On Monday 17.01.2021, in the evening hours, our project coordinator received a call for help from WFP*:

Ninety-six families who had been internally displaced near the city of Herat, living in tents or simple mud huts, had been victims of a tidal wave. The water had swept away their meagre dwellings and all their belongings, and it is very fortunate that there were no human casualties. Project Coordinator Ing. Farzad and his colleagues quickly headed out in the dark to help the families out of their initial embarrassment with nutrient-enriched biscuits. The flood-affected people had found temporary shelter in a vacant industrial building.

By Wednesday, 85 families had received enough basic food for six weeks.

We would like to thank you, but also our supporters and colleagues of WFP. Without the donations Shelter Now receives from both sides, this rapid and uncomplicated help would not have been possible.

Ewald Göttler,
Shelter Now Executive Regional Director
Herat, Afghanistan

*Shelter Now has been working in Herat since 2007 and has been partnering with WFP (the UN’s World Food Program) there since 2014 to support people in particular need.


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