How to Support Afghan Refugees in Calgary

This is a critical time to support Afghan refugees.

How can you help?

As of August 15, 2021, the Taliban have regained control of Afghanistan, putting the safety and security of millions of people at risk. Women and children are facing an oppressive regime which threatens their rights and education. Thousands are desperately trying to flee the country.

To address this humanitarian crisis, the Government of Canada has committed to resettling 20,000 Afghans.

At The Immigrant Education Society (TIES), our mandate is to help refugees and newcomers overcome barriers to build a safe and meaningful life in Canada. As the crisis in Afghanistan continues to unfold, we are committed to supporting Afghan refugees and we invite you to join us.

Here are some steps you can take to support Afghan refugees here in Calgary:

1. Monetary donations to local immigrant-serving agencies, who provide language, settlement and employment support to refugees. If you would like to contribute to TIES services for newcomers and refugees, please click here and select “Afghan Refugee Relief.”

2. Non-perishable food donations to culturally sensitive food hampers operated by one of our partners, Centre for Newcomers. Food hampers are customized based on dietary needs, number of individuals and ethnicity. To make a donation contact outreach@centrefornewcomers.ca.

3. Donations of clothing, furniture and household items can be made to the Women in Need Society.

4. Join us in partnering with Gateway (if you are part of a community organization), a new collaborative tool which helps connect refugees to the right community services and ease their transition to Canada. Click here to learn more.

TIES is working closely with other immigrant-serving agencies to respond to this crisis. Following the success of the Calgary East Zone Newcomers Collaborative (CENC) COVID-19 response, CENC will use the same model to assist in the resettlement of Afghani refugees. More information will be provided as the situation develops.

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