UPDATE (December 2021):
In August, when the Taliban entered Kabul, our community charged into action. In a matter of hours, thousands of SumOfUs members donated, and within days we were able to get tens of thousands of dollars out the door to organizations working on the ground to help protect, evacuate, and resettle vulnerable people.
Here's an update from Too Young to Wed (TYTW), one of the organizations we were able to assist:
"Thanks to the incredible support from Sum of Us, last night TYTW successfully evacuated our largest single group yet of high-risk Afghans, 45 individuals in total. All 45 traveled over land in the last few days to Pakistan and arrived last night, and early next week they will go on to Albania with visas. In this convoy, we have a female member of the Afghan National assembly, three prosecutors, a doctor, seven journalists, a social worker, two government employees, a doctoral student in the US, a tech entrepreneur, the Gender Officer at the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan, and the dean of a law school, all of whom have received threats. We were able to provide them with a KFC dinner (their specific request!), cupcakes for the kids, and they’ll be staying comfortably at the Sheraton in Islamabad. We also were able to get medical checkups for one of the babies who had been ill, and a pregnant woman on the journey."
(Please note we have turned off donations on this page at this time.)
Original Text (August 2021):
I just watched a video of dozens of desperate people clinging to the outside of a massive US airplane while it took off, only for some to fall to their death on the rooftops below. All to escape the Taliban.
We have to do something to help.
Experts in the region say that a few charities are actually getting desperate families money, safe transport and legal help with asylum claims. But they're not the big names everyone knows and lots of NGOs are too scared to support them.
Our community is different. Thousands of donations right now from us could go directly to the on-the-ground groups funnelling real assistance in the middle of this tragedy -- and we don't have to wait for paperwork or approvals to do it. If we all chip in now -- we could save lives.