If you're likewise feeling a sense of despair watching the recent news from Afghanistan, but don't know what to do to support people there, this is one way to help. Make any contribution, small or large, to Afghanaid. On 3rd October, I plan to walk a full marathon (26.2 miles) to coincide with this fundraiser.

Afghanaid has been in Afghanistan for more than 30 years, understands and leans in to the cultural and religious contexts there, and offers support to communities through lots of different humanitarian and development initiatives. They've launched their current Crisis Appeal to provide financial and material support to people displaced by the conflict and Taliban control.

I was privileged to work in Kabul for two weeks back in 2019. It was a sheltered embassy experience, but the people, art, and landscape will stick with me for the rest of my life. I've been struggling with how to help, but hopefully this is one small way we can. Thank you so much.

Christine Colburn