“We will have time to debate what went wrong in the war in Afghanistan, but in this critical moment we must listen to the voices of Afghan women and girls. They are asking for protection, for education, for the freedom and the future they were promised.” -Malala Yousafzai, Education Activist in the New York Times
Since the Taliban took control over Afghanistan in August, over 120,000 people have fled the country (Source: BBC News). Those left face a growing humanitarian crisis, and girls are expected to face increased obstacles to accessing education. In response, Tea is donating $10,000 immediately to support the Global Fund for Children’s network of grassroots organizations on the ground helping those in need.
These organizations include the Afghan Institute of Learning and the Oruj Learning Center. Both groups are focused now on meeting the basic needs of over 60,000 displaced people in Afghanistan who are in need of food and shelter. These groups also run schools and are planning to invest in online classes in the event the Taliban prevents girls from attending schools or female teachers from teaching.
Outside of Afghanistan, the GFC is working with an array of local partners in Southeast Europe supporting migrant children and youth, including those from Afghanistan. With the surge of Afghani refugees and asylum seekers, these partners are in need of additional resources to ensure the safe passage of nearly half a million Afghans expected to flee the country by the end of the year.
Tea has and always will be committed to making the world a better place for children everywhere. By supporting us, you help us continue to fulfill this mission. To donate directly to the GFC’s efforts in Afghanistan, click here. To learn more about how the GFC is helping those affected by the crisis in Afghanistan, visit globalfundforchildren.org.