“…Not only does this splendid charity offer hope to many young Afghans, providing them with schools and vital equipment, but it also, crucially, strives to work with the grain of the local culture, using local labour, local materials and local building crafts, addressing the difficult issues facing the population in a practical and pragmatic manner…”
His Royal Highness Prince of Wales in his foreword for the Buzkashi Ball, March 2010 – see in full
“Education is the cornerstone of our efforts to empower our children with the skills and knowledge to build a better future for Afghanistan. In this regard, I wish to thank you and other members of the Fund for supporting the construction and equipping of schools. We greatly appreciate your endeavors on behalf of the children of Afghanistan.”
President Hamid Karzai in his letter to Caroline, Lady Richards, Feb 2013 – see in full
“The problems facing education in Afghanistan are numerous, but the Afghan Appeal Fund is tackling them head on and striving to make a better life for those affected.”
Lord Richards GCB CBE DSO ADC Gen., previous Chief of the Defence Staff and AAF Patron
“On your wonderful school… I have twice visited the AAF’s school in Helmand and been impressed with the progress made between my two visits. I have seen a lot of Afghan schools, and this one has far more of a sense of organisation and purpose than many.
Simple, but really vital things, such as the provision of good toilets, has all been managed with real professionalism. Clever methods ensure that it is possible for girls to come, and to stay beyond the basic primary years. There is pride in local innovation, such as a solar-powered water pump, made of old car parts, which enables builders to finish the rooves properly.
The overseer Mohammad presides over it all with a relaxed eminence. He has been skilful in defusing any local threats and he remains on good terms with all of the local power brokers. I will never forget visiting the local polling station during the presidential election in 2014, and seeing him holding court in the middle of a group of local farmers – spinning stories and making new friends. The school is just the kind of locally run organisation that it is really worth supporting in Afghanistan, because you can see so clearly where the money goes.”
David Loyn, BBC Afghanistan Correspondent
“Many thanks for all the wonderful support AAF has delivered into Helmand over the years. You have fundamentally changed the lives of hundreds of children who now receive education – no small feat and an incredible legacy as the UK prepares for the final drawdown out of Helmand.“
Jim Haggerty OBE, UK Provincial Reconstruction Team, Helmand Dec 2013