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afghans for Afghans is a humanitarian and educational people-to-people project that sends hand-knit and crocheted blankets and sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, and socks to the beleaguered people of Afghanistan.

This grassroots effort is inspired by Red Cross volunteers who made afghans, socks, slippers, and other items for soldiers and refugees during World Wars I and II and other times of crisis and need. Read about the Red Cross knitting tradition.

From American hands and hearts
Mark Wunderlich, Provincetown, MA

Your gift of a handmade blanket or garment will bring comfort and warmth to Afghan women, men, and children who continue to suffer from oppression, war, hunger, poverty, and sickness. Your lovingly made gifts will send a message of concern and hope to our fellow humans on the other side of the globe. Your participation is important.

Three ways that you can help get the word out

#1 Forward this page to a friend who knits or crochets

#2 Download and print our PDF flyer for posting at your local yarn shop and community places, as well as for sharing with guild members.

#3 Add one of our banners to your site.


Knit our Fulled Afghan Bag, Tulip Socks, Afghan Mittens, Afghan Socks, Friday Mosque at Herat Sweater, and Men's Vest for your own family.

Your purchase supports afghans for Afghans and women's literacy classes in Kabul.

How to purchase patterns  


Click here to find out how to make a contribution and receive
your gift of a downloadable PDF Notecard
of Afghan schoolgirls wearing our wool gifts.

Click here to find out how to make a contribution and
receive your In-VEST for Peace Tote Bag gift.

In-VEST for Peace Art

Original In-VEST for Peace art by Rosemary Hill
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Update: 2016 campaign completed and delivered. As of February 2018, no new campaign planned. Please check back for updates. Thank you!

See our news videos:
2009 Shawl-Tea in Kabul for Women MPs!


Afghan child wears hat
knitted by Missy McIver of Columbia, SC
American Friends Service Committee volunteers loading blankets headed overseas in January 2002
American Friends Service Committee volunteers loading blankets headed overseas in January 2002  

We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets and garments to suffering Afghans. Our partners have included Trust in Education, Church World Service, Help the Afghan Children, Afghan Friends Network, Aschiana, Afghans 4 Tomorrow, CURE Hospital, Roots of Peace, Airline Ambassadors, International Orphan Care, Afghan Relief Organization, World Concern, and Mobile Mini Circus for Children. This project is a partnership with the American Friends Service Committee, which has organized humanitarian missions for more than 80 years.

Many thanks

Our appreciation to all who have kindly sent in handmade blankets and garments since December 2001. Please enjoy this letter of acknowledgment from the Afghan Embassy. As an expression of our thanks, please partake of Vanna White's "Vanna's Choice" crochet afghan pattern, a gift to you. The kids say it best ! Thank you for caring and taking action.



Anna models sweater knit by Beth, Philadelphia, PA

Displaced Afghan family
Photo by World Concern
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Your support helps sustain this project. The Peace Development Fund is our fiscal sponsor. Checks made to the "Peace Development Fund" are tax-deductible. Or, you can make a donation online through the Peace Development Funds's secure donation page.

At AFSC on 9th Street in San Francisco, Ann and Sharon loading cartons packed with handknits for school girls in Trust in Education programs, 2013

We love our wool socks! Photo by Marsha MacColl,
board member of Afghans 4 Tomorrow, 2007

Purchase our postcard featuring school girls receiving our wool socks!



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