An update on your donation to the Afghanistan Emergency Fund
By Kyra Zimmerman | Disaster Response Associate
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.
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