Find out how you can get involved and make a difference today!
There are many more opportunities to get involved with Afghan Connection, besides donating money. Our campaigners help to spread the word about the challenge of providing education and sport in Afghanistan in a number of different ways.
Whether it’s suggesting a book club reading, hosting a fundraising event, using our teachers toolkit to learn more about the challenges facing children in Afghanistan or simply sharing our videos with friends and family, do please get involved today!
Below are a range of events and activities you can try out for yourselves. Have a look and get involved!
How can you get involved?
- Fundraising News
- Shop online and raise money
- Use Our Teaching Material
- Fundraising Ideas
- Video Diary
We owe a huge thank you to Downe House School girls, who got out of bed at 6am to walk in solidarity with the girls in Afghanistan who walk such long distances to reach school each day. £30 will educate a child for a year and all funds raised from the walk will be matched by ALMT and will support children in our community based schools. Fantastic effort!
Shop online and earn money for AC
If you shop online there’s now an easy and free way for you to support Afghan Connection.
We’ve teamed up with easyfundraising who provide a shopping directory listing some of your favourite online stores. Hundreds of popular retailers are participating including Amazon, M&S, Vodafone, eBay, Tesco, Viking and over 3000 others.
All you need to do is use the links provided on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online. The retailer will then give Afghan Connection up to 15% of every purchase you make – it’s that simple!
It doesn’t cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds in this way, and you can even save money as many retailers give exclusive discounts, special offers and even 'e-vouchers' exclusive to easyfundraising.
If you already shop online why not help raise extra funds for us by using this completely free service? Follow the instructions on http://www.easyfunding.org.uk/ to find out how.
Use Our Teaching Material
Challenge and inspire your pupils to care about those less fortunate than themselves.
Ask people about Afghanistan, and they will talk of the war and its troubled history. Help us to change those perceptions. Our teaching resources aim to help pupils understand the rich culture and traditions of Afghanistan, to appreciate its beauty and potential, and to show how, through education, the country has a chance to develop a strong economy, a stable society and its own promising future.
Our Teacher's Toolkit has a wealth of resources and lesson plans designed to encourage your students to think critically about the issues facing Afghanistan's children. It forms a central part of our School Campaign, in which students can explore the Global Dimension of their curriculum and, by helping us to educate Afghan children, become better Global Citizens.
School Campaign - Teacher's Toolkit
Download Millennium Development Goal 2 - Universal Primary Education (includes detailed background information, lesson plans and resources): millennium-development-goal-2---universal-primary-education.pdf
Download Afghanistan Presented - an illustrated guide to Afghanistan's geography, history, culture and people: afghanistan-presented.pdf
Download UNESCO - 'International Days' - Presentations on World Teacher's Day (world-teachers-day.pdf), International Day of the Girl (international-day-of-the-girl.pdf) and International Literacy Day (international-literacy-day.pdf), each with detailed references to Afghanistan's progress in each vital area.
Watch the story of Afghan Connection's work in the remote District of Hindu Kush, told by by award-winning filmmaker and photographer, Leslie Knott, and narrated by one of the most inspiring story-teller's of our time, AC Patron, Michael Morpurgo.
Follow Dr Sarah Fane, CEO and Founder of AC, as she visits AC-run school projects and cricket tournaments in October.
Download our Education4Afghanistan equation to fill in with an inspiring thought or message: education4afghanistan.pdf
Fundraise for us and play a part in changing the lives of some of the world's poorest children.
With your friends, at work, as a family, school, parish or just yourself, there are so many ways you might fundraise: sponsorship events, coffee mornings, auctions etc. However you choose to raise money, you can have fun supporting our work.
Here are some ideas to get you going.
Download and amend our poster to help advertise your event.
"Walk to school"
The children who attend our schools in Afghanistan will often walk for hours, on empty stomachs, in freezing weather conditions, and many without shoes, to gain access to the education their parents were denied. Would the pupils in your schools be persuaded to see how this feels one morning before lessons? It costs just £35 to send a child to school in Afghanistan. Can your pupils ask family and friends to award them with just £35 sponsorship for their efforts?!
Raise funds in your area
Raise funds while having fun and making new friends - host a coffee morning, or download our recommended Reading List for Book Clubs here. We challenge you not to feel inspired after reading these extraordinary stories.
Organise a collection
Fundraising can be as straightforward as putting a collection box on display. Plenty of venues will welcome charity donations such as shops, pubs and post offices or you could simply have one out at home for your loose change!
Do you have your own fundraising idea?
Want to put on an event, do a crazy challenge or fulfill a lifelong dream? We have supported all sorts of events, from beanie making to cycling the perimeter of the UK. Please do get in touch, we’d love to help.
Video diary filmed by Leslie Knott
Read Sarah Fane's blog of her trip by following the links at the top of this page.