Reg. Charity No: 20026660 – (CHY10477)
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What are SAFE's Aims?

  • To support rehabilitation and sustainable development work.

  • To respond to emergency appeals where possible.

  • To raise awareness at home about Afghanistan.

What are SAFE's Objectives?

  • To promote, encourage, and advance the education of Afghans.

  • To relieve poverty and distress for Afghans.

  • To assist the Afghans in the rehabilitation of their economy by implementing and establishing sustainable development projects of lasting benefit for the Afghan community.

Development assistance is designed to address poverty and promote sustainable economic growth and development.


“The people we seek to serve are the people in the rural villages in Afghanistan: those whose voice is seldom heard and who have had little opportunity to seek a better life elsewhere.”

U-Hadi Khan and his Damboura


How long has SAFE existed?

SAFE was founded in 1990 and established as a non-profit Charity CHY10477, by Trust Deed, in October 1992. 

From its foundation in 1990, SAFE, at the request of the Afghan Development Association, helped 25 Afghan refugee students (24 male, 1 female) to study at third level, initially in Peshawar University and the Khyber Medical College-NWFP of Pakistan, by providing scholarships covering all their fees and books.

            From 1993 onwards, apart from fulfilling our obligations to the students, our assistance has been entirely within Afghanistan. SAFE has funded and co-funded projects in 12 provinces of Afghanistan:


Badakshan, Balkh, Bamyan, Daikondi, Farah, Kabul, Kandahar, Logar, Nangarhar, Parwan, Uruzgan and Wardak, and emergency aid to CTC refugee camp in Herat.


The Chairman has paid several visits to Jalozi and New Shamshatoo Refugee camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the formerly named NWFP, and has visited six camps in Herat for Internally Displaced People (IDPs).

In 2002 he further visited Shalman 1 & 2 Refugee Camps on the Afghan/Pakistan border to evaluate aid funded by Bishops Appeal. All the camps were usually sited in bleak and barren areas and where water had to be brought in by tankers twice a day.

What kind of aid has SAFE provided?

From 1990, SAFE has been involved in Primary, Secondary, and Third level Education and Education support, Basic Veterinary training, Emergency Assistance in Housing Rehabilitation and Sanitation, Refugee Relief, Agriculture, Integrated Rural Development schemes, Vocational Training, Female Literacy, Construction of Primary Schools and a Health Clinic, Health Education and Traditional Birth Attendant Training, and support to the first Solar electricity scheme in Afghanistan, a Micro-hydro electricity generating plant, two Water Supply schemes, and Shahidan Clinic Compound, flower beds, greenery and playground project for patients,

relatives and children, a 2.2M surrounding wall for the Clinic in 2013, successful Beekeeping training for 18 couples in Saighan villages in ’14-’15 and replicating the project in additional villages 2016-2017.


(Post 2005 earthquake): SAFE also funded, in 2008-’09, the construction of a 10 roomed pre-fabricated Primary School in Joodbah Village, Basikhel, Kala Dhaka.


In November 2005, after visiting the severe October earthquake stricken areas, SAFE provided funding for emergency relief items in Balakot, Muzzafarabad, Alai and Mansehra, in N. Pakistan, following up with funding the re-commencement of education in three Primary schools in 2006 and a further three schools in 2007, in Kala Dhaka (The Black Mountain) Frontier region.

Who distributes the assistance aid?

SAFE has had a successful and rewarding partnership with CAWC for the past 13 years and, before that, with nine professional and accountable Afghan NGOs who have implemented its projects in Afghanistan. SAFE considers working with an Afghan NGO to be one of its highest priorities

Reporting on SAFE Projects

SAFE receives detailed interim and final narratives together with interim and full final financial reports on all its projects. These in turn are submitted by SAFE to its Donors / Funding bodies, and are available on CD to the general public, if requested. The Chairman of SAFE has travelled annually to Afghanistan to monitor the progress, quality and impact of its programmes.



ADA:                Afghan Development Association

AREA:             Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan

AWSDC:         Afghan Women Skills Development Centre

CCA:               Cooperation Centre for Afghanistan

CoAR:             Coordination of Afghan Relief

CAWC:            Central Afghanistan Welfare Committee

GRSP:             Ghazni Rural Support Programme

ODC:               Organisation for Development Co-ordination

RRAA:             Rural Rehabilitation Association for Afghanistan

SDO:                Sanyee Development Organisation

The SAFE Board of Trustees is as Follows:


Terence G.K. O'Malley (Chairman)

Terence O. Read (Founder)

Peter Read

David O'Morchoe (The O'Morchoe) CB, CBE, KJL.

Eamonn Lawlor

Brian Hamilton-Rodgers


PTRO: Peace Training and Research Organization

BAAG: British & Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group

ACBAR: Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief

CPAU: Cooperation for Peace & Unity

Frontline Defenders:

AIHRC: Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission