This international nonprofit organization (four stars on Charity Navigator), which helps connect donors to locally led nonprofits providing aid around the world, recently set up an Afghanistan Emergency Fund. They aim to raise $3 million in donations for “vetted organizations that are local to impacted areas.” The money will go towards emergency relief for people in need, support for local activists and journalists, and meeting “other emerging needs during this rapidly changing situation,” according to GlobalGiving.
This organization provides financial, social, caregiving, and educational support to Afghan children living with disabilities, many of whom are orphaned or abandoned. The nonprofit is currently raising money to give emergency support to families living in makeshift camps in the Kabul area after being forced to flee their homes, as well as children without families. To avoid redundant efforts, volunteers and staff on the ground will collaborate with other groups providing relief.
The U.S. branch (three stars on Charity Navigator) of international aid and development nonprofit Islamic Relief has staff on the ground helping displaced families in the Kabul, Balkh, Herat, and Nangarhar provinces. Donations to their Afghanistan emergency fund will go towards essentials like food, water storage, hygiene kits, cooking utensils, solar lamps, towels, soap, and family-sized emergency tents.
This nonprofit’s (three stars on Charity Navigator) mission is to socially and economically empower women survivors of war and conflict in eight countries. Their Afghanistan emergency fund will help provide emergency aid (such as hygiene kits) to Afghan women during a time of violence and “grave uncertainty.”
2. Volunteer to help resettle refugees here in the U.S.
Afghan refugees let into the U.S. will be coming into the Washington, D.C.; Houston and Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle/Tacoma, Washington, areas, as NPR reports. National and local organizations that help resettle refugees need help with the logistics and funds that this crucial work entails. You can Google and call or email refugee service organizations in your region to see what kind of assistance they most need right now. Here are some places to start.
This nonprofit (four stars on Charity Navigator) is enlisting volunteers in all four regions to assist with things like picking people up at the airport, setting up apartments, and providing meals. Folks can sign up with regional offices to help in their area where refugees are currently arriving. You can also join a general volunteering stand-by list in other regions to help prepare for resettling refugees that may end up there.
This organization supports refugees and immigrants in the D.C./Maryland area by providing housing, household necessities, employment assistance, and more. They are asking for help supporting Afghan refugees through financial support and donations via an Amazon wishlist. They also need volunteers to help with things like moving furniture and setting up apartments (if you are local) and providing mentorship (local or via Zoom).
Church World Service (four stars on Charity Navigator) has 23 refugee and immigration offices in 17 states that help new arrivals get settled, become a part of the local community, and find work. You can give the organization monetary support, or volunteer your resources and time to help sponsor and resettle families locally. Volunteers may do things like make culturally appropriate welcome meals, provide English tutoring, take people to medical appointments, and more.