In Support of the Afghan Community

Like many of you, we have been watching the terrible crisis in Afghanistan with deep concern. We demonstrate our sincerest solidarity to IUPUI’s students, scholars, and community members who are affected by this situation. Additionally, we offer our support in helping Afghan refugees settle into their new home in the United States.

As always, we are working with all international students and scholars to have a successful Fall 2021 semester, and we’re taking specific action in supporting Afghan students and scholars. The well-being of IUPUI’s global community will always be our top priority.

Below, find out how IU, IUPUI, and Hoosiers are offering support during this time, as well as ways to learn more, get involved, and donate your time or money towards these efforts. Thank you to our colleagues in the Office for Women for collecting some of these resources.*

  • Organizations Serving Women and Girls

    AWAKEN, Afghan Women's And Kids' Education & Necessities

    “Our mission is to improve access to education, provide healthcare services, create vocational opportunities, and clean water & sanitation to enable Afghan women and families to become literate, healthy, and self-sufficient.” https://www.awakeninc.org/

    Women for Women International

    “Our global community invests in women survivors of war and conflict, providing them with social and economic skills to transform their own lives. Women pass their knowledge to those around them, creating a more just world—a world where every woman’s voice, role, and contribution are visible and valued.”

    https://www.womenforwomen.org/

    https://www.womenforwomen.org/act-now-for-afghan-women

    Women for Afghan Women

    “Over the past two decades, Women for Afghan Women has grown from a small network of volunteers to become the largest women’s organization in Afghanistan. Today, WAW has expanded to provide life-changing services, education, and vocational training for our clients across Afghanistan and in the United States (US) who have endured rights violations.” https://womenforafghanwomen.org/

    Click on “Resources and Other Ways to Help” for list and links to Help Afghan Refugees

  • International Organizations

    Afghanaid

    “Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development organisation. For close to forty years, our dedicated personnel have worked with millions of deprived and excluded families in some of the poorest and most remote communities in Afghanistan. We build basic services, improve livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, help communities protect against natural disasters and adapt to climate change, and respond to humanitarian emergencies.” https://www.afghanaid.org.uk/

    CARE

    A non-profit organization that works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. https://www.care.org/

    Doctors Without Borders

    “An independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most”

    https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

    The Immigration Advocates Network

    The Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a program of Pro Bono Net, is dedicated to expanding access to immigration legal resources and information through collaboration and technology. IAN was created in 2007 by leading immigrants' rights organizations, to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them https://www.immigrationadvocates.org/nonprofit/

    International Committee of the Red Cross

    “The ICRC is an independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. It takes action in response to emergencies and at the same time promotes respect for international humanitarian law and its implementation in national law.”

    https://www.icrc.org/en

    International Rescue Committee

    “The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster."

    https://www.rescue.org/

    No One Left Behind

    “No One Left Behind is the first and premier national non-profit dedicated exclusively to standing with our wartime allies (those applying for or who have received a Special Immigrant Visa).” https://nooneleft.org/default.aspx?

    Miles for Migrants

    Miles4Migrants is a 501(c)(3) charity, dedicated to using donated frequent flyer miles to help people impacted by war, persecution, or disaster start a new beginning in a new home. We partner with other nonprofits to identify refugees, asylees, asylum-seekers, and their immediate family members who have legal approval to travel, but cannot afford airfare. https://miles4migrants.org/

    Miry’s List

    “a community of welcomers using crowdsourcing and social media to connect people like you, who want to help, with families who are resettling in the United States as refugees.” https://miryslist.org/

    Save the Children

    “Save the Children is an international non-profit founded by Eglantyne Jebb, over 100 years ago. We are active in over 100 countries and were the world’s first international charity for children. We give children in the U.S. and around the world a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When a crisis occurs, we are among the first to respond to an emergency and the last to leave.” https://www.savethechildren.org/us/where-we-work/afghanistan

    UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

    UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/

  • Local and National Organizations

    Exodus Refugee Immigration

    “Exodus Refugee Immigration is dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana.”

    https://www.exodusrefugee.org/

    Indiana Region of the American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross is temporarily supporting the U.S. Department of Defense in caring for and sheltering evacuees from Afghanistan across the country. The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is seeking support from Hoosiers to assist in these efforts and provide humanitarian aid to evacuees.

    https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/indiana-pub.html/

    Team Rubicon

    Team Rubicon is a veteran-led cohort of volunteers who serve when and where they are needed, often after disaster and in times of crisis. Currently, Team Rubicon is supporting Afghan refugees by prioritizing immediate resettlement needs at locations across the United States, including Camp Atterbury in Indiana. To access their Amazon wish list or provide a cash donation, please visit teamrubiconusa.org/resettlement.

