It's terrifying watching the fall of Kabul and the horrors of the Taliban takeover; the harrowing and heartbreaking imagery of the desperation, fear and chaos at the airport. It must be more terrifying then, to go from Afghan citizen to refugee almost overnight. While it is admittedly difficult to extend direct help from Singapore, supporting humanitarian aid is the next best option.
Apart from charities whose CEO salaries are hard to account for (not doubting the intention, just the execution), we did a little ground work on NGOs to donate to. Listed are some working to provide immediate as well as long term aid for refugees and Afghan communities. There's no quick and surefire way to guarantee 100 percent transparency, so do continue to exercise prudence when making your donations.
With over a century of history in resettling refugees of all ethnicities, the organisation also works to aid in litigation services, international policy and violence prevention and response to protect displaced survivors.
Operating since 2009, the all-volunteer based organisation works to provide Afghan communities with resources to integrate to society with Life and Cope educational program and Resettlement Services to Refugees and Newcomer Families.
Focusing on the most vulnerable, the organisation works to provide children with food and necessities via emergency response as well as income-generating activities for families. Besides improving the delivery of crucial health and nutrition services, it fights for Child Rights and education for girls.
LSSNCA works to help Afghan allies who have served alongside American troops, diplomats and other government employees. As targets because of their service to the U.S., the emergency evacuation mobilises community supporters to aid with housing, transportation and basic needs.