Responses to Situation in Afghanistan
Many of us are watching the news about the people of Afghanistan with horror and broken hearts. As people of faith committed to peace and justice, we want to reach out to help, knowing we are one global family.
Below is a brief list of links for possible responses compiled by members of the MVPJ steering committee, a useful article from the New York Times with ways to help refugees, as well as one faith-based response to the U.S. recent drone attacks.
Islamic Relief USA - This page from their website has a very thorough and detailed list of Afghan charities and NGOs offering everything from medical service to legal aid, all of which have a proven, positive track record working in Afghanistan. As explained on the website, Islamic Relief itself is coordinating efforts with other on-the-ground organizations for emergency food, shelter, water, and hygiene.
HIAS - A Jewish organization that supports with refugees, is working to advocate for resettlement rights for Afghans, and working directly with newly arrived Afghan families in the United States.
This New York Time article lists charities, organizations and funds to help Afghans resettle.
Women for Afghan Women is the largest women's organization in the country. Its ultimate goal is to transform the norms of violence and oppression into those of peace and equality. Donations help keep clients and staff safe and provide emergency support for others.
Pax Christi USA (Roman Catholic) has a Pray-Study-Act page with good resources, and also issued this statement condemning the U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan, which only furthers the cycle of violence.
Read below for some local, bay area efforts that you can support.
Again, the City of Fremont is raising money to directly support Afghan refugees arriving in the area. Fremont is home to one of the largest Afghan communities in the country.
Pangea Legal Service provides legal help for Afghans seeking refugee status.
Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley serves 600 refugees annually with resettlement, legal support, job search assistance, mental health services and more. Click here to download their PDF on "How you can help refugees in 2021."
Immanuel House Refugee Project in San Jose (started by the Presbytery of San Jose) houses up to 12 residents and is currently providing home and support services for many Afghan refugees.
Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay offers local assistance to Afghan refugees coming to the Bay Area.