    Alternatively, you can donate new clothing items to Afghans located at Camp Atterbury. The IUPUI School of Social Work is collecting items in the Master of Social Work (MSW) Lounge and the School of Social Work (4th floor of Education & Social Work Building) until October 30th to deliver to Camp Atterbury on October 31st.

    Donations will also be accepted at Johnson County Parks and Amphitheater at 7105 South Kern Street in Edinburgh from 9 am to 4 pm seven days a week, as well as the following National Guard Armories between 8 am to 4 pm from Monday through Friday:

    Evansville: 3300 E. Davidson Street
    Greenfield: 410 Apple Street
    Rockville: 224 West Strawberry Road
    Danville: 1245 East Main Street
    Muncie: 401 North Country Club Road
    Indianapolis: Kessler-Moore Readiness Center, 2625 West Kessler Boulevard North Drive
    Fort Wayne: 130 West Cook Road
    South Bend: 1901 Kemble Avenue
    New Albany: 2909 Grant Line Road

    The following items have been identified as needs:

    • Men’s and women’s unbranded, modest, and warm clothing such as long-sleeved T-shirts, underwear, pants, and coats in sizes S, M, and L. No shorts or tank tops.
    • Scarves, gloves, and hats.
    • Baby, toddler and children’s warm clothing and coats.
    • Socks and shoes. No sandals or flip-flops.
    • Duffel bags (no larger than 31 x 13 x 13 inches or 75 liter capacity)

    Catholic Charities

    Catholic Charities, one of the authorized domestic resettlement agencies in Indiana, is looking for volunteers to help with their Recreation Program. They are looking for volunteers with the following skills and interests:

    • Art and art therapy
    • Sports
    • Music and music therapy
    • Mental health and social work backgrounds
    • Activity set up and clean up

    If interested, please from Catholic Charities or from Patchwork Indy.

    Welcome.US

    Welcome.US consists of a welcoming Council, Coalition, Businesses, Sponsors, and Team, all who share the common goal of connecting, supporting – and, of course – welcoming Afghan refugees to the United States. Learn more about how you can become part of the movement.

    Welcome.US | Learn More

    Afghan American Foundation

    “The Afghan American Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan institution representing and advancing the interests of Afghan-American communities focused on civic, cultural, economic, and policy issues amongst the American public, policymakers, and opinion shapers.”

    Learn more about the AAF

*With thanks to colleagues in the 2006 Global Women Leaders for the World Cohort (now affiliated with How Women Lead) for assistance in compiling part of the list. 

IU and IUPUI's Response

  • IU, including IUPUI, reached out to current Afghan students and scholars to determine their safety and work to ensure that all members of the IU community receive the maximum support IU can provide.
  • IU has joined other higher ed institutions in signing a letter sent to Secretary Blinken by Scholars at Risk, urging the government to take immediate action to help save Afghanistan’s scholars, students, and civil society actors.
    Read the letter here
  • IU continues to work with multiple local, national, and international organizations to offer assistance to impacted scholars in Afghanistan, particularly those who have worked with IU on projects in the past.

Resources to Support Afghan Students and Scholars

In addition to reaching out to OIA advisors for specific questions and assistance related to your status as an international student or scholar, the University of California-Davis has developed a resource for storing academic or professional documents:

"Afghan college students and recent graduates can use the UC Davis Article 26 Backpack to keep critical academic and other documents safely and securely stored, shared, and evaluated. This service is free and open to all. The Backpack is available in Dari/Farsi, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. It also offers connections with a growing community of students around the world using Backpack to defend their human right to education."

UC-Davis Article 26 Backpack

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Universities (AAU), and Institute for International Education (IEE) has put together a Resource Kit on hosting Afghan Students and Scholars.

View the Resource Kit here