Safe Healing And Learning Spaces To Provide Support For Vulnerable Children in Jalalabad City

International Rescue Committee

Last updated: 12/11/2023


The Child Protection Department of the International Rescue Committee's Afghanistan (IRC-A) has established Safe Healing and Learning Spaces (SHLS) in Betanai village of Jalalabad City in Nangarhar province, to provide access to vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, who are living in conflict and crisis settings. The SHLS is a secure, caring, and expected place where children and adolescents can learn, develop, and be protected.

Each SHLS has at least two classrooms where trained facilitators conduct social-emotional learning (SEL) sessions on a weekly schedule. The SEL curriculum is designed to support children between the ages of 6-11 to cope with stress and build knowledge, attitudes, and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

The IRC-A is working at the community level to ensure access to vulnerable children by establishing SHLS. Through these spaces, children can receive the support they need to overcome the challenges they face in conflict and crisis settings. The SHLS provides a safe space for children to learn and grow, allowing them to develop the skills necessary to cope with stress and build resilience.

The IRC-A's efforts to establish SHLS are a crucial step towards providing support to vulnerable children in Afghanistan. The organization is committed to ensuring that all children have access to education and the opportunity to reach their full potential. With the establishment of SHLS, the IRC-A is making a significant contribution towards achieving this goal.

Accessibility and Additional Information

Qualified individuals and families who need the aforementioned services in Jalalabad City of Nangarhar province, can contact the staff of the IRC. People in need can go to the field office of the International Rescue Committee in this province and ask for help. Also, contact the Information Center by phone and ask their questions regarding these services. The office address, days, and working hours of this office are given below:

International Rescue Committee Address: House # 514, Street # 2, Zone # 2, Behind Mia Omar High School Jalalabad City 

Service time: every week from Sunday to Thursday from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.

Information Center: People who need humanitarian services can ask via the "Beporsed" website, WhatsApp number (0729807235), or Facebook Messenger online platform to get information and answers to their questions. The "Bepbersed" team provides information online to those in need of humanitarian services of international organizations and, if necessary, refers the needy to the relevant departments to receive and access the services.

Key Points

·        An appointment is required to provide and discover this service;

·        This service is officially closed on holidays;

·        The services are completely free;

·        The place or building where this service is provided has suitable facilities and is accessible to all clients;

·        The building does not have an elevator to move clients, but the employees are ready to help you in this office;

·        People who cannot hear and speak, are informed and understood in sign language;

·        In addition to men, there are also female employees as part of the team to serve you;

·        The men's and women's restrooms are separate and accessible to all clients;

·        These services are provided in Pashto, Dari, and English languages.

Note: To know the exact location of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) office on Google Maps, click on the following address:


House # 514, Street # 2, Zone # 2, Behind Mia Omar High School Jalalabad City