people struggling from malnutrition in the most remote areas of Afghanistan with the support of international organizations, local businessmen, and Afghans who are willing to help.