How to help Afghan refugees in Texas and abroad

TEXAS – Following the Taliban capture of Afghanistan, Afghan citizens and their families seek refuge in the United States. Incoming Afghans have applied to the special immigrant visa program (which is aimed at Afghans who had been employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government) to qualify for resettlement in the United States.

Approximately 30,000 Afghans will be resettled in the United States in the coming weeks, according to Texas Refugee Services. Many of them will be temporarily staying at Fort Bliss in El Paso.

The agency said Texas will relocate 324 Afghans to Houston, Austin, Fort Worth and Dallas in the coming weeks.

Charities across the country seek out the community to help refugees in a variety of ways. Here you can give:

Baitumaal

Baitumaal is working with resources in Afghanistan to provide emergency humanitarian aid to displaced people fleeing civil unrest.

Catholic charities

Making a donation with Catholic Charities will help Afghan refugees settle in our communities. The money will go to shelters, clothing, food, household items and more.

World Church Service

The organization has helped resettle more than 7,000 Afghan SIV recipients in the past decade. Donations here will help provide employment and other social services to refugees.

International Rescue Committee

Donations to the committee help provide medical care, mobile clinics, food, emergency kits and temporary shelters to families and children in need. The IRC has been in Afghanistan for more than three decades in crisis to meet the needs of the people there.

ROOTS Texas

This non-profit agency offers free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families and refugees. Donations here allow staff to provide customer service to those who need it in the community.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees calls on the community to help provide and provide emergency shelter, clean water, food and medicine to incoming refugees. Donations will help as supplies are stretched.