Access sends our thoughts to the Afghan community living in Australia and abroad, including our staff, community members and their families who have connections to this region.  It can be a distressing time, here are some things you do to help people in Afghanistan.

What can you do to help people in Afghanistan? 

Contact your local MP 

Write, phone, email your local member of Parliament and request the government increase Australian's humanitarian intake.

The Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS) has a template you can use to help you write a letter to your local MP here. 

Donate 

You can show your support by donating to humanitarian groups focused on supporting Afghanistan. See links below:

  • SBS has compiled a list of NGOs, including Emergency Action Alliance, Australian for UNHCR, UNICEF Australia, UNICEF Australia and many others. View here.
  • Mamamia has compiled a list of NGOs focused on the safety of women and children, including CARE Australia, Women for Women International, Afghan Women and Children foundation and Jalala Foundation and many others. View here.

SSI fundraiser - ‘Pay it forward’ 

SSI launched its care package fundraising campaign ‘Pay it Forward’ to support our refugee and asylum seeker communities during COVID-19, particularly in south-west Sydney, including those from the Afghani community.  

This new community engagement initiative ensures that one of SSI's most vulnerable cohorts - people seeking asylum and those on temporary visas - have access to long-lasting food staples, basic household essentials and personal hygiene products. 

Sign a petition 

Sign onto the petitions circulating. Here are the petitions that SSI and Access support: 

Mobilise your efforts 

Join social services organisations to help support Australia’s vulnerable communities. We support these organisations that advocate on behalf of Australian communities to reduce inequalities:

Volunteer your time 

Reach out to the community groups on the ground to offer your support. SSI and Access work with community leaders and associations, including: 

Support services 

If you’re someone living in Australia and impacted by the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, contact the below support services:

Support in Afghanistan 

For information regarding support for people in-country (in Afghanistan), click here for the UNHCR Help Afghanistan page. 

Migration Resources 

Do you have a friend who needs visa information? For migration resources click here.
For a factsheet on humanitarian visa options for people from Afghanistan, click here.
Steps you can take if you or your family are in Aghanistan: click here
For more migration resources, please visit SSI's Migration Resources page.

SSI’s advocacy  

SSI continues to advocate for the safety and wellbeing of Afghan people living within Australia and abroad. To find out more about our advocacy work in this area, view:

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