The Welfare Association for the development of Afghanistan

WADAN Facilitates Education Access For Children in Remote Areas Across Afghanistan

About Us

The Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan​


Established in August 2002, The Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan (WADAN) is an indigenous Afghan government registered NGO that envisions a peaceful, educated, drug free, democratic, developed and prosperous Afghanistan. Our mission is to advance the spread of democratic principles, development, social justice, human rights, and freedom; and to strengthen communities and local governance by promoting effective community and institutional development practices and drug control initiatives. We undertake community and institutional development, civic education, education and drug control initiatives in cooperation with government ministries, the beneficiaries, Community Development Organizations (CDO’s) and other stakeholders. Based in Kabul, with 2,141 full time staff members that include 777 women, we have offices in Badakhshan, Farah, Kabul, Kandahar, Herat, Laghman, Balkh, Jowzjan and Nangarhar, which also cover adjacent provinces. We have worked in all 34 provinces and 360 districts and have national coverage. 

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See our mission, values and vision

A peaceful, drug free, democratic, developed and prosperous Afghanistan.

To spread democratic principles, social justice, and human rights, and to strengthen communities and local governance by promoting effective community and institutional development practices and drug control initiatives.

Our core values are integrity, professionalism, and respect for diversity. We put people first – the needs of people. We go wherever we are needed and get the job done

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Message from the Founder

Over the span of 22 years, WADAN has been steadfast in its mission, tirelessly working across multiple sectors in Afghanistan. Our unwavering dedication has enabled us to offer a diverse range of essential services to those most vulnerable, addressing critical needs in financial support, education, healthcare, shelter, livelihood, and beyond.

Our pledge remains resolute: to continually stand by the side of Afghanistan’s neediest individuals. We recognize the profound challenges faced by communities affected by various adversities, and our commitment to making a tangible, lasting difference remains unwavering.

With a deep sense of responsibility and compassion, we vow to persistently contribute to the welfare of Afghanistan’s populace, striving to alleviate their hardships and empower them toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

Together, let us forge ahead, united in our pursuit to serve, uplift, and bring hope to those who need it most.

What We Do


Education is one of most significant thematic area of WADAN where we provide educational resources to the most marginalized and vulnerable students in the far-flung areas of the country. WADAN is engaged in the education sector since the last 12 years and is a member of the National Education Cluster and Education Strategic Thematic Working Group. WADAN renders its educational projects across the country in alignment with Community Based Education initiative.


We operate across diverse sectors, with a primary focus on bolstering healthcare, where our efforts in the health domain hold immense significance. Among our projects, the Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) initiative stands out, actively implemented across multiple provinces. This pivotal program not only extends essential health facilities but also plays a pivotal role in curbing drug addiction by focusing on prevention strategies.

Community Development

Community development is the foremost thematic area where WADAN dispense its vital interventions by engaging the communities at large. WADAN build the of beneficiaries and provide an in-depth insight to the market landscape through inclusive project designs which ensures the well-being of the target groups in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Emergency Response

WADAN plays a pivotal role in emergency response efforts, proactively addressing crises by extending comprehensive support to affected communities. Our commitment encompasses the provision of crucial necessities, such as food supplies, financial assistance, and hygiene resources.

Social Protection

WADAN has been actively involved in social protection initiatives, diligently offering livelihood and life support to the affected and vulnerable Afghan population through various financial and comprehensive means. Our commitment extends beyond immediate assistance, aiming to create sustainable pathways for individuals to rebuild their lives and enhance their overall well-being.

Latest News & Stories

Shaima Hosaini

The Owner of Bag Making Workshop

Shaima Hosaini daughter of Issa originality from Bamyan who displayed from Bamyan province to Herat 10 years ago. She lives in Jebrail District with her parents and five siblings, three sisters and two brothers.

Abdul Karim

An IDP-Returnee displaced person from conflict

Abdul Karim 64 years old an IDP-Returnee displaced person from conflict. Who is displaced from Safian, Lashkargah district to Hazar Asp area of Nawa district last two years ago and return back to the place of origin Safian.


A Second Grade Student

Nine-year-old Beheshta, from Mahal Mahbas Village, Baharak District in Badakhshan is a second grade student at the community based school there. Beheshta’s teacher noticed this bright child was suffering and seemed constantly in distress.

Meet the team

Mohammad Nasib


Rahmatullah Mamond

Managing Director

Jean Kissel

Executive Officer

What Our Beneficiaries Say

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Khalil Farmer

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Usman Malak

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Shehryar Teacher

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