About the Emergency

After an extensive military advance by the Taliban in Afghanistan, culminating in the taking of Kabul, the Government of Afghanistan has collapsed. Increased violence, as well as concerns that the country could descend further into chaos, have pushed many Afghans out of their homes and the country.

USAID humanitarian partners are working to provide food, health care, protection, water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies, and other critical relief to these people who have already lost so much. The United States is committed to continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in Afghanistan for as long as possible. More information on the U.S. Government’s humanitarian activities in Afghanistan can be found here.

How You Can Help


Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, and the Better Business Bureau. Below are organizations responding in Afghanistan.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in four Americans volunteered for an organization at least once during the course of a year. However, there are a few things that would-be disaster volunteers should stop and consider before getting on a plane. To help Afghan people in the United States, here’s one resource to check out. The CDC Foundation is also helping Afghans in the U.S.

Response Updates

Additional Resources

InterAction is an alliance of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) based in Washington, D.C. whose 180-plus members work globally.

GlobalGiving is the first and largest global crowdfunding community that connects nonprofits, donors, and companies worldwide.

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