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Veteran NGO's Critical Mission: 1208 Foundation's Afghanistan Withdrawal Efforts and Documentary Spotlight

Hello again, everyone, and a warm welcome to our newest friends and supporters!

Last month was a turning point for the 1208 Foundation’s efforts in Afghanistan. After overcoming challenges with regional authorities, we resumed our vital evacuation work, an integral part of our mission post the Afghanistan withdrawal. Our team, relentless in their dedication, successfully evacuated 20 individuals from Afghanistan, a testament to our commitment and the urgent need for support in the region.

Triumph Amidst Adversity: Habib's Journey to Safety

Family in Airport

One of our most heartening successes last week was the safe arrival of "Habib" and his family in the US. Habib's story is one of extraordinary resilience and courage, a narrative shared by many of our Afghan allies. Detained by the Taliban and suffering personal loss, his journey reflects the harsh realities faced by those who worked closely with Army Green Berets during the conflict. His escape and resettlement are not just a personal victory but a beacon of hope for many.

"More than Brothers": A Glimpse Into Our Journey

We're excited to announce that "More than Brothers", a documentary by Andrea von Siebenthal, will premiere at the DocNYC film festival. This film dives deep into the challenges we've faced in staying ahead of the Taliban, showcasing the tenacity and resourcefulness of our team, including our special forces veterans. It candidly captures our struggles and triumphs and our unique approach to tackling governmental hurdles. The premiere is set for November 16th at 3:00 pm, and I invite you to join us for this revealing look into our operations.

Fundraising for the Future

As we approach the holiday season, the importance of fundraising for our nonprofit becomes ever more apparent. In 2023 alone, we have assisted 118 people in evacuating from Afghanistan. Many of these individuals are part of the NMRG, a group at high risk due to their affiliation with Special Forces. This achievement is a milestone for us and a clear indication of the vital role veteran NGOs like ours play in ongoing humanitarian efforts.

Looking ahead, we have set an ambitious goal to evacuate 250 people in the first half of 2024. To make this a reality, we need your support. We're present on various donation platforms like Donor Box and the Giving Fund, and we're experimenting with innovative fundraising methods like Round Up, where your credit card purchases can round up to the nearest dollar, with the change supporting our cause.

Moving Forward with Hope and Determination

October has been a month of significant progress for us, and I'm eager to share our upcoming achievements. Please feel free to spread the word about our work. Together, we can make a profound difference in the lives of those affected by the Afghanistan withdrawal, embodying the spirit of collaboration that defines veteran nonprofits and Afghanistan NGOs.

Thomas Kasza

Executive Director



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