UMCOR

United Methodist Committee on Relief

Afghanistan

UMCOR recently marked its tenth anniversary in Afghanistan, having established its work there in May 2002. The decision to open the Afghanistan mission was part of UMCOR’s efforts to respond to the events of September 11, 2001.

From the beginning, UMCOR has been involved in Afghanistan with refugees and internally displaced persons, promoting their safe return and reintegration into their home villages, districts, and provinces. UMCOR has remained actively engaged in helping Afghans recover from decades of conflict and years of drought by helping them, through holistic programs, to rebuild their homes and communities.

In the early years, UMCOR concentrated on shelter construction; access to water through wells; basic sanitation, health, and hygiene projects; and providing clothing and winterization for the most vulnerable people, who have always included women, children, the elderly, and the disabled. UMCOR also helped demobilize child soldiers. And it provided essential services such as homes, schools, clinics, livelihoods, and farm animals to help get families restarted in their communities. To this day, UMCOR remains true to its roots in Afghanistan.

With its main office in the city of Kabul, UMCOR’s Afghanistan mission currently implements activities in six major districts of Kabul Province. Rather than focus on one sector, it continues to address complex humanitarian needs through the implementation of integrated return program activities in infrastructure, livelihoods, WASH, education, and nutrition. UMCOR’s approach is inclusive of both returnees and host communities in order to bridge existing divisions and mitigate tensions between these groups.

Current Projects

UMCOR is currently involved in directly implementing the following projects:

  • Supporting Sustainable Return, Reintegration, and Increased Infrastructure, Opportunities, and Skills for Returnees in Kabul Province (September 2012 – August 2013)
    • Direct Beneficiaries: 76,556 individuals (refugees and non-refugees)
    • Through continued partnership with the US Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM), UMCOR’s project is supporting returnees with the tools and skills they need to sustainably reintegrate into life in Afghanistan.
    • UMCOR is working to provide beneficiaries in six districts of Kabul Province with solutions to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); education; and nutrition needs, as well as increase capacities in and access to sustainable livelihood opportunities.

Recently Completed Projects

UMCOR recently completed implementation of the following projects:

  • UNHCR Water Project (May 2012-October 2012)
    • Direct Beneficiaries: 586 families
    • UMCOR’s project provided 330 families from Kochi Abad, 56 families from Sayad Abad, and 200 families from Hazara communities in Zeba Town with increased access to safer water through the construction of water reservoirs and hand-pump wells and the rehabilitation of streams and ponds.
  • Supporting Sustainable Return to Kabul Province (September 2011-August 2012)
    • Direct Beneficiaries: 114,351 individuals (refugees and non-refugees)
    • With funding from the US Department of State BPRM, UMCOR’s project supported sustainable returns to Surobi, Shakar Dara, Deh Sabz, Paghman, and Khaki Jabar districts in Kabul Province by providing essential livelihoods, WASH, health, and education support to communities and returnees.
  • Supporting Sustainable Return to Kabul Province (September 2010-August 2011)
    • Direct Beneficiaries: 164,528 individuals (refugees and non-refugees)
    • With funding from US Department of State BPRM, UMCOR’s project supported sustainable returns to Surobi, Shakar Dara, Deh Sabz, Paghman, and Khaki Jabar districts of Kabul Province by providing essential livelihoods, health, education, and water assistance.
  • Supporting Sustainable Return to Kabul Province (August 2009-August 2010)
    • Direct Beneficiaries: 43,924 individuals (refugees and non-refugees)
    • With funding from US Department of State BPRM, UMCOR’s project supported sustainable returns to Surobi, Paghman, and Khaki Jabar districts of Kabul Province by providing essential livelihoods, health, water, and shelter assistance.