Hi, my name is Andrea and since August I have been working with several at-risk families and individuals in Afghanistan. As much as I tried, I was unable to get any of them on flights out of Afghanistan prior to the US withdrawal date. Since then, it has become much more difficult to find a way out, but we are still exploring every avenue. Right now the most promising option is something known as humanitarian parole. This can help them escape sooner than any other option. Unfortunately, there is also a filing fee of $575 per individual. This adds up very quickly but the application is processed rather quickly.
During round 1 of this fundraiser, I was able to raise enough money to submit the humanitarian parole applications for a family of 4 and they now have a receipt number and are processing! They have also been added to an NGO's evacuation list.
Now I have several others waiting for round 2. The next round of funds will go to a family whose father was killed by the Taliban in the late 1990s. The family is half Hazara and Shia, these two groups face high levels of persecution in Afghanistan. After the Father was killed the widow did everything she could to send her daughter to school. She saved every penny and the daughter was able to graduate with a BA in Chemistry, she went on to work at a US-affiliated NGO that has since left. Since the fall of Afghanistan the family has been stuck inside scared to leave and with no income source. They have no hopes and live every day in fear. Recently a mosque near their home was targeted and killed dozens. It is imperative we do everything we can to help get them out. They are the sweetest people ever and any country would be so lucky to have them.
Any amount you can give will help, they are so appreciative of everyone willing to help, you have no idea.
Update: Enough funds have been raised for round 2 and humanitarian parole applications are being submitted the first week of November. We are now raising funds for round 3.
Round 3: This round will go to file humanitarian parole for 8 people that have worked with the US in some capacity either as a translator or for an NGO. I am also consistently sending money to help survive the winter, including money for food, water, heat, electricity, and money for a safe space.
About me: I'm an International Studies professor at Hawaii Pacific University but doing this as an unaffiliated individual. I am not a lawyer but have attended various legal trainings to learn the process of humanitarian parole and have successfully submitted one round of applications, the only barrier is the exorbitant fees.