I am writing to you from Kabul, where the Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) has been running an emergency women’s shelter for the past 13 years. However, it will have to shut down within days, unless we can find new funding.
This would mean no more support for girls like Zarmina, who was forced into marriage with a Taliban member at age 14. After fleeing continuous sexual and domestic violence, she received urgent medical treatment and rehabilitation in the shelter and returned to school. With nobody else to support her, Zarmina is dependent on HAWCA. If she returns to her village, the Taliban will stone her to death.
Each year, between 180-220 women and girls have found protection in our shelter – often fleeing sexual or domestic violence, child marriage or sex trafficking.
Your donation will give us the lifeline we need to keep the shelter open until a more sustainable solution is found.
Thank you for anything you can do to help us.
Executive Director, HAWCA
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