Afghan civilians welcomed at the airport of Fiumicino in Rome after arriving on a military plane from Kabul | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI
Afghan civilians welcomed at the airport of Fiumicino in Rome after arriving on a military plane from Kabul | Photo: ARCHIVE/ANSA/ANGELO CARCONI

The University of Florence has launched a fundraising program to help provide support to its Afghan students and to increase research activities.

The University of Florence said in a statement on Thursday (September 23) that it has launched a fundraising initiative to help its Afghan students. According to the statement, donations will be aimed at buying useful material for their studies and to boost research activities at the university.

The fundraising campaign is called Unifi Fast (Unifi For Afghan Students). Donations can be made through the network PagoPa -- the payment system in favor of public administrations and institutions that manage public services in Italy -- writing as payment description "Campagna Unifi - Fast."

"The entire community of the University of Florence is following with attention the developments of the Afghan emergency," organizers said. "The University intends to remain close to its students by demonstrating concrete solidarity through a fundraiser."

'Concrete solidarity for its Afghan students'

"The University intends to promote concrete solidarity for its Afghan students, urging personal participation to this initiative which is open to everybody. I will be the first to adhere with conviction," said the dean, Alessandra Petrucci.

The University of Florence is also promoting a permanent initiative of coordination on Afghanistan, which involves the municipality of Florence, the Careggi Hospital and the regional council of the guild of social workers (Croas Toscana).

The initiative will not only help Afghan students who are already in Italy and enrolled in courses at the University of Florence but also those who are stranded in Afghanistan, in the perspective of their return to the country.

More in general, the program will concern the integration of people coming from Afghanistan. The coordination program is headed by the dean, Alessandra Petrucci.

 

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