Help support our new Afghan neighbors

Afghans at the Kabul airport on August 18, 2021. PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

September 14, 2021

The United Methodist Foundation of New England and New England Justice for Our Neighbors (NE JFON) have established a matching fund to help support our new Afghan neighbors in New England. In the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan tens of thousands of families were evacuated. They are men, women, and children whose lives were endangered by the new regime; many had assisted U.S. military.

Among the first evacuees and refugees here in New England will be 150-200 persons to be settled in Lowell, MA, with additional arrivals anticipated in Boston and Manchester, NH. Most of these people will arrive with nothing but the clothes on their backs. They usually do not speak English or understand life in the U.S. and are not immediately eligible for government assistance.

The International Institute of New England (IINE) has long been used by the U.S. State Department as a primary nonprofit for the resettlement of refugees in New England and has experienced staff to assist these new arrivals. IINE relies on donors to provide financial assistance and furnishings to those beginning their new lives here in the U.S. 

Churches and individuals are invited to support the Afghan Fund by sending checks to the address below, transferring funds to the Foundation or donating online at www.umfne.org  

United Methodist Foundation of New England
34 Route 111, Suite 102
Derry, NH 03038
Attn: AFGHAN NEIGHBOR FUND

All gifts received at the Foundation by Oct. 5, 2021, will be matched up to a total of $20,000 and contributed to IINE on behalf of United Methodists across New England.