Kabul, Afghanistan, 7 October 2016 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network donated 125 tents and 100 Non Food Item packages to the Governor of Takhar to support 750 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Kunduz.
The Governor of Takhar, Mohammad Yasin Zia, expressed his gratitude to Focus Humanitarian Assistance and other NGOs who are helping with the response on the ground. “There are over 5,000 people arriving in Taloqan,” he said, “these tents will provide shelter for the IDPs from Kunduz, we cannot let women and children sleep in the open because we do not have enough shelter.”
The tents have been set up in a compound close to Taloqan, which is being used to house the IDPs who have fled Kunduz due to ongoing violence in the city over the last week. The tents were mobilised from FOCUS’ stockpiles in Fayzabad, Badakhshan and funded by the United States (US) Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, under the FOCUS USAID Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, of which disaster preparedness is a key component. FOCUS was able to deliver the tents to Takhar within hours of the first IDPs arriving from Kunduz. A further 100 NFI packages were distributed to IDPs through local civil society organisations.
Each of the tents can accommodate a family of six people, and the families also received tarpaulin sheets, blankets and hygiene kits containing soap, shampoo and laundry powder. FOCUS also provided an additional 200 blankets.
The U nited Nations estimates that up to 33,000 people have been displaced in recent days, with many travelling to Takahar, Kabul and Mazar-i-Shariff.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) is an international disaster management and emergency response agency providing relief and support services during natural and man-made disasters, primarily in the developing world. It is established in Europe, North America, Central and South Asia and helps people in need reduce their dependence on humanitarian aid. Additionally, it facilitates community transition to sustainable, self-reliant, long-term development. FOCUS is an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of institutions working to improve opportunities and living conditions for people of all faiths and origins in specific regions of the developing world. For further information please visit: http://www.akdn.org/focus
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. https://www.usaid.gov/