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How You Can Help Afghan Refugees

STARZ24 stands in solidarity at the on-going international crisis in Kabul. We send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those lost. 

Tens of thousands of people are fleeing Afghanistan and there is an urgent need for aid. Afghans who are arriving in the U.S. will be coming to the Washington, D.C., area; Houston and Fort Worth, Texas; and Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.¹

Afghan refugees experience tremendous challenges not just leaving their homes, but rebuilding their lives in the United States. 

We have compiled a list of these philanthropic organizations that are helping in which you can assist:

Catholic Charities Of Atlanta
https://catholiccharitiesatlanta.org/

Catholic Charities Atlanta provides transformative services that enable families to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency. We value the dignity and uniqueness of each person and strive to provide compassionate service, advocating for social justice and building partnerships with the community, including the Archdiocese and its parishes. We provide a holistic combination of accredited social services that remove barriers to self-sufficiency and wholeness. We tailor our services for the unique circumstances of the people we serve.

Church World Service
https://cwsglobal.org/

Church World Service was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” The mission: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. More than 65 years later the mission remains, though where and how we accomplish it has changed dramatically. Church World Service is a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster.

Committee To Protect Journalists
http://cpj.org/

Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For 30+ years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom. The Committee to Protect Journalists promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Founded in 1981, CPJ takes action when journalists are censored, jailed, kidnapped, or killed for their work, without regard to political ideology. In its defense of journalists, CPJ protects the rights of all people to access independent sources of information – an essential part of a free society.

Global Giving Foundation
https://www.globalgiving.org/

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country around the world. We make it possible for nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) to access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place. — Disaster Relief — In the aftermath of a major disaster, you can be sure GlobalGiving will be there to connect you to vetted, locally driven organizations that will remain on the job for the long haul. Even though the news has stopped covering the earthquakes in Nepal, the West African Ebola outbreak, or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, our local partners are still hard at work driving recovery. When you support disaster relief through GlobalGiving you’ll receive regular updates and see how your money is put to work rebuilding communities.

International Medical Corps
https://internationalmedicalcorps.org/

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

International Rescue Committee
http://www.rescue.org/

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. We commit to stay as long as we are needed, helping survivors to heal, recover and rebuild their communities to be stronger, more stable and more democratic. In the United States, the IRC has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees thrive in the country that gave them sanctuary and a new beginning. The IRC is consistently awarded top marks by charity watchdog groups for our efficient use of donor contributions and the effectiveness of our work. Of every $1 the IRC spends, more than 90¢ goes to programs and services that directly benefit people affected by the crisis.

Jewish Family & Childrens Services Of The East Bay
https://jfcs-eastbay.org/

Rooted in Jewish values and historical experiences, and inspired by the strengths of the diverse communities we serve, JFCS East Bay promotes the well-being of individuals and families by providing essential mental health and social services through every stage of life.

Lutheran Immigration And Refugee Service | LIRS
https://www.lirs.org/

Our legacy of compassionate service has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who have found safety and hope in America’s communities. Our history reflects American Lutherans’ deep immigrant roots and passionate commitment to welcoming newcomers, especially those who are most in need. Through the Long Welcome, we help ensure that refugees and migrants are protected, embraced and empowered in a world of just and welcoming communities.

Lutheran Social Services Of The National Capital Area Inc
https://lssnca.org/

OUR MISSION Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) walks with those in need and mobilizes community partners to provide services that offer hope and rebuild lives. OUR CORE VALUES We believe in the power of collaboration because we know that working together yields inspiring results. We respect diverse perspectives because varied viewpoints foster creative thinking and growth. We encourage unconventional thinking because we know our creativity and ingenuity can help us translate ambitions into reality. We stand on our integrity because we acknowledge that trust and respect enable us to meet and exceed the expectations of our donors. We embrace responsibility because we have a profound sense of commitment to our clients, colleagues, and the world around us. We commit to client partnerships because we are passionate about building strong connections that fuel our shared success. We take pride in our people because our employees are the core of our success.

