So far, over 110,000 people have been airlifted from Afghanistan since the United States made preparations to pull out of the country in July, triggering a siege of desperate evacuations. These evacuees include Americans, people of allied countries, and Afghans who worked for them and the Afghan government, and are fleeing now that the Taliban is reclaiming control of the country.
These incredibly vulnerable people have been forced to leave everything behind in order to avoid persecution, violence, and death by Taliban forces. Afghan refugees have begun arriving in the United States as well as two dozen other countries with nothing but the clothes on their backs and possibly a backpack if they’re lucky.
Some are arriving alone, others with family members. Regardless, they will all certainly face new challenges as they settle in a new country. Those arriving in the United States will be shuttled to one of four military bases in Texas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New Jersey, among other places, for temporary shelter. After that they will have the opportunity to seek more permanent shelter, but will only be able to with the help of community efforts and charity organizations like Embrace Relief.
Today, we ask that you look into your heart and open it to those seeking refuge in the United States. With a donation of $5 or $500, you will make a direct impact on the lives of people in need of help.
Due to the rising threats of the emerging COVID-19 variants, we believe that hygienic supplies can protect their health, slow the spread of illness, and ease their burden of trying to find basic necessities. With your help, we will bring incoming refugees:
Additionally, our team of volunteers will spend the next several weeks assembling and distributing Personal Care Packages which will include:
Items such as these might seem simple or trivial, but they will help incoming Afghan refugees have a sense of normalcy. Therefore alleviating psychological stress so they can focus on beginning to reclaim their lives.
Embrace Relief’s English Language Conversational Partnership Program provides free English courses to adults and children alike. This program is possible by the help of hundreds of English-speaking volunteers worldwide who virtually meet with the refugees to teach them English. Learning English is a difficult but necessary task that each incoming person will have to accomplish.
First Bricks is a free program for refugee school-aged children to get a quality education, improve their social awareness, and hone their academic, social, problem solving, relationship and leadership skills. Our classes include academic, social, and cultural classes which holistically aid in the development of their psychological and social development. There are currently over 400 volunteer teachers and 4,000+ students enrolled in our First Bricks Program.
If you are able to volunteer your time to help with services like airport pick-ups, apartment set-ups, or bringing a meal, please sign-up using the volunteer form on the link below.
Their struggles are far from over, the time to act is NOW. Donate today!