Afghanistan: meeting the immediate needs of refugees
31st August 2021
The Bishop of Hertford, Dr Michael Beasley, has encouraged churches wishing to support efforts to welcome Afghan refugees and wishing to offer immediate help to donate to three charities operating in communities in the diocese.
“There is widespread distress and concern at the current plight of the people of Afghanistan. People across our diocese are asking ‘What can we do to help them?’
Their needs are going to be great as well as varied and our first and vital task is to understand them better. We are working with a number of coordinating agencies to learn of the different kinds of support that are required.
The Church of England has just published a very helpful Toolkit for churches supporting Afghan refugees, which you can access here.
We also look forward to offering more local information and guidance about what might be collected, where necessary items might be sent etc, very soon.
The immediate need and most helpful gift is donations of money to help supporting agencies manage urgent short term needs. If your church would like to help in this way, charities working with refugees in Hertfordshire include the following: Herts Welcomes Refugees, Watford and Three Rivers Refugee Partnership and Bedford Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support. Donations can be sent to them via their web pages.”