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AAF cricket event announced for 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019 · Posted in News

Lady Richards, founder of the Afghan Appeal Fund has announced that the charity will be holding its fifth ‘Day of Cricket’ with Afghan Connection at the prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Sunday 22 September 2019. Lord Richards’ XI captained by Kamal Alam will be up against Sandhurst, the Authors XI and Freshfields for what promises to be another entertaining day out. Funds raised will go to the two charities both… Read more

Helmand school thriving

Posted on December 28, 2018 · Posted in News

The school the AAF has helped to fund in Helmand province is busier than ever with 1,660 boys in 12 grades and a growing enrolment of over 1,100 girls in grades 1-9. The government is providing 32 teachers for 18 classrooms of boys in the morning, and 14 classrooms of girls in the afternoon. With the addition of four female teachers, older girls are streaming in to enrol. Outdoor work in 2018 was focused on painting the… Read more

Helmand School expanded further

Posted on February 7, 2017 · Posted in News

Despite ongoing fighting in the area, the school in Helmand we are building with Mohammad continues to grow with the consent of all local groups. New classrooms are being added to the first floor to accommodate the ever expanding student population. It is such promising progress for local families at a time of turbulence and uncertainty. Thanks to all those who continue to generously support this incredible project. We still… Read more


Play the Game – AAF cricket match 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 · Posted in News

SANDHURST: The relationship between sport and empire is well established. In 1892, Sir Henry John Newbolt wrote Vitai Lampada or the The Torch of Life. It described how boys playing cricket in schools like Eton (in fact, Newbolt was referring to a rival school, Clifton College) were taught to prepare for life in imperial service. As a boy, he plays the game: There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight—… Read more


David Loyn of the BBC supports AAF school in Helmand

Posted on April 26, 2016 · Posted in News

“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… Read more

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Film director Phil Grabsky raises over £1500 for women’s teacher training in Afghanistan

Posted on April 20, 2016 · Posted in News

Award winning film director Phil Grabsky has raised over £1500 for the Afghan Appeal Fund running the Brighton Marathon. Phil, who produced and directed ‘The Boy Mir‘ and ‘The Boy Who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan‘, has been supporting two women in Northern Afghanistan through their teacher training course for the past 2 years to enable them to teach at a small school in Mir’s village where the girls cannot currently… Read more

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AAF Cricket Match 2016

Posted on March 10, 2016 · Posted in News

We are delighted to announce that the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst are kindly hosting our 5th annual cricket match on Sunday 10th July, sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  

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Helmand school flourishing

Posted on July 30, 2015 · Posted in News

The school we have built in Nad-e-Ali Helmand is flourishing. 1700 students are attending in grades 1 through 12 including 550 girls in grades 1 through 6. The school comprises: 24 classrooms 2 teachers offices 2 storage rooms 1 canteen 32 latrines 2 computer labs 2 wells 1 library A school committee of 6 elders is responsible for overseeing the administration.  The school has been officially approved by Helmand province education… Read more

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Latest news from the Afghan Appeal Fund June 2015

Posted on June 15, 2015 · Posted in News

A message from Caroline Richards Two years ago, following the shocking murder of Lee Rigby on the streets of London, the head of the security services rang my husband who was then Chief of the Defence Staff. He had a message for the Armed Forces. ‘Will you please tell your men that no terrorist act has been planned or perpetrated from Afghanistan since they deployed to Afghanistan as part of… Read more

‘Afghanistan – Unfinished Business?’ at RCDS

Posted on December 1, 2014 · Posted in News

November 2014: A superb evening and full house at RCDS for ‘Afghanistan – Unfinished Business?’ hosted by the Afghan Appeal Fund. Fascinating and insightful panel discussion from (L-R) economist John Dowdy, author Ahmed Rashid, journalist and panel chair Robert Fox, previous Chief of the Defence Staff General the Lord Richards and past UK Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir William Patey. Thank you to everyone who came – we hope you enjoyed… Read more