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About Us

Paloonkey is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in Washington, D.C. We are 100% volunteers.

Who We Are

Paloonkey consists of native, cultural, and language-trained experts who understand the political, cultural, ethnic, and religious nuances of Afghanistan’s open source landscape. We are Afghans, Americans, Europeans, US military veterans, LGBTQ+, women, and people with disabilities.

​Paloonkey's advantage is the value of our network. Our network consists of some of the most resilient and business-savvy professionals of Afghanistan who bravely risked their lives in high-conflict areas in pursuit of a better future.

For Paloonkey, this isn't just about submitting visa applications and paying for flights; we want a better future for our families, friends, colleagues, and descendants.

Paloonkey's Story

The Paloonkey team was first brought together on international development programs in Afghanistan over the last 20 years. Shoulder-to-shoulder, we empowered and educated Afghan people of all ages nationwide through illustrations, TV & radio, native literacy training, social science research, all-source intelligence, and "train the trainer" programs.

Leading up to the devastating fall of Kabul in 2021, we reconnected as seasoned professionals and combined our experience to launch this coordinated long-term effort.

Meet the Team


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