Project Profile: Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Saving Lives and Preparing Communities for Future Disasters through Emergency Planning

Emergency Water Grants in Afghanistan | 2015–2017

Afghanistan is extremely prone to disasters, both natural and man-made. When disaster strikes, one of the most urgent tasks for emergency responders is to restore access to safe drinking water. Clean water staves off waterborne disease outbreaks, such as cholera, that often follow crises. 

To help those living in vulnerable conditions affected by the unprecedented flooding between 2014 and 2015, USAID partnered with UNICEF, the French NGO ACTED, and the Dutch relief organization ZOA to provide emergency water, hygiene, and sanitation in the hardest hit areas. Together the partners rehabilitated damaged wells, constructed new wells, erected latrines, and provided instruction on proper hygiene. To prepare communities for the future, emergency supplies were prepositioned in areas where future emergencies were likely to occur.


This project profile appears in the USAID Global Water and Development Report.