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Uber will increase its donations to help Afghan refugees, the ride-sharing company announced Thursday.
The company will work with various organizations to deliver the funds to groups supporting refugees and Afghan women, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.
"Over the last few weeks, many families were confronted with a similar decision. As a result, more than 100,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan — and they need our help," Khosrowshahi wrote on the company's website. "To start, we are increasing our previous donations in support of Afghan refugee resettlement programs to $1 million."
He added that Uber "also launched an in-app donation button to drive additional funds to the resettlement programs of the International Rescue Committee. Anyone who wants to support Afghan refugees can now do so via the donate button in their Uber app."
The company will match all contributions made in the app up to an additional $1 million.
"Together, all of these funds will be used to provide free rides, food deliveries, and freight, as well as essential services for Afghans, including medical care, case management, and resettlement support," the CEO said.
Uber will update its driver app and important support pages in Pashto and Dari to "make it even easier for Afghan refugees to access economic opportunities."
Khosrowshahi fled from Tehran with his family during the Iranian Revolution and recognizes the difficult decisions many Afghan families have to make, he said.
"We believe that empowering movement, whether physically, economically, or socially, changes the world for the better," he said. "Helping Afghans build a new life is part of this mission, and we will continue to support immigrants around the world who deserve the right to create a better future."
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