Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Wales' largest youth organisation, is assisting in the relocation of families who need urgent temporary accommodation following the evacuation from Afghanistan.

Staff at the charity are preparing to welcome the arrival of the first Afghan families seeking refuge in Wales, working closely with the Government and partner organisations.

The organisation will look after the refugees by providing meals and accommodation, while also playing a role in assisting with resettlement and planning sport, arts, and educational activities.

This morning, the Government confirmed Wales will welcome more than 200 Afghan refugees, with 50 families making the move.

The Welsh youth movement has previously done humanitarian work including fundraising to provide ambulances for liberated communities in Poland following the Second World War; helping survivors of the Aberfan disaster; supporting young victims of the Chernobyl disaster; ensuring new water wells in Sudan.

In recent years, Urdd staff and members have worked at a refugee camp in Slovenia, an orphanage in Poland and have held sports activities with hundreds of young girls in Kenya.

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In 2019, its residential centre in Llangrannog arranged an event for 200 Syrian refugees living locally to come together and share their experiences.

Siân Lewis, Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru said: “This has been a huge team Wales effort across all sectors, and we are grateful to our partners for enabling us to open our doors as a refuge to families seeking shelter and safety.

“We are proud to help the people of Afghanistan and continue to share with our members the importance of loyalty to country and culture but also to humanity and a higher good. 

"As a national youth organisation, offering support, friendship and a helping hand to the Afghan community in their time of need is at the core of our values.”

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