We are launching an emergency appeal to help people being forced to flee Afghanistan. Following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, many Afghan citizens including women, children and ethnic minorities, are facing severe threats to their lives and are trying to escape to reach safer countries. Untold numbers of Afghans are facing violent retaliation, including former staff of Western forces, human rights activists (especially women and girls), journalists, and religious minorities. Large scale humanitarian evacuations are required for those whose lives are in danger
We are asking for your help to support the different initiatives being developed by local European Jewish organisations and to co-ordinate these efforts for a maximum impact on the relief of the refugees
ECJC & HIAS Europe are currently assessing needs and collecting information on the different Jewish community initiatives in Europe for relief of Afghan Refugees. These initiatives may include reception in the different cities, initial housing, feeding, new skills’ training, language support, assistance with navigating local bureaucracy, professional mentoring, mental health counselling, and simply providing a welcoming environment – for example by inviting newcomers to a Shabbat meal. Please contribute to our campaign so we can help communities to help others.
Additional needs we hope to cover through local interventions:
Initial Housing – Facilitating access to interim housing
Professional Mentoring – Labour market integration through education, networking and counselling.