Emergency Support for Afghan Interpreters
VTN is accepting donations to provide shelter and support to interpreters in Afghanistan awaiting evacuation to Canada.
To Donate Online to Support Afghan Interpreters: Click Here
To Donate Via Cheque:
Please make cheques payable to:
Veterans Transition Network
#622 – 470 Granville
Vancouver, BC | V6C 1V5
Include “Afghan Interpreters” in the memo line
Tax receipts will be mailed within 3-4 weeks of receipt.
Other forms of Donation:
We can also accept wire transfers or securities, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds. By donating these directly, there is no capital gains tax (so don’t convert to cash prior to donation). Please contact email@example.com to arrange.
*Please note: VTN unfortunately cannot issue tax receipts for donations from US citizens, unless they have reported Canadian income with the Canadian Government.
The situation in Afghanistan is increasingly unstable and hundreds of Afghans that supported the Government of Canada during the conflict now fear for their lives.
The Taliban are resurgent and are targeting those who assisted the Canadian Armed Forces between 2001 and 2014. Without the assistance of these Afghans, our soldiers, diplomats and development officers would have faced even greater risks and there is little doubt that more Canadians would have been killed or wounded. These Afghans saved Canadian lives!
The Canadian government recently announced its intent to resettle these Afghans and their families in Canada. While we applaud this announcement, there is still an immediate need for safety that remains unmet for these Afghans.
In response, an ad hoc group of veterans and other like-minded Canadians are working tirelessly to facilitate the internal migration of these brave Afghans and their families so that they can be extracted from Afghanistan by the Canadian government in the coming days and weeks.
In partnership with this group, the Veterans Transition Network is seeking donations to ensure the safe migration and life support of Afghans. The estimated cost of caring for an average family is approximately $5,400 CAD/month. These funds will be used for transportation, housing and a basic living wage for the duration of their time in Afghanistan. Demand for interim housing is driving prices upwards and landlords are asking for several months’ rent in advance.
Other charities are fundraising to support resettlement and integration once our Afghan allies arrive in Canada. However, this money cannot be used for internal migration to safety and immediate living costs.
We are asking for charitable donations to the VTN for this purpose. Any excess funds will be directed to resettlement and support for these Afghans upon arrival in Canada. We are grateful for the generosity of two significant donors, but are still short of our final goal. If you are able, make your tax deductible donation today.
Cpl (Ret) Tim Laidler
Chair – Board of Directors