Afghanistan Emergency Fund

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Afghanistan Emergency Fund
Photo: Mobile Mini Circus for Children
Photo: Mobile Mini Circus for Children

It’s hard to believe how much the world has endured since our last update to you. Your support of the Afghanistan Emergency Fund is making a difference and ensuring that communities in need are not forgotten as time passes. 

This spring, donations from the fund supported three grants to high-impact nonprofit organizations using their skills and missions to meet the varied needs of internally displaced Afghan children and families. 

Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported: 

  • Bamyan Foundation is working to protect and support the Hazara community, a minority ethnic group that has faced increased attacks since the Taliban’s takeover in August 2022. The organization is providing first aid to survivors of recent targeted bombings on a local school and mosque. It is also collecting funds for survivors, coordinating with hospitals treating survivors, and contributing to funeral costs for families who lost loved ones in the attacks. 
  • Mobile Mini Circus for Children is organizing collective games and uplifting activities along with providing food for children. This gives communities vital psychosocial support and regular access to nutritious meals.
  • Action for Development is leading feeding programs, health and midwifery trainings, and disaster response efforts following the recent flooding in northern Afghanistan. With operations across the country, the organization is making a big impact through its community-led approach in challenging environments. 

And that is why we must thank you again! Your support of the GlobalGiving Afghanistan Emergency Fund powers community-led responses, and it means life-saving aid and services for Afghans experiencing food insecurity, physical dangers, and a shortage of health services.

With gratitude, 

Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo: School of Leadership, Afghanistan
Photo: School of Leadership, Afghanistan

Your outpouring of support after the Taliban takeover and unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan has been a reminder of how communities around the world can join together to impact people facing immense hardships. Your donation to the Afghanistan Emergency Fund is making a difference by helping to protect Afghan journalists, evacuate people in danger, fund girls’ education, and provide medical support to communities across the country and refugee resettlement services.

Since August, donations from the fund supported 10 grants to high-impact nonprofit organizations using their strengths to meet the various needs of internally displaced Afghans and Afghan refugees. 

Here is a short description of some of the critical work you’ve supported:

Since the US Government expanded its permission to fund local Afghan nonprofit operations, we were able to make grants to Sahar Education; School of Leadership, Afghanistan; and the Afghan Institute of Learning. All three are community-led nonprofits working to ensure students, especially girls, are in school and dedicated teachers and staff receive their much-needed salaries. We were also able to support Proyecto Habesha, which is working with government stakeholders, universities, and Afghan university students to ensure young Afghan adults can continue their education safely in Mexico. 

Your donation also helped Afghans access vital legal and mental health support through the Tahirih Justice Center. The organization recently expanded its programs for Afghans, including asylum support hotlines and evacuation assistance for Afghan women in partnership with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. 

With Afghanistan's healthcare system on the brink of collapse, your donation helped power emergency and basic health services. That included the International Medical Corps, which is deploying five mobile health teams across the country, offering case management and protection services to internally displaced Afghans, and distributing COVID-19-prevention and control items to communities.

And that is why we can't thank you enough! Your support of the GlobalGiving Afghanistan Emergency Fund powers community-level responses, and it means Afghans get the critical resources they need to remain safer and healthier during this ongoing and increasingly serious humanitarian crisis worsened by freezing winter temperatures.

Your donations also allow us all to continue to see Afghanistan as Sakena Yacoobi of the Afghan Institute of Learning reminds us to:

“See us as something more than a nation at war. See us as a nation at peace, working for a world of peace.”

With gratitude, 

Kyra + the GlobalGiving Team 

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We want to start by saying thank you. In just two weeks, hundreds of you gave to our Afghanistan Emergency Fund. This generosity made it possible to rapidly send emergency funds to four incredible nonprofits working to help Afghans. And we’re preparing to send more grants as I type this update.

Typically, we use this space to tell you about the impact of your donation. We provide detailed information about our nonprofit partners' inspiring projects, often including photos, quotes, or stories from specific individuals. To keep our partners and their communities safe, including girls, women, journalists, and activists at risk from the Taliban, we will be keeping this report much briefer. In the last few weeks alone, we’ve had to remove hundreds of photos of Afghans from our website because so many people are afraid and uncertain about what Taliban rule means for their future.

Here is a brief overview of our first round of grants, which are already making a difference in this perilous time:

  • One organization is providing meals, medicine, and hygiene essentials to refugee families in and around Kabul. 
  • Another is using the money to help Afghan families get resettled in the United States
  • Another is working with grassroots organizations and community leaders to provide cash assistance to survivors and their families, including scholarships to the affected students, and funding to schools targeted by the Taliban to help them resume operations.
  • Another is protecting journalists by helping them travel to a safer location and continue broadcasting essential information.

We thank you for your important gift during this dangerous and heartbreaking time, and we look forward to providing more detailed updates in the months to come as the circumstances permit. 

With gratitude, 

Kyra Zimmerman + the GlobalGiving Team

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