Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA)

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DDA partners with HAWCA to support women and children in Afghanistan.

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Afghan women’s shelter needs your help to stay open

I wrote to you in March about the emergency women’s shelter that the Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA) has been running for 13 years. With your help we were able to keep the shelter open and source some new temporary funding.
However, we are back at crisis point. For safety reasons, we have been forced to unexpectedly move the shelter, which means we have yet another urgent shortage of funds. We are now busy getting another building ready for women and girls like Zarmina, who was only 2 years old when her mother sold her off to a 22-year-old Taliban member. She came to us deeply traumatized and if she is forced to return to her village, she will be stoned to death.

This is a life and death situation. 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.

Woman fleeing violence at HAWCA_s facility in Kabul_ _AP Photo_Rahmat Gul_
Woman fleeing violence at HAWCA’s facility in Kabul
(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Your donation will give us the lifeline we need to finish getting the new shelter ready and to keep it open.

Thank you for anything you can do to help us.

Yours sincerely,

Najia Karimi
Executive Director, HAWCA

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