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Humanitarian Actions

The United States is providing historic amounts of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people to help them prepare for the opening of school, and to recover from years of civil war, decades of drought and the effects of terrorist rule.

The Taliban have left the Afghan people without even the most basic infrastructure and health, education, and medical services. President Bush has a comprehensive and compassionate program to bring a brighter future of freedom, hope and opportunity to Afghan families.

While humanitarian relief efforts continue to meet immediate needs, reconstruction activities have begun as well. The government has pledged nearly $300 million in this fiscal year alone to help Afghans with relief and reconstruction in the following areas:

Education:In helping the Afghan people rebuild their country, President Bush has placed a central focus on education. When school opened in March 2002, Afghan children began the year with new textbooks, supplies and uniforms.

USAID is printing and distributing nearly 10 million textbooks for science, math and reading for grades 1-12, 4 million of which will be distributed in time for the first day of school. The textbooks are printed in the Afghan languages of Pushtu and Dari and will be accompanied with teachers' kits and other school supplies.

Vaccinations: Rhe American Red Cross, World Health Organization and UNICEF are working together to support a comprehensive campaign to vaccinate 9 million Afghan children against measles.

Health Care: The United States is spending over $10 million to improve health care in Afghanistan. Funds are being used to rehabilitate health clinics, provide primary health care, train community health workers and vaccinate children.

The U.S. government and others are educating Afghans-especially women-on basic health, nutrition, childcare, hygiene and maternal health. USAID is granting an additional $1 million to support the social and economic rehabilitation and integration of landmine victims and other disabled people.


As of April 1, 2005 the Afghan Children's Fund is no longer accepting contributions. President Bush thanks those among America's youth who participated for their support.

March of Dimes Ambassador Justin Lamar Washington donates one dollar to President Bush as his contribution to assist Afghan children.America's Youth Respond to Afghan Children's Fund
President helped send off relief supplies to Afghan children. Photo courtesy American Red Cross.The American Red Cross is overseeing America's Fund for Afghan children. Photo courtesy American Red Cross.

Mrs. Bush's remarks to the United Nations about Afghan women and children.

By the Numbers

Since October 1, 2001 the U.S. Government has already provided more than $420 million in assistance, more than $220 million is through USAID.

The United States provided 80 percent of all food aid to U.N. World Food Program (WFP) for Afghanistan last fiscal year, and already more than 50 percent this year. The goal is to deliver 300,000 metric tons (MT) of food aid to the people of Afghanistan through the spring. (52,000 MT of food a month will feed approximately six million people.)

Through the International Organization for Migration, we're distributing over 30,000 radios that allow Afghans to hear special broadcast bulletins concerning food distribution, security, health care and other information relevant to displaced people.