history

Modern Afghanistan was founded in 1709 when one the local tribes established a dynastic empire first based in Kandahar and later moved to Kabul. The Afghan Empire remained independent until the 19th century when it fell under British control. Afghanistan then became a buffer between the British and Russian empires until it won its independence from British control in 1919.

The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 to support the tottering Communist regime in Kabul, but withdrew 10 years later under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-Communist groups. A civil war between these factions erupted following the 1992 fall of the Communist regime. The Taliban, a movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country's civil
war and anarchy, seized Kabul in 1996, and in 1998 seized most of the country outside of opposition Northern Alliance strongholds. After the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in attempts to topple the Taliban. As a result of heavy war, thousands of children have been left orphaned and forced to find their own way to food, shelter, and safety.

The majority of Afghanistan’s population (nearly 99%) is Muslim. The main ethnic groups include the Pashtun and Tajik, as well as other smaller ethnic groups. The major languages spoken in Afghanistan are Persian and Pashtu, as well as other languages spoken by other smaller minority groups.

Afghanistan facts in Numbers
33,332,025 population
112.8 deaths/1,000 live births Infant Mortality Rate
$2000 Average Family Income
35%Unemployment Rate
Life in Afghanistan

Life began assisting Afghan refugees in 2001 in Pakistan, and opened formal operations in Afghanistan in
March 2002. Life assisted orphans, widows and refugees of war, by providing them with food, clothing, shelter, education, medical supplies and digging water wells. Life in partnership with the US State Department and the Department of Defense, distributed 5,000 wheelchairs to the handicapped in all provinces throughout the country with guidance from the UN and the Afghan Ministry of Martyrs and Disabled.

Afghanistan: SPECIAL NEEDS
$150 EMERGENCY BASKET FOR ONE FAMILY

Emergency baskets are designed to provide immediate aid and relief to survivors of natural disasters and wars. Currently, we are in need of additional baskets in Mosul (Iraq), Syria, and Haiti. 

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Books and School Supplies

Life provides books and educational materials to teachers and students in Native American and non-profit schools and colleges in the US while also distributing books, educational materials and equipment, and uniforms for students and teachers in many countries.

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Food Baskets

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting, but more so, it is a time in which Muslims are compelled to give.

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Orphan Sponsorship

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in. 

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Zakat Al-Maal

Zakat Al-Maal is the third pillar of Islam.  Any man or woman who meets the minimum requirements of wealth must pay their share of Zakat. However, paying Zakat is not a burden—it is a blessing and a testimony to one’s sincere faith and devotion to Allah.

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Udhiyah

Udhiyah in Arabic translates to any animal of the ‘an’aam class (i.e., Cow, Sheep, Goat, or Camel). Udhiyah/Qurbani is the sacrifice of the animals mentioned, after the Eid prayer. It is among the great rituals of Islam and a tradition of his blessed messengers.

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Water Wells

Water wells qualify as a source of ongoing charity. Donate a water well for your loved ones as a source of reward. Life digs water wells in villages and rural areas close to places of worship, hospitals, or schools.

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