Please donate to 'Welcome Packs', for Afghan evacuees to NZ, with lots of special items to brighten their day and show them Kiwis care.
Please help us to give a warm welcome to the Afghan evacuees who have just arrived in New Zealand. Most of the evacuees have landed with very few possessions and have been through such a traumatic time during their exit from Afghanistan. Some risked their own and their families' lives by helping the New Zealand defence force during the Afghanistan War.
Your donation will help Uniting Canterbury Women and its partner organisations to put together special 'Welcome Packs' (individual packs for men, women and children) which will include some of the following:
* Familiar products from home (Afghan teas and spices)
* Silk scarves and cotton masks (from Christchurch social enterprise Krama & Co),
* Hats, cups, a prayer mat, TradeAid chocolate
* Toys, balls and a book for the children
* Art supplies from Bunnings
* Beautiful New Zealand made products, including Linden Leaves soaps and hand creams, Breasby honey, and colouring books and colour pencils from Colour Our Story. These fabulous colouring books are filled with unique drawings created by children, for children, all across the world.
These are just some of the special items your donations will go towards, as our list is growing by the day!
We hope these Welcome Packs, filled with lots of special things, will help to brighten the evacuees' day, give them something to treasure, and show them they are being thought of, and cared about by New Zealanders.
We are very grateful to the suppliers of goods for the Welcome Packs, most of whom are offering their products at wholesale prices or less.
Uniting Canterbury Women was founded after the terror attack in Christchurch in March 2019. Our kaupapa is to celebrate diversity, break down barriers, and provide a safe space where women of all ethnicities, cultures and religions can connect, kōrero', collaborate, enjoy events, workshops and activities together, learn from each other, and work together to make a difference in our communities.
Our partners in his initiative are Krama & Co, Giving Seeds of Love, Who is Hussain, Craft without Borders, and Lady Khadija Charitable Trust.
One of the co-founders of Uniting Canterbury Women, Zahra Hussaini, is an Afghan refugee, who came to New Zealand when she was 12 years old. Her brother was one of the Tampa refugees. This cause is very dear to all of our hearts.
The money will be spent on some special items to go into 'Welcome Packs' for Afghan evacuees. Funds raised will also go towards packaging and postage. All labour is voluntary. The packs will be sent to Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre.
Welcome Afghan evacuees to New Zealand 20 September 2021
There are just a couple of days left to go in our campaign to raise money to send Welcome Packs to the Afghan evacuees, and we are so close to our goal!
We just wanted to send this quick update to let you know that we are SO grateful for your generous contribution to this campaign. Rest assured, the money will be spent in a truly meaningful way, and we are sure your kindness will be something the evacuees will never forget.
One of the wonderful items in the Welcome Packs is the Colour our Story colouring in books and we were so excited when the shipment of books arrived from Michelle at Colour our Story last week - all the way from Waiheke Island! The evacuee children will be receiving these books, which are filled with drawings and stories created by other children from all around the world. Very special. Here is a photo below of one of our Uniting Canterbury Women co-founders, Beck Parnham with a book. As you can see we are VERY excited!
If you would like to keep up to date with the journey of putting the packs together and getting them safely to the Afghan refugees, we recommend liking our Uniting Canterbury Women Facebook page. You are a BIG part of this journey, and we'd love you to come along with us.
Thanks again so much for your support.
Jo and the Uniting Canterbury Women crew