Caritas Continues Aid to Afghan People Amid Ongoing Strife

ROME, SEPT. 10, 2002 ( Caritas, the Catholic Church’s international aid organization, continues its assistance to Afghanistan, despite the Sept. 5 attack that left 20 dead in Kabul.

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Duncan McLaren, secretary-general of Caritas International, said the group plans to reinforce its security norms following last week’s attack. Reports on the relief work will be posted at

In particular, Caritas is implementing programs for the integral rehabilitation of the provinces of Kabul, Uruzgan and Parwan.

It promotes programs for the generation of income, including basic formation for the unemployed and professional formation in the province of Kandahar; the distribution of seeds and fertilizers to 4,000 farmers in the south; and a program of micro-credits and work tools in the province of Balkh.

There are also vocational courses for orphans in Kabul; installation of solar plates and radios in four areas of the provinces of Wardak and Ghazni; and a program of «water and salary for work» for 30,000 families in various areas.

Its educational programs include night courses for 6,000 girls in Kabul.

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