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DHSA has been a trusted implementing partner of over 300 internationally-funded projects because of our institutional knowledge and exemplary project management record in humanitarian services across Afghanistan. Some of the milestones we are most proud of in this area are: 

1993: DHSA partnered with World Food Programme (WFP) for projects related to the Nutrition and Food Security clusters across Afghanistan.

1994-1997: DHSA founder, Shahir Zahine, was the field coordinator of the Kabul Emergency Programme, a coordination mechanism among seven organizations, including DHSA, to provide essential services to the capital during the civil war. These services included WASH programs, such as collecting garbage and running the water supply, running a surgical hospital and a children’s hospital, and giving food items to 3000 IDPs. 

1999-2004: DHSA was one of the participating NGOs in a bakery project, which supported a total of 400,000 beneficiaries in Kabul, Mazar, and Herat. DHSA supported 80,000 beneficiaries who were experiencing acute hunger. Beneficiaries had a card they could use at allocated bakeries to receive two loaves per family member daily.  

2001-2014: DHSA acted as UNHCR’s leading implementing partner in Northern Afghanistan for humanitarian and development projects, including winterization assistance, cash for work (CFW), and construction of water reservoirs, schools, shelters, and water wells. 

2017: DHSA started its partnership with CARE International for Afghanistan Joint Response (AFJR) and AFJR-II projects in Laghman and Nangarhar province to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance.

2018: DHSA was designated as an eligible organization by UNOCHA to receive funding under the Afghanistan Humanitarian Fund (AHF). 

2020: DHSA extended its partnership with Care Afghanistan for the Recovery, Reintegration, and Resilience (R3) Programme.


2021-current: DHSA is implementing a life-saving humanitarian assistance project in partnership with CARITAS Germany, funded by the German Federal Foreign Office to assist the internally displaced, returnees, and host communities of Kandahar province.