Future at stake for Kabul orphanage

Ever since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, many girls have been forced to remain at home while their brothers go to school.

But nine-year old orphan Samira attends classes every day at her orphanage in Kabul.

Her dream is to grow up and one day help others.

"My father has died. I want to become a doctor in the future, I want to serve my homeland and save others from diseases."

But there's a big problem. With Afghanistan facing a currency crisis after the chaotic pullout of Western forces, the orphanage is running out of funding... and food.

It's called Shamsa Children's Village, and it houses 130 children aged three and upwards, giving shelter for those who have lost both parents, or whose family cannot afford to support them.

Ahmad Khalil Mayan is program director at the Children's Village.

He's been desperately calling and emailing donors who supported him before.

"We don't have enough funding, donation is unfortunately at zero level. Bank operations are very limited. They are providing just 200 dollars per week, so such a big project cannot be run by 200 dollars, as you see the whole project, it's not possible for us, and we are facing problems providing foods and other necessary items for these children."

Orphanages play a large role in Afghanistan, where tens of thousands have been killed in wars over the last four decades.

The closure of the Children's Village could have a devastating impact on children like Samira, who receive education and shelter.

The ruling Taliban has urged Western governments to resume aid donations.

Some are demanding the group guarantees basic civil freedoms - one of which is allowing girls to attend secondary school.

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