Our Approach

We work with marginalized communities, returning refugees, host communities, religious and community leaders, teachers, youth, and other stakeholders to address basic needs including improving access to and the quality of health care, education, and livelihoods. By enhancing the capacity of existing community structures and individuals, Community World Service Asia supports communities in an effort to overcome inequality and to work toward sustainable food security, peace, access to basic rights, and resilience. We strive to build the capacity of teachers to help develop the quality of education and its role in the country’s development as well as support NGOs with organizational development through training and technical support. We also actively engage government departments and communities in DRR activities. When necessary, emergency response is provided to disaster-affected communities.

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Afghanistan by the numbers

  • Poverty

    Poverty in Afghanistan rose to 39 percent of the population in 2013-14 from 36 percent in 2011-12, meaning an additional 1.3 million Afghans were unable to satisfy basic food and non-food needs. (World Bank 2017)

  • Labor Force

    Labor force participation rate: The World Bank provides data for Afghanistan from 1990 to 2017. The average value for Afghanistan during that period was 52.3 percent with a minimum of 51.39 percent in 1990 and a maximum of 54.24 percent in 2017.

  • Infant Mortality

    Recent estimates suggest over 9 million people have limited or no access to essential health services. Rates of infant and maternal mortality remain among the highest in the world at 73/1000 live births and 327/100,000 live births respectively with reports of maternal mortality ratio (MMR) rates as high as 417/100,000 in rural parts of the country. (UNOCHA 2017)

  • Education post-Taliban

    According to the government, 3.5 million children are out of school, and 85 percent of them are girls. Only 37 percent of adolescent girls are literate, compared to 66 percent of adolescent boys. (Human Rights Watch 2017)

Visual Media


Watch the video to hear Mahrukh's phenomenal story about her enterprise As part of the Girls Education Projects in Afghanistan, skills based classes along with...

Afghanistan Offices