Sarah Fane, Founder of Afghan Connection has been appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire(OBE) in recognition of her services to charitable work , particularly for young people in Afghanistan.
“It is a great privilege to be recognised with this honour. Afghan Connection is proud to have played a part in the great success story of education in Afghanistan which has seen enrolment in schools increase from just 1 million children in 2001 to over 9 million children today.
Our achievements have been possible only because of the small but superb team of dedicated people at Afghan Connection, our partnership with the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, and the extraordinary generosity of our donors, who have had the courage to support our work in education in one of the toughest environments in the world. Recognition too, must go to the M.C.C. who give us vital support for our cricket projects, helping us to bring joy and hope to thousands of children across 22 provinces of Afghanistan.
My inspiration comes from my own family, from the determination of the Afghan people to have their sons and daughters educated and from the children themselves, who want to be the generation to bring peace and prosperity to their country.
We are about to fund our 40th school and as the world starts to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, we will pledge to continue our support for the years ahead in the firm belief that education is the key to the future of Afghanistan.”