They say that when disaster strikes, to look for help. That’s exactly what’s happening in Afghanistan. What the country is going through is unimaginable. However, what global organizations and companies have been doing to jump in and provide aid is inspiring. One global company in particular, Airbnb, has just made the promise to house 20,000 Afghan refugees globally, totally free.
Airbnb’s CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky revealed in a series of tweets that the platform will be working with partner organizations in Afghanistan and other NGOs to coordinate the effort, but also, that Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer to help, too.
The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up.— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) August 24, 2021
A press release posted on the Airbnb website reads, “In this past week, it has become abundantly clear that the displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees here in the United States and elsewhere is a significant humanitarian crisis – and in the face of this need, our community is ready to once again step up.”
This effort to help these Afghan refugees will be funded through donations to Airbnb.org, which is the platform’s charity initiative.
It’s not the first time Airbnb has gone into its own pockets to help those in need either. Since 2012, over 75,000 people have found refuge thanks to Airbnb in times of crisis. Details for hosts who wish to assist will be available in the coming days. In fact, they have even inspired other companies to step up and do the same.
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