Mercy Corps
https://www.mercycorps.org/

We are a global organization, 4,000 strong, powered by the belief that a better world is possible. We help people survive and get back on their feet when natural disaster strikes, economies collapse or conflict erupts. And where there are chronic threats to peace and progress, we partner with communities to overcome obstacles and thrive. We live and work in more than 40 countries facing the world’s toughest challenges. We have no political or religious agenda. For more than three decades, we’ve learned and grown alongside extraordinary people—more than 190 million individuals who understand their own needs better than anyone else. Our experience shows they are best able to strengthen their communities from within. In everything we do, we look for moments of transition to connect people to resources and expertise that can catalyze transformative change. Together with our partners we are realizing incredible impact. By linking big ideas, bold action and local insights, we can change the world.

Miles4Migrants
https://miles4migrants.org/

Miles4Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, and cash to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster reunite with loved ones and start new beginnings in safe homes.

No One Left Behind
https://nooneleft.org/

No One Left Behind is the only nationwide nonprofit committed to ensuring that America keeps its promise to our allies and their families who risked their lives for our freedom, just like Janis Shinwari who saved 5 American soldiers. Sadly, we have recorded over 300 interpreters and their family members killed because of their association with the United States. We keep our nation’s promise by trying to fix the State Department’s 14-step SIV process with it’s 3.5 year wait time and by providing emergency financial aid and used vehicles to newly arrived interpreters. Last year we helped 636 SIV families in 93 cities in 20 states with over $430,000, but for every family we could help, we had 4 more waiting.

Refugee Services Of Texas
https://www.rstx.org/

Refugee Services of Texas welcomes refugees, asylees, survivors of trafficking and other displaced peoples, and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities.

Save The Children
https://www.savethechildren.org/

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

Vital Voices
https://www.vitalvoices.org/

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. * We are at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls. * We enable women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law. * We equip women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities. Our international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, have trained and mentored more than 15,000 emerging women leaders from over 144 countries in Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. They are the Vital Voices of our time.


Women For Afghan Women
https://womenforafghanwomen.org/

WAW provides life changing, community based programs to thousands of women, children and families throughout Afghanistan. Our services include family counseling, education, and vocational training. WAW’s New York Community Center (NYCC) in Fresh Meadows, Queens, New York is a lifeline for local Afghan-Americans and Muslim-Americans, as well as other local immigrant and refugee communities. WAW’s NYCC provides its clients with critical case management, empowerment classes (such as ESL, Driver’s Education, Citizenship classes), dynamic youth leadership programs, and legal support. The NYCC is also active in mobilizing the community, organizing events, networking with partners, and coalition-building. The Center has cultural and language competencies in English, Farsi/Dari, Pashto, Urdu, Hindi, and Spanish.


Women For Women International
https://www.womenforwomen.org/

In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community. Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped nearly 429,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We directly work with women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.


World Food Program USA
https://www.wfpusa.org/

1 in 9 people on the planet will go to bed hungry tonight. But we can change that with your help. World Food Program USA (WFP USA) works to solve global hunger, building a world where everyone has the food and nutrition needed to lead healthy, productive lives. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

World Vision
https://www.worldvision.org/

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Working in nearly 100 countries around the world, we serve all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.


YMCA of Greater Houston
https://ymcahouston.org/

For 135 years the YMCA of Greater Houston has focused on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in and across communities. At the Y strengthening community is our cause. We know that a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives and generations, we ensure that all have access to the opportunities, relationships and resources necessary to learn, grow and thrive.

 


References:
1. “The Simple Steps You Can Take Right Now To Help Afghan Refugees” Accessed August 27th, 2021. Retrieved from: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/17/1028483700/help-afghanistan-refugees

*Disclaimer: The STARZ24 Foundation has no official affiliation or association with the listed philanthropic organizations. These are shared merely as a suggestion. For more information please visit: 
https://www.guidestar.org/