In 2021 alone, over half a million Afghans have been forced out of their homes - 80% of them women and children. The situation drastically worsened in August 2021 as the Taliban took control over major cities in Afghanistan, including the capital city of Kabul. While enduring a famine and pandemic amidst decades of conflict, the people of Afghanistan now face even more chaos and instability.
Even during this unstable time, there are organizations on the ground providing Afghans with basic necessities and medical care, and helping those fleeing Afghanistan seek safety.
There are also organizations in Canada working to help those fleeing from Afghanistan. Canada recently announced a special program to resettle 20,000 Afghans, and settlement organizations will likely play a critical role in facilitating the program. They sponsor refugees through the Government of Canada, and provide support to refugees before, during, and after their arrival in Canada.
Islamic Relief is an international aid charity guided by the values and teachings of the Qur’an and the prophetic example. They work to respond rapidly to disasters, provide basic necessities, and fight the root causes of poverty. Islamic Relief is currently on the ground in Afghanistan providing food packs and other emergency response supports.islamicreliefcanada.org
Doctors Without Borders Canada (MSF) is leading the global COVID-19 response by providing case management, carrying out infection control, and building health structures to treat COVID-19 patients in over 70 countries. As of August 2021, they’re also on the ground in Haiti providing direct care to those affected by the earthquake, and also in Afghanistan, providing critical medical care.doctorswithoutborders.ca
Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation is working directly with the Government of Canada to resettle persecuted Afghan Sikhs and Hindus.themsbf.ca
Kinbrace provides housing, orientation, accompaniment, and education services to refugee claimants in Canada. Last year, they helped 39 refugee claimants move from homelessness to permanent housing and provided 46 newcomers with comprehensive integration support.www.kinbrace.ca
FCJ Refugee Centre helps uprooted people settle in Canada. They provide refugee protection, assistance with paperwork, interpretation services, and referrals to immigration lawyers. Last year, they helped resettle 39,000 individuals to Canada.www.fcjrefugeecentre.org
Christie Refugee Welcome Centre provide services to refugees, like safe temporary housing, resources, and follow-up support to help guide them through the settlement process. Last year, they served 11,419 people in total.christiestreetrc.com