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Afghan Refugee Support Project

Please join us during the week of January 31st – February 4th in supporting our school’s Afghan Refugee Support Project, the 2nd service project of our GISW Community Service Initiative.  GISW and the SEBR are partnering with two local Afghan refugee support organizations for this service project to help meet the basic urgent needs of Afghan refugee families arriving in the greater DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.  The project entails raising money to purchase supplies for and then assembling baskets with personal hygiene and home cleaning products that will be given to Afghan refugee families to help them get settled in their new home.   

Our goal as a school is to raise enough funds to supply and assemble 100 of these welcome baskets (50 with personal hygiene products and 50 with cleaning supplies) during the week of January 31st.  We have asked our teachers to set a goal with their individual classes for the number of baskets for which they will raise money and to then assemble these.  The total cost per basket is $20 for the personal hygiene products and $35 for the cleaning products.  Your SEBR class representatives will be providing parents with more information in the coming weeks about this project and how you and your child/ren can get involved.   

We are in the process of trying to identify a corporate sponsor who would be willing to match the funds that our school community raises so that we can double our impact.  If you have connections to the business community or work for a company that has a matching program and would be willing to help out, please get in touch with Jennifer Precht, Director of Advancement at: jprecht@giswashington.org

As an international community, GISW recognizes that what happens in the world affects everyone.  The Afghan Refugee situation is both local and international.  With refugees arriving in the greater DC area, GISW students have the opportunity to learn about Afghanistan, what it means to be a refugee, and how we can help to meet the physical needs of refugee families living in our community.  It is our hope that as our GISW community learns about and cares for Afghan refugees, our community will grow stronger as we work together and care more for one another.

We thank the SEBR for their initiative and hard work in organizing this project and thank you in advance for your support! Questions regarding the Afghan Refugee Support Project can be directed to Erin Owen at: owene25@yahoo.com

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