The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Atlanta is working alongside communities and partners to support Afghans living in Georgia and ensure a warm welcome for newly arriving families in the weeks and months to come.
We have launched a $1.7million fundraising campaign to assist in welcoming and supporting our Afghan allies. This ambitious goal will ensure newly arriving families have everything they need to integrate and thrive in our communities, and we need support from individuals, corporate partners, and community sponsors—donate here and learn more below!
In fiscal year 2022 (Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2022), the IRC in Atlanta will welcome:
- 800 Afghan Humanitarian Parolees
- 60 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa recipients
- 900 Refugees (from countries including Syria, Myanmar, El Salvador, Eritrea, the DRC and Guatemala)
The IRC in Atlanta has welcomed more than 900 people from Afghanistan—over 275 families—to a safe new home in Georgia over the past two decades. As the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan continues to escalate, we're sharing four ways YOU and your community can help!
Four ways to support the Afghan community in Georgia right now
- Listen to and uplift Afghan voices. Afghan community members in Atlanta are courageously sharing their stories in the media. Follow us @ircatlanta on Facebook and Instagram as we continue to uplift these stories as well as local events organized by the Afghan community.
- Donate locally to the IRC in Atlanta. We have welcomed more than 275 Afghan families to safety in Georgia over the past two decades. Please consider becoming a monthly donor at any amount to help our local, Atlanta-based staff to continue welcoming and serving refugees from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world. No donation is too small! Rescue.org/GiveAtlanta
- Volunteer your time or other resources. We understand that not everyone can commit financial resources. If you can contribute your time to organize a donation drive for items for newly arriving families, or to help set up apartments, please contact us at Atlanta [at] Rescue.org. We are currently seeking Donation Drive Partners to help us collect diapers, gift cards, hygiene kits and school supplies. We are not currently accepting furniture or clothing, but we can connect you to orgs who are! You can also purchase items from our Amazon Wishlist to be distributed directly to newly arriving families from Afghanistan and other crisis zones around the world, or become an IRC Fundraising Volunteer and create your own peer-to-peer fundraising page on our MightyCause platform.
- Advocate and raise your voice. Call and email President Joe Biden and your Members of Congress and demand they protect vulnerable Afghans in need of safety, including those who risked their lives to serve with the U.S. Take action at Rescue.org/Act.
IN THE NEWS: Afghan community members in Georgia speak out
- Georgians with ties to Afghanistan heartbroken over disaster
- Atlanta-area Afghans fear for the safety of other women, girls still in their homeland
- Georgians with family in Afghanistan heartbroken and fearful of what's to come
- “Cada segundo reviso mi teléfono esperando lo peor”: Refugiado afgano en EEUU teme por el futuro de su familia
- ‘Heart and soul are there’: Afghan Americans face pains of a country left behind
- Escape from Afghanistan: A Lilburn man's story
- Afghan Georgians ‘Hopeless’ after Taliban Takeover Of Kabul