Donor, Patron and Writer
"It is the passion and the determination and the courage that sets Afghan Connection apart. Here is no wishful thinking, but direct action to bring girls into education in Afghanistan. This has already made a major contribution to the lives of those concerned, has given hope for the future in a country that cries out for hope, and positive action to go with it. Of course it is the dedication of Sarah and her inspired team that has brought this about. They need our support, all we can give, but more importantly, so do the young people of Afghanistan. Let us give them the chance, the life opportunities that they so earnestly need."
Donor and Patron
"Having got to know about the work of the Afghan Connection a few years ago, it became abundantly clear to me that Dr. Sarah Fane and her very small and dedicated band of helpers have achieved amazing results in bringing education, and in particular education for girls, to so many children in Afghanistan. We have been delighted to support the work of AC through our family charitable trust."
Donor, Patron and Chairman of Cricket at the MCC
"As both a modest donor and as President of the MCC, I am thrilled to be able to recommend Afghan Connection and Sarah Fane unreservedly. One of the MCC’s key objectives is to support the development of cricket round the world. For a number of reasons we decided to support the development of cricket in Afghanistan and needed a partner whose values and commitment matched ours, whose expertise in creating and delivering sustainable yet essential projects was unmatched and who “got” the big picture in that remarkable country and how cricket could play a role in building a better future. In Sarah and Afghan Connection we found a perfect partner and we are thrilled to have supported since 2009. To date Afghan Connection has built 100 cricket pitches, qualified countless coaches and run camps for boys and girls all round Afghanistan. The impact has been beyond our wildest dreams."
Headmistress of St. Catherines, Bramley, Twin School initiative
"St Catherine's, Bramley, a girls' independent school in Surrey, is very proud to have supported Dr Sarah Fane and Afghan Connection for a decade. Initially we joined the school partnership programme and now we do all we can to assist with the school building projects. Our students - girls - are particularly engaged with the task of helping improve the education for their peers in Afghanistan. This makes this a special charity for us to support and over the years we have raised significant sums of money as well as engaging in dialogue with our partner schools. Our work with Afghan Connection is a way of life for us. We know we are part of an amazing initiative which will continue to provide a legacy in Afghanistan when UK troops withdraw."
Mike Atherton OBE
“The power of sport, in this case cricket, to change, inspire and empower communities has never been better illustrated in recent years than through the story of the Afghanistan cricket team, which has risen to prominence despite overwhelming challenges. Since 2002, Afghan Connection has been working tirelessly, using education and sport, to provide opportunities to young people, often brought up in extremely challenging situations. By providing facilities, coaching and equipment, Afghan Connection has given thousands of boys and girls the opportunity to play and enjoy a life-enhancing game. I’m delighted to support these endeavours.”