Google today has announced a new donation-matching campaign that it hopes will help it raise more than $11 million to aid the thousands of refugees currently living in European nations. In a blog post, Google employee Rita Masoud announced the new donation-matching program. Masoud is not a Google executive, but rather wrote the blog post due to her own experience fleeing Kabul with her family when she was seven-years-old.

The donations Google raises and matches will go towards four nonprofit organizations that are currently the leaders in providing aid to refugees in warring and impovrished European countries. Google is working with Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and UN High Commissioner for Refugees for its donation-matching program.

The program will see Google match the first $5.5 million that it raises via its refugees aid campaign. In the announcement blog post, Rita Masoud describes her experience fleeing from Kabul with her family at the age of seven:

My name is Rita Masoud and I am a refugee. I was born in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. When I was seven, my family and I fled to Europe with our belongings in a single suitcase, hoping for a safer and better future. Our journey involved many dark train and bus rides, as well as hunger, thirst, cold and fear. Fortunately, we received asylum in The Netherlands, where I grew up in a safe environment and was able to find my way in life. Today, I work for Google in California.

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