The Wilberforce Afghan  Initiative

Since sponsoring an Afghan family, I have a new understanding of the many hurdles they face while making Greensboro their home.  Fortunately, the Wilberforce Center is here to make the arduous journey to citizenship easier. They were there from day one, with translators, helping our new arrivals make first steps toward their ultimate goal of beginning Americas.  We are very thankful to have knowledgeable caring support from Wilberforce for these families who are now part of the Greensboro community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hollis Gabrial

                                                                                                                                                  Afghan Family Sponsor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                     

The Wilberforce Afghan Initiative serves the more than 300 unrepresented Afghan evacuees being resettled in the city of Greensboro, North Carolina, providing education, consultations and legal services in order to enable them to secure a permanent status in the United States.  Tens of thousands of Afghans were forced to flee their homeland this summer as the country fell to the Taliban's brutal regime. Leaving everything behind, these desperate people were evacuated on hurried flights and now await resettlement here in the United States. These families were forced to flee because of their work and connections with our U.S. military.  The stories of their love and commitment to our country is remarkable. We expect over 400 families will be resettled here in Greensboro. 

 

Since December of 2021, the William Wilberforce Center has served over 200 Afghan families with legal aid orientations, legal services, clothing and food, and general counsel.  The Center has had the opportunity to provide some modest funding into Afghanistan for family members of our clients who are going without food and are under threat from the Taliban.  As we continue to serve these and additional families through 2022, we are asking you to consider a donation to help defray the costs in preparing the necessary legal documentation to help these families adjust their status from a temporary stay as Humanitarian Parolees to permanent residents of the United States. This includes support for our growing team responding to this crisis, significant translation work necessary to represent these families as well as office equipment and travel expenses to cover upcoming asylum hearings in Washington, DC.  This is a significant commitment, but we believe it is an incredible opportunity for those of us who have been blessed with so much to demonstrate God’s love and compassion to these new arrivals as they rebuild their lives here in America.