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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
In early August, VTN joined a network of veteran-led volunteer organizations collectively named the Afghan Strategic Evaluation Team (ASET). The members of this group have been coordinating efforts to support the care and evacuation of vulnerable Afghans and their families. These Afghan interpreters and civilians served the Canadian Armed Forces during Canada’s long mission (2001-2014) and saved countless Canadian lives. Our duty now is to save them from Taliban revenge killings and other reprisals simply for helping Canada.
Our team is led by Canadian veterans with significant operational experience, including three retired Major-Generals who commanded NATO and Canadian missions in Afghanistan, special forces veterans, retired senior journalists, and business leaders. Our group also includes experienced organizations like Aman Lara, Afghan Canadian Interpreters, and Building Markets, all with significant immigration and/or in-country expertise. The Veterans Transition Network joined this group to act as the fundraising and financial arm to support these efforts.
With a Government of Canada evacuation effort underway, our original goal was to raise $500,000 by August 31st. These funds were intended to cover the costs of accommodations, security, and visa application support for the Afghans under our care, to keep them safe while they awaited visa approvals and evacuation flights.
Thanks to the incredible support of donors and the collective efforts of our partners, we have supported the evacuation of approximately 1,395 Afghan interpreters, locally employed civilians, and their families.
However, a combination of slow visa processing, chaotic conditions at the airport, and a limited number of Canadian flights means that many of the families under our care were not evacuated before Canadian flights ended on August 26th.
2000+ men, women, and children remain in our safe houses in Afghanistan. The risk to Afghan families who supported the Canadian government is still high, and every day we receive reports of threats, violence, and killings across Afghanistan.
The VTN continues to request donations to secure their safety. With changing conditions in the now Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, we estimate that it will take another $1.1 million to safely shelter and evacuate the Afghan families under our care. Our focus now is to continue sheltering the families, and work with them and the Canadian government to secure visas for as many as we can. We are continually researching and developing options for evacuation in coordination with the Canadian government. With each passing day, evacuation becomes more viable.
Thank you to all who have joined our coalition through contributions, advocacy and sharing our work to help save the lives of our allies and their families.
Cpl (Ret) Tim Laidler
Chair, VTN Board of Directors
VTN Executive Director