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CAMPAIGN DAY ONE

WAR TORN AFGHANISTAN CONTINUES TO RECEIVE RED


CROSS SUPPORT - YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE
For over 25 years, millions of Afghans
have suffered the devastating humanitarian
consequences of armed conflict. Millions
live in fear for their lives and for the future
of their children.

health and gainful employment. Without


marketable skills and adequate income,
these individuals are forced into poverty
and are unable to provide for their families.
Despite their best efforts, they need help.

Afghanistan remains one of the worlds


poorest countries. Widespread poverty and
a breakdown of the countrys infrastructure
have left thousands of people without
access to even the most basic supplies and
services. Families are in desperate need of
basic assistance such as food, clean water,
sanitation and health care.

Your commitment to spend less for just a


few days will help change lives forever.
With your help the Canadian Red Cross
will provide training to prepare Afghan
widows and wounded for employment. This
program will enable Afghans to provide for
their own needs.

Afghan widows and wounded are two


groups that face extreme barriers to safety,

OVER THE NEXT TEN DAYS YOU


WILL LEARN ABOUT

War

Cluster Munitions & Explosive


Remnants of War

Amputees & Widows of War

Red Cross work in Afghanistan

How you can make a difference

Thank you for taking the DOLLAR


A DAY challenge. You are helping
to end the cycle of poverty.

AFGHANISTAN AT
A QUICK GLANCE
Population: 29,929,000
Capital:Kabul; 2,956,000
Area: 652,090 km square
Religion: Sunni and
Shiite Muslim
Currency: afghani
Life Expectancy: 46
Language: Pashtu, Afghan Persian (Dari), Uzbek,
Turkmen, 30 minor langauges
GDP per Capita: U.S. $700
Literacy Percent: 36
For more information visit National Geographic

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY TWO

WHAT IS WAR?
War can be defined in a variety of ways.
War: strife usually between nations conducted
by force; state of open hostility and suspension of
ordinary international law prevalent during such
strife (Oxford Concise Dictionary)
International Humanitarian Law divides the definition of war into two categories- international armed
conflict and non-international armed conflict.
International armed conflict is characterized as war
between two or more States, where there is a clear
border dividing these States.
Non-international armed conflict happens between
opposing groups within a single country.
Both of these types of conflict are considered war
in international law, and both are governed by the
rules of international humanitarian law.

MAHESH, SRI LANKA - THE WAR


AFFECTS US DIRECTLY AND
INDIRECTLY . . . WHATEVER WE
DO, WHEREVER WE GO, IT IS WITH
US. WE CANNOT ESCAPE FROM
ITS REACH. LIKE A RUBBER BALL
PUSHED UNDER WATER, IT WILL
SURFACE AGAIN AND AGAIN.

A WOMANS PERSPECTIVE
WAR IS DESTRUCTION . . .
OUR CHILDREN ARE LOST . . .
OUR HUSBANDS GONE . . .
WE HAVE NOTHING . . .
OUR HOUSES DESTROYED . . .
WHAT MORE CAN I DESCRIBE?

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE


ARE RULES OF WAR?

CHECK OUT THIS RED CROSS LINK


TO LEARN MORE.

EVEN WARS HAVE LIMITS WEBSITE


EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY THREE

ESTIMATED OVER 1.5 MILLION WIDOWS IN AFGHANISTAN

VIDEO LINKS TO
CHECK OUT
ICRC Women facing war:
Qualam
ICRC Women facing war:
Efrat
ICRC Women Facing War:
Sarah

WHY ARE WOMEN CONSIDERED


VULNERABLE IN WAR?
Afghan women are showing considerable strength and
determination. Here are just a few of the challenges they face.
Pregnancy and Motherhood - Women are left to care for their
children, often without the income or security provided from their
husbands. This challenges their ability to access housing, food,
clothing, health care and education.
Socio-Economic Factors - Women still face discrimination
in Afghanistan. They do not have equal access to training or
employment. It is estimated that over 90% of widows are unable
to read or write.

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY FOUR

WAR LEAVES AN ESTIMATED 40,000 AFGHAN LIMB AMPUTEES

War kills and wounds people, denies them access to medical facilities and can destroy an entire the health
system. Its victims are not just combatants, but civilians caught up in the fighting, hurt during bombardments,
or struck by weapons such as landmines.
Every month 60 people are killed or maimed by landmines or explosive remnants of war in
Afghanistan. Injuries from landmines over the last 25 years have left an estimated 100,000 or more Afghan
people handicapped. It is estimated that over 800,000 people are currently living with mobility impairments of
which approximately 40,000 are limb amputees. The numbers are huge and increasing in a country not yet at
peace and struggling to leave 30 years of war behind.
Once immediate health needs are met victims will need support in rebuilding their lives. Often, stigma
surrounding amputees create challenges in securing employment and re-integrating back into society.
Supports are necessary to ensure that the disabled have the means necessary to support their families and
return to their daily activities such as returning to school.

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY FIVE

MORE ABOUT EXPLOSIVE REMNANTS OF WAR


Landmine Quick Facts

Most landmines are designed to maim, not kill.


