Friends, I have been deeply troubled since the news about the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan broke. While the subject of how/why everything went as it did (as well as American responsibility) is a something that should absolutely be discussed, right now, I want to share some organizations we can support to help the thousands who are facing emergency. Here’s how to help Afghanistan:
You can donate airline miles, credit card points, and money to fund someone’s flight. Miles4Migrants is using your donation to help those legally able to leave the country do so.
While many flights have been cancelled, Miles4Migrants is monitoring the situation so that they can move people out of the country as soon as possible. Here’s their update on the current situation and here’s where you can donate.
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
You can help refugees navigate life in America by volunteering services like airport pickup, apartment set-up, meals, and more. Here’s a list of the current areas where people are being resettled. Don’t see your city? LIRS wants to be prepared, so feel free to put yourself on the general stand-by list.
Additionally, if you are unable to volunteer time, you can donate funds which will go towards food, housing assistance, clothing, and other basic needs through the Neighbors in Need fund.
International Rescue Committee
Fill out this pre-written form to email the White House and petition the president to quickly aid the country. Just fill in your name, phone number, email, and address.
You can also donate to provide water, health services, clothing, and more.
Doctors Without Borders
MSF/Doctors Without Borders is continuing to provide medical services despite the turmoil. This includes maternal care, serving the displaced, emergency aid, and fighting COVID-19. You can donate here.
Women for Women International
Women for Women works to equip women with essential life skills and to know and defend their rights. Right now, they are focusing on adapting their services to the evolving situation, and regular programs are on pause. Get updates on their Instagram and donate here.
Transformed Hope is a café in Paris run by Erika Jale and her husband, who is an Afghan refugee who immigrated to France. At the café, refugees can take French classes and receive administrative help, such as crafting resumés, translation services, and legal counsel. You can donate here or select them as your charitable organization through Amazon Smile.