“I, in my own mind, have always thought of America as a place in the divine scheme of things that was set aside as a promised land. It was set here and the price of admission was very simple: the means of selection was very simple as to how this land should be populated. Any place in the world and any person from those places; any person with the courage, with the desire to tear up their roots, to strive for freedom, to attempt and dare to live in a strange and foreign place, to travel halfway across the world was welcome here.” – Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Why This Matters
Several U.S. Government Agencies obligated $3 Billion + to evacuate over 124,000 Afghans in 2021. The massive program, called Operation Allies Welcome, has brought more than 86,000 Afghans to the U.S. Of this group, more than 36,000 Afghans were considered at-risk in Afghanistan and faced persecution by the Taliban.
Afghans who were paid by the U.S. Government/Military are eligible for a Special Immigrant Visa. Our Afghan Security Force Partners are ineligible since they were paid by the Afghan Government. Therefore, they do not have a straightforward path to U.S. citizenship and will require an immense amount of support to apply for asylum. They did not plan to leave Afghanistan – they intended to remain and defend their country.
Honor the Promise is currently assisting ~170 Afghan Special Operations Veterans and their families resettle in the U.S. This includes both men and women who served in ground units such as the elite Ktah Khas, Commandos, and Female Tactical Platoons. Nearly 50% have resettled in Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
What We Do
We aspire for Afghans to experience a sense of belonging within their communities. Our programs help Americans welcome and support the community-level integration of Afghan families who have recently arrived in their communities.
Afghan youth identify with the American experience through meaningful mentorship relationships that prepare them to realize their full potential as future leaders of America.
Afghans develop skills and have support to navigate stressors of life in America through our program offerings. Additionally, they participate in programming that improves their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial wellness so they can thrive.
We guide American employers so they can leverage the unique background and experience of Afghan Special Operations Veterans and their families to diversify and strengthen the U.S. workforce.
What Sets Us Apart
- Lived Experience: We understand the lived experience of Afghan refugees. Our CEO is an Afghan refugee from the Soviet Conflict in the 1980s. We design our programs with input from refugees and the communities they resettle in.
- Commitment: We hire Afghan refugees into critical roles to ensure our outreach is organic, timely, and authentic.
- We Play Long Ball: We’re focused on solving the issues that impact long-term resilience. Our sustainable programs are focused on making generational impact. We don’t get distracted by initial challenges – we focus on solving problems that will have the greatest impact.
- Fierce Collaboration: We strategically partner and collaborate with organizations who already have a proven model. We don’t believe in going after it alone. We share, give, and partner effectively.
- Data-Driven: Our empirical approach prioritizes focus groups and quantitative surveys to understand our customers’ needs and their root causes so we design programs that are tailored and relevant.
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