IAM is an international Christian organisation serving the people of Afghanistan through capacity building in the sectors of Health and Development.
IAM began work in Afghanistan in 1966 and is the longest continually serving NGO in the country. Currently, in 2017, IAM has projects in six provinces. From our budget, 29% is spent on development, 48% on eye care, 23% on health. IAM’s projects include delivery of eye care and mental health care, training eye care and mental health professionals, community mental health awareness, hydroelectricity, community development, working with disabled persons, teaching English as a second language, and management and leadership training. In 2016, more than 291,000 Afghans were directly helped and more than 4,300 Afghans received training by IAM.
IAM has over 300 paid Afghan staff, and 22 volunteer expatriate Christian professionals from Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. Foreign staff members are required to learn a local language and the normal length of their assignment is three or more years. All IAM expatriate staff serve as volunteers and they are responsible for their own financial support.
IAM’s projects and programmes aim at long term, sustainable development and are focused on innovation. Such innovation is brought about through the partnership of foreign experts, who know the local culture and language and committed Afghan staff. Training and capacity building of Afghans outside of IAM follows successful innovation. Multiplication is achieved through partnership with other NGOs, the commercial sector, and/or the government taking on successful interventions.