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.
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:
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.
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 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:
- Afghan women and girls at risk desperately need Australia’s protection
People Are Calling On The Government To Take In More Refugees As Thousands Flee Afghanistan
- SBS News: More than 100,000 people sign letter demanding Australia take in more Afghan refugees
- The Sydney Morning Herald: The PM’s rhetoric on Afghan refugees has to be treated with caution
- Refugee Council of Australia: Seven steps Australian Govt should take on Afghanistan now
- The Sydney Morning Herald: As the Taliban seize control, here’s what Australia can do to help our people