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Helping Afghans and Central Asians prosper in the UK.

We work with Afghans and Central Asians living away from their homeland, providing them with support, skills and knowledge to live and prosper in the UK.

Our wide range of services includes English language classes, employment workshops, a women’s support group, a Saturday school and homework club, youth and family support services, drop-in and telephone advice, volunteer placements, and cultural and social events. We provide outreach and visits to individuals and families in detention.

We also work in Afghanistan, where we are developing citizens advice centres in Kabul and Pul-e-Khumri, following a successful pilot project from 2013–2016. They will offer free, impartial and confidential advice, information, support and legal aid on issues including education, employment and domestic violence.

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A message from the director

Our vision at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association is fair treatment for all refugees who enter the UK. We seek improved quality of life for refugees, including successful integration into their host countries, improved human rights in the Afghan diaspora and in Afghanistan itself. All of ACAA’s projects, from citizens advice centres in Afghanistan to homework clubs and Saturday schools in the UK, seek to achieve this.

This commitment stems from my own journey: I arrived in the UK in 1999 as a refugee, unable to speak a word of English. While studying English at Lewisham College, the challenges I faced as a refugee trying to integrate into British society motivated me to action. I founded ACAA in 2001 to focus on the needs that I felt were unfulfilled when I first arrived as a refugee.

Equipped with a law degree from Southbank University, I was determined to make a meaningful contribution to improving the quality of life for refugees in the UK and for the people of Afghanistan. Ever since, our organisation has worked to advance this mission in areas whether in education and employment, or social cohesion.

Though we have achieved a lot, there is still much to do. With the support of people across the UK and in Afghanistan and Central Asia, I am confident that we can continue to go from strength to strength and make a real difference to the lives of the people we help.

Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi

The Team

Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi

Director

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Dr. Nasimi migrated to the UK in 1999 in the back of a refrigerated container. He founded ACAA in 2001 and has been at the heart of the charity as it has grown to offer a wide range of services.

Linda Duberley

Women's Empowerment Manager

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Linda Duberley is the Women’s Empowerment Manager at the ACAA. She has a background in coaching senior women leaders and uses her experience to support Afghan women facing tough challenges as they adapt to life in the UK following the fall of Kabul. She is an award winning journalist and communications consultant. She held key posts on three national newspapers and three international new channels before joining ITV’s flagship current affairs program, Tonight with Trevor McDonald. Linda is an Ambassador for The Victoria Foundation, a medical charity funding the next generation of medics.

Qadria Saeedi

Girls Football Project
Outreach Officer

Qadria is the Outreach Officer for the Girls Football Project. Her main role is to reach out to Afghan girls in the local community so they can benefit from participating in the Football Club. A large part of her role is explaining to parents the benefits of sport, especially for girls.

Hannah Finlayson

Girls Football Project Coordinator

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Hannah graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2021 with a degree in German and Politics, and is currently the Girls Football Project Co-ordinator. The aim of the project is to empower young Afghan and Muslim girls by using sport as a tool to develop not only their physical well-being, but also their mental wellbeing too by increasing social skills, confidence, and self-esteem. The sessions have been incredibly successful so far, with up to 60 girls playing football across two training sessions a week. We hope to continue expanding as a football club and developing the girls football skills further!

Sheekeba Nasimi

Legal and Development
Co-ordinator

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Sheekeba is the Legal and Development Coordinator. She coordinates legal advice services at the ACAA and works with colleagues, volunteers and external partners to ensure the legal advice clinic runs effectively. She runs monthly pro bono advice sessions with local law firms to provide advice and support on housing, employment, litigations and immigration cases. Sheekeba is also currently a law student at The University of Law.

Justine Seligson

ESOL Integration Manager

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Justine received her MSc in International Migration and Public Policy at LSE in 2021 and her BA in International Relations from Carleton College in 2019. Before working at ACAA she supported Syrian and Iraqi students in applying to university. At ACAA she manages the English language classes and other integration services, such as finding educational opportunities and preparing job applications.

Masooda Formuli

Women's Outreach Officer

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Masooda Formuli got a Bachelor of Arts in communication and minor in psychology from (UMCP) university of Maryland college park, USA in 2014 Masooda is the women’s outreach officer, she supports and engages women by running weekly women workshops.

Zekria Amiry

Outreach Officer

Zekria Amiry is the Outreach Officer at the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association since December 2021. Before that he was working as the TWG HR Admin and PCA manager for the British Embassy in Kabul. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Kabul University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Kardan University in Kabul.

Sharon Evans

Head of Partnerships and Volunteering

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Meena Uriakhil

Legal Support Officer

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Awards

British Citizen Award 2020

Awarded to Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi in recognition of his exceptionally positive impact on society and inspiration to others

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018

Awarded in recognition of the excellent work and central role volunteers play in the delivery of the essential services run by the ACAA

London Prestige Awards

Refugee Support Service of the Year 2019 for London

London Asian Business Awards

Community Award 2019

Youth Employment UK

Talent Match Mark Youth Friendly Gold Award

Mayor of Lewisham

Mayor’s Award for Voluntary Contribution
The Afghan Embassy in the UK recognised ACAA’s contributions in 2021, praising Dr. Nasimi for his dedication and the charity for its hard work advocating for the rights of Afghans and other refugees.

Supporters and Donors

Many thanks to all of our supporters and donors.