BTJ Afghanistan Underground Orphan Network

For the first time, BTJ has started working with orphaned children in Afghanistan like Aisha (not her real name). Aisha has three siblings (pictured) and was left homeless when both of her parents were killed in an earthquake late last year. BTJ provided food and winter clothing for her and her siblings after the earthquake, and shared about the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.

Ali (not his real name) had a similar experience when he and his siblings lost their parents in the same earthquake. Alis only surviving relatives were his grandparents, but they did not have the money to care for three children. They could only give the children water to keep them from feeling hungry,” said one BTJ partner, who is now working with Ali and his siblings. BTJ has come alongside the grandparents to provide food, clothing, and basic care for the children.

Ali and Aisha are not alone. Prior to the earthquake there were many children who were abandoned and left homeless by the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban executed many Afghanis who they considered a threat once they took over, leaving thousands of children without parents.

Back to Jerusalem began the AFGHAN UNDERGROUND ORPHAN NETWORK.

For only $16 USD, you can help support a child for ONE ENTIRE MONTH to have a warm home, food, and a safe bed. Through a wide network of underground Christian believers in Afghanistan, BTJ is able to provide homes, shelter, and love for children located throughout the country. Every month, BTJ sends funds to help these families buy food, clothing, and pay for the schooling of orphaned children who have nowhere else to go.

Through the network, the children are also taught about the salvation of Jesus Christ, which is in direct contrast to the teachings of Islam taught by the Taliban.

Children are the most vulnerable victims of the Taliban regime. According to the Oxford Academic International Health Report, half of all Afghan children under the age of 5 years old are living with acute malnutrition, and at least 1 million children are expected to die of starvation.

Four years ago, there were 68 public orphanages in Afghanistan, but today, only half a dozen are left and they are barely surviving, as many foreign aid organizations have fled and taken their funding with them.

Afghan donors, foreign donors, embassies – when I call them or email them, no one is answering,” reports Ahmad Khali Mayan, program director at an orphanage in Kabul. Mayan, 40, told Reuters news agency at the sprawling Shamsa Childrens Village in the north of the capital that no one is answering his call for help.

Through a network of underground house church believers, BTJ is able to help many of these children to survive.

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