Airbnb offers free accommodation for 20,000 Afghan refugees

Online accommodation platform Airbnb has said it will temporarily house 20,000 Afghan refugees at no charge to help them resettle across the world.
The company’s boss said the move was in response to “one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time”. He said the firm felt a responsibility to step up.

Chief executive Brian Chesky added: “I hope this inspires other business leaders to do the same. There’s no time to waste. “”As tens of thousands of Afghan refugees resettle around the world, where they stay will be the first chapter in their new lives. For these 20,000 refugees, my hope is that the Airbnb community will provide them with not only a safe place to rest and start over, but also a warm welcome home,” he said.

The offer starts immediately and the company said it was working with non-governmental organisations “on the ground” to help with the most pressing needs. It has not specified how much the company plans to spend on the initiative or how long refugees will be housed for. But it said it would collaborate with resettlement agencies and partners “to go where the need goes” and evolve the initiative and its support as necessary. “Starting today, Airbnb will begin housing 20,000 Afghan refugees globally for free,” Mr Chesky tweeted on Tuesday. “While we will be paying for these stays, we could not do this without the generosity of our hosts.”
The company said the cost of the stays would be funded through contributions from Airbnb and Mr Chesky, as well as donors to the Airbnb.org Refugee Fund.

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-58315378

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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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