How we’re helping Afghans fleeing the Taliban

Greetings,

It’s been one week since Spirit of America launched our Afghanistan Emergency Fund. Our entire team is focused on helping Afghans being evacuated by the United States. This includes frontline interpreters and other vulnerable groups, as well as their families, who risked their lives serving with US troops in Afghanistan.

Right now, we have team members on the ground in the Gulf region, Central Asia, and Europe, working side by side with the US military and providing humanitarian aid in real-time. More Spirit of America personnel are on the way.

WHAT WE’RE DOING

Afghans are arriving with only the clothes they are wearing. We have provided food, clothes for children and adults, baby formula, diapers, hygiene supplies, children’s books and toys, and smartphone chargers (to enable communication with families and access to important legal documents on their phones).

We are also providing temporary housing for evacuees, and in Tajikistan, we are funding the renovation of an Afghan refugee community center.

Spirit of America regional director Zack Bazzi, helps unload essential, Spirit of America-donated supplies for Afghans evacuated by the United States.

(US Army photo by Sgt. Jimmie Baker)

US troop gives water to a young Afghan boy.

(US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Ruiz)

WHAT’S NEXT

Spirit of America has provided assistance to roughly 14,000 Afghan and American evacuees, and we are committed to helping thousands more in the weeks to come. Yesterday we purchased and provided 10,000 hygiene kits within 24 hours of when the need was identified to us. The need for emergency assistance will increase as military and charter flights continue to evacuate vulnerable Afghans to safety.

I couldn’t be more proud of our team. They are on the case 24/7 — meeting with, and fielding calls from, our US partners who need Spirit of America support and from organizations and individuals who want to help.

Many of you have donated to our Afghanistan Emergency Fund. Thank you. If you haven’t, please give now.

Jim Hake
CEO

PS: 100% of all donations to our Afghanistan Emergency Fund will go directly to help the Afghans being evacuated, with no overhead or operating costs deducted. That is our 100% promise. We are proud to be rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator for our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Jim founded Spirit of America in response to the attacks of 9/11. Prior to Spirit of America Jim was an entrepreneur. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an honorary member of the US Army Civil Affairs Regiment, and a contributing author to "Warriors and Citizens: American Views of Our Military."
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