Mines cannot tell the difference between the
footsteps of a child and those of a soldier.
Landmines continue to find victims long
after the end of an armed conflict. In Russia,
for example, landmines from World War II
continue to injure or kill civilians.
Landmines are particularly inhumane weapons
and the harm they cause is excessive. Mine
injuries maim victims for life and require two
to six times more blood transfusions during
surgery than other war injuries.
Landmines hinder a countrys development
and cause a variety of medical, social and
economic issues.

Landmine Statistics

75 per cent of mine victims are civilians.


A single landmine can cost between $3 to $30
US dollars (USD).
It can cost anywhere from $300 to $1000 USD
to remove a mine.
Over 160 million landmines are stored in
stockpiles.
Landmines affect approximately 80 countries.
Afghanistan is still included in a list of the
worst affected.
In 2006, 5,751 casualties were reported in 68
countries and areas, 16% less than 2005; Data
collection is inadequate or non-existent in 64
of 68 countries with recorded casualties.
Over 450 square kilometers of contaminated
land was cleared in 2006.

THERE IS MUCH MORE TO


LEARN. CLICK ON THE
FOLLOWING LINKS:
MINES ACTION CANADA
RED CROSS RESOURCES AND
VIDEOS ON LANDMINES
A LANDMINE SURVIVOR STORY
FROM AFGHANISTAN

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY SIX

MEDICAL HELP AND


REHABILITATION TO INJURED AFGHANS
Did you know that the International Committee of
the Red Cross has been helping care for the medical
needs of the physically disabled in Afghanistan? At the
CRC Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul every man, woman
and child share not only a common burden of disability,
but commitment to overcoming it.
The ICRC directly manages six centres and supports
four prosthetic workshops, providing raw materials, staff
training and technical assistance. More than 90,000
disabled Afghans have been assisted through the
Orthopaedic Program. Today, this program is the
ICRCs largest activity in Afghanistan.

AFGHAN AMPUTEES CONTINUE TO FACE


BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT
The main obstacles to the socio-economic integration of mine
survivors and other persons with disabilities in Afghanistan include:

the poor economic condition of the country & extreme poverty;


cultural background concerning the position of women
architectural & natural barriers;
limited education & lack of marketable skills
lack of training opportunities suitable for the type of disability;
lack of transportation;
social prejudices & ignorance against disability;
lack of legislation & advocacy in favor of people with a disability;
lack of funding to ensure sustainability of programs.

CHECK OUT 101 GREAT IDEAS FOR THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC


REINTEGRATION OF MINE SURVIVORS

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE

CAMPAIGN DAY SEVEN

EVERY DOLLAR YOU RAISE WILL


GO TOWARDS SUPPORTING THE
LIVELIHOODS PROGRAM.
How does Livelihood training make a
difference?
Despite all odds, the widows and wounded of Afghanistan are doing
their best to provide for their families. But they cant do it alone.
That is why the Red Cross is stepping in to help.
For the past decade, the Afghan Red Crescent has been running
livelihood training programs in vulnerable communities. These
programs provide necessary skills training to ensure people
have the skills and employment resources necessary to support
themselves and their families. To help end the cycle of poverty, the
Canadian Red Cross is partnering with the Afghan Red Crescent to
provide this education to the widows and wounded of Afghanistan.
Courses will include embroidery, tailoring, cooking,
confectionery and secretarial training. A starter kit of basic
materials will be provided to all who complete their training
and graduates will be assisted in securing employment.
Empowering people to help themselves is vital to the future of
Afghanistan. By supporting people in securing a sustainable income
we are helping families become healthy and strong. These families
will then have the means to provide access to education for their
own children thus strengthening the next generation and ending the
cycle of poverty.

YOUR COMMITMENT WILL CHANGE LIVES.

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE

CAMPAIGN DAY EIGHT

YOUR SUPPORT WILL CHANGE THE FACE OF


AFGHANISTAN - DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR

PRICE SHEET

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY NINE

POSSIBLE PROMOTION OF HIP PROGRAM


INFORMATION ON GETTING MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR
COMMUNITY

EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.

CAMPAIGN DAY TEN

IN JUST 10 DAYS YOUVE HELPED


END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
We no longer have any choice in the matter...
Every human being is already a global citizen.
Our only real choice is what kind of global citizen
each of us will be.
For the last 10 days you have taken the challenge to
spend no more than a DOLLAR A DAY.
Every day, thousands of widows and wounded in
Afghanistan face the challenge of surviving on on less
than a DOLLAR A DAY.
YOUNG GIRL WHO LOST HER TWO FEET IN
A MINE ACCIDENT WHEN SHE WAS JUST
A TODDLER. SHE HAS LEARNT TO LIVE
WITH TWO PLASTIC FEET. YOUR HELP
GIVES HER HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.

By participating in the DOLLAR A DAY campaign


you have made a difference on a global scale. Your
partnership with the Canadian Red Cross will bring
education, job training and vocational supplies to
Afghan widows and wounded.

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EVERY DAY AFGHAN WIDOWS AND WOUNDED STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE EXTREME POVERTY BROUGHT
ON BY WAR. BY SPENDING NO MORE THAN A DOLLAR A DAY YOU CAN TAKE ACTION AS A GLOBAL
CITIZEN AND HELP END THE CYCLE OF POVERTY IN AFGHANISTAN. TAKE THE CHALLENGE.