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The Crisis in Afghanistan - Our response

The Crisis in Afghanistan

In recent weeks we have all witnessed the news in the media about the Taliban takeover of the Afghanistan capital Kabul and subsequent control over wider parts of Afghanistan.

Thousands of Afghan families are faced everyday with poverty, injury and even death. The country has also been affected by the effects of drought and coronavirus, leaving vulnerable women and children in particular with limited healthcare and food to survive.

Many families have lost everything; the United Nations refugee agency says more than 550,000 Afghans have been internally displaced since January, on top of 3 million people who were already uprooted at the start of the year due to war and conflict with 80% of these being women and children.

What is Father Hudson’s doing?

As the principal Social Care Agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham, our aim is to offer help and support to those in need. We reach out to those that are isolated or marginalised with a helping hand and an open door.

Expanding on our existing work with Asylum seekers and refugees we aim to help the Afghan people in the following ways;

Brushstrokes Community Project in Smethwick – Resettlement scheme

Our award-winning Brushstrokes Community Project has a reputation for offering a welcoming community to refugees and asylum seekers relocating to Sandwell providing specialist immigration advice, outreach support, support with the asylum process and English classes.

Working in partnership with Sandwell Borough Council, Brushstrokes is taking part in the UK government-led resettlement scheme, providing support and advice for up to 25 families to start a new life. Brushstrokes has appointed two Refugee Support Workers and a Project  Co-ordinator to oversee this work. One of the Support Workers, Omid, shares his experiences in the role helping families resettle, providing assistance with GP, dentist registration and English language lessons. Omid says;

“Brushstrokes helped me when I came to live in the UK. I used to work as a doctor (heart specialist) and university lecturer in Afghanistan and Brushstrokes helped me to pass my English language exam (OET) needed for overseas doctors or nurses. I really wanted to help other refugees start a new beginning and am really enjoying my role”/media/news/library/omid.jpg

To find out more about Brushstrokes and their work supporting refugees please visit their website at https://www.brushstrokessandwell.org.uk/

New Routes Fostering Service – Unaccompanied Children

New Routes is the registered fostering agency of Father Hudson’s Care with a team of foster carers providing children and young people with unconditional love and a new home.

The situation in Afghanistan has resulted in a large number of unaccompanied children relocating to the UK without their families, needing a safe home to live in. New Routes is recruiting Foster Carers to help carry out this vital work. For more information about how one of our current foster carers is providing support please watch our short video https://youtu.be/rm_i8Xp_bus or for more information please visit our New Routes website New Routes Fostering | Foster Care Charity (foster-carers.org.uk)

Support from the Archdiocese

Parishes across the Archdiocese of Birmingham are also showing their support.

St Francis of Assisi at Kenilworth, via the SVP, is raising funds and collecting clothes for refugees. It is not too late to donate.

Our Lady and All Saints, Stourbridge, is acting as a drop-off point for donations. They are accepted on Thursdays between 6-8pm at the Parish Centre. They are then taken to a central point for sorting and distribution.  Suitable donations are clothes, shoes, warm clothes, scarves and hats, pyjamas, socks, underwear, toiletries, toothbrush kits, small toys.

Please DO NOT take donations to Brushstrokes, further details below

What can you do?

Make a donation – why not consider making a donation so that we can continue to provide support when it is most needed? Just £10 could make a huge difference, to make a donation please visit our www.justgiving.com/fatherhudsons

You can also make a donation for the work of Father Hudson’s Care in your local parish as part of the second collection on Sunday 26th September.

Donate items – we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of the public offering donations of food and clothing. At present we do not need any additional donations of items. Any future requests for items will be updated on the Brushstrokes Sandwell facebook page once families have arrived and are settled. Thank you for your patience with this

Our sister charity St Chads Sanctuary also supports Afghan refugees. For more information about their current requests for items and/or to make a donation please visit their website at St. Chad's Sanctuary (stchadssanctuary.com)

Consider foster care – Can you provide a home for unaccompanied children? If you are interested in foster care then please contact our New Routes team for further advice and information 01676 434 025 or email newroutes@fatherhudsons.org.uk

 

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