Afghan Refugee Relief
As the United States prepares to welcome and resettle Afghan refugees across the country, the Afya Foundation is responding to the needs of refugees landing in New Jersey.
Violence has quickly escalated in the now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, putting women and the many Afghans who helped American forces over the last 20-year long war in danger. Tens of thousands of Afghans are expected to arrive in the United States as civilians are evacuated and families are resettled across America.
The Afya Foundation, together with our partner Upwardly Global, is prepared to provide much needed humanitarian and medical supplies to Afghan refugees in New Jersey. Upwardly Global is the first and longest-serving national organization that helps to eliminate employment barriers for immigrant and refugee professionals. Upwardly Global has provided a list of supply needs that will be packed and delivered to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey where a receiving center has been established.
The base is currently sheltering 13,000 refugees, primarily women, young children, and the elderly. However, this number is expected to grow over the coming weeks. Having escaped extreme violence, these families reached the United States with nothing but the clothes on their backs. At this time, we do not know how long it will be before individuals are moved off the base and we anticipate a need for ongoing support.
In the weeks to come, Afya will send supplies that include hygiene and personal care kits, wipes, sanitizer, bleach, and durable medical equipment such as walkers, crutches and wheelchairs to the military base.