Afghanistan is in the midst of a devastating humanitarian crisis.

On August 15, 2021, Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, fell to the Taliban military, escalating an already precarious humanitarian crisis in a country riddled by decades of war.

Thanks to the nonstop efforts of dedicated organizations and individuals, there are many ways, both locally and nationally, to donate and help the influx of Afghan refugees seeking a new life in the United States.

Whether you’re looking for ways to volunteer or make a financial contribution, please consider one of the established local organizations or funds listed on this page.

We will continue to update this list as new resources and information about the crisis in Afghanistan and her refugees are available.

How to Help Afghans

How you can help afghan refugees arriving in The National Capital Region

Local Organizations and Businesses

African Community Center DC Metro – Helping Resettle Afghan Refugees
Working with both financial donations and in-kind donations through their Amazon Wishlist, the ACCDC welcomes newly arrived Afghan families into their new homes as the organization helps them rebuild a new life in the DMV region.

Homes Not Borders
Homes Not Borders has been tirelessly working  in the DMV area to seamlessly resettle newly arrived refugees into furnished homes stocked with household items and other essentials for each family. Currently accepting financial donations as well as purchases through their Amazon Wish List.

Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area
LSS  utilizes donations and volunteer resources to help welcome  and set up new Afghan families to the National Capital area. 

Translation Services 
As the DMV region welcomes more Afghan refugees, Farsi and Dari translators are needed to assist at Dulles International Airport and the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Capable people are asked to email with subject line:  “Afghan Interpreters.”

Welcome To Maryland Fund – IRC
The International Rescue Committee established the fund to support Afghan refugee families fleeing the current crisis in their country to resettle in Maryland.

Know of a local business or nonprofit helping with the resettling of Afghan refugees? Let us know by emailing

National Organizations

CWS Global
CWS works towards helping newly arriving Afghans and their families resettle in the U.S. They are accepting donations and sponsorships.

Support organizations aiding in Afghanistan

Child Foundation
This international charity organization helps children in poverty remain in school. Partnering with Startupistan, Child Foundation helps promote empowerment through digital education. 

Since 1999, Emergency has provided free, high-quality surgical and medical treatments to over 7.5 million Afghan civilians and continues to do so through the current crisis in country. Currently accepting financial donations to support their hospital centers in Afghanistan.

Global Giving’s Afghanistan Emergency Fund
Since 2002, Global Giving strives to connect nonprofits, donors, and companies around the world to support and serve communities. Global Giving’s Emergency fund will be used to help the most at risk – women, children, and activists – stay safe in Afghanistan now and in the long-term. 

International Medical Corps In Afghanistan
Established in 1984, by volunteer doctors and nurses, the International Medical Corps, addresses the critical need for medical care. Currently they are accepting donations to provide lifesaving medical services and training.

Islamic Relief USA
Islamic Relief has pledged $1 million to help Afghan families that are suffering through the current crisis. With your help, they are working towards distributing food aid, water storage units, hygiene kits, essential non-food items, and family-sized emergency tents and tools.  

Miles4Migrants uses donated frequent flyer miles to help impacted civilians in the middle of crisis-riddled Afghanistan start over again in a new home.

Save The Children
Save the Children works in the hardest-to reach places. Today, they are accepting donations to help provide safe spaces and activities for children, supply nutritious food, and secure health care. 

Vital Voices, in partnership with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
A global effort, Vital Voices works with its partners to support emergency evacuations, housing and resettlement, and other priorities for women at risk in Afghanistan.

Women for Afghan Women
Women for Afghan Women is a grassroots organization with the goal to protect and promote the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls, in Afghanistan and those who immigrated to New York . 

Women for Women International
Women for Women International provides foundational training to help Afghan women know and defend their rights, live mentally and physically healthy lives, and discover their power to be self-sufficient in their lives and with family. 


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