Evacuation was just the first step in a long and difficult journey for these men, women, and children. They left behind their possessions, their homes, their jobs, and their loved ones and faced up to a year of waiting before they could start to rebuild their lives in their new homes.
Spirit of America assumed responsibility for the care of all 121 Afghans through the entirety of their stay in Albania. In addition to paying for room and board, we also provided items like hygiene and laundry supplies, baby formula, diapers, clothing, shoes, phone chargers and adapters, and more. Every need we identified was tailored to each individual and family.
On March 22, 2022, the long wait was finally over: Colleen Denny, our Europe Regional Director, Representative Slotkin, and members of her Congressional team eagerly welcomed the Afghan evacuees to their new home in America. The group was met with bright welcome signs and waving American flags. Many had tears in their eyes as they thanked Spirit of America and Representative Slotkin — their sense of relief was palpable.
Thank you for helping us support our allies who dedicated the last 20 years of their lives to working with the US for the betterment of Afghanistan. You can read more of their stories here.