UNICEF works to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of children and women in Afghanistan. Since 1949, we have been bringing basic services, including education, health, nutrition, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene to those who are most in need, addressing inequities in each of these areas. UNICEF also provides humanitarian assistance during emergencies. Conflict and frequent natural disasters like flooding, avalanches and earthquakes take a devastating toll on the children and families of Afghanistan. We help provide children affected by emergencies with psychosocial support, safe water and adequate sanitation, child-friendly spaces for education and recreation, and other basic health, nutrition and protection services needed in the wake of a disaster. We also provide 'winter kits' (blankets, warm clothes, tarpaulins, among others) to children and families during the bitterly cold Afghan winter.