Afghanistan: Refugees Need Support Services
With the unanticipatedly rapid fall of Afghanistan to Taliban forces, relief services are racing to provide support to the Afghans who will be received by the United States. Emotional, psychological, legal, and medical services are part of the full social service package being provided collaboratively by NGOs, such as La Salle International.
Afghans who airlifted while Kabul was falling to the Taliban endured enormous emotional and psychological stress. They suffered countless hours of waiting, while desperately hoping to secure seats on departing planes. They tearfully left their extended families and friends. Looking ahead, they face myriad uncertainties in starting a new life in a new country. Understandably, they are weary and traumatized.
These individuals, who provided key support to Americans during its longest war, have been passing through screening and security vetting in other countries including Germany, Spain, Kuwait and Qatar. They now are arriving in the United States. Eight USA locations in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Texas, New Jersey and New Mexico have been designated as ports of entry for these Afghan refugees. Assistance is being provided Afghan families with reasonable accommodations, welcoming hospitality, and functional services to address their diverse needs. They will receive emotional, psychological, medical, and legal services while awaiting more formalized relocations throughout the United States.
Such relocation has its own demands and these people will need assistance getting started in new jobs and becoming self-sufficient. While many of them can speak English, others will need language training and skills development in order to fit into society and secure employment. Parishes, churches and local communities are looking to welcome these families and extend friendship and support.
To address their relocation needs, La Salle International is receiving funds for social service support (food, supplies, education, etc.) for the refugees. Donations to La Salle International will help Afghan refugees surmount the hurdles which otherwise might impede these talented and capable individuals from becoming full, contributory citizens.
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