On Friday 13th October, ACAA met with Michael Fallon MP at his constituency office in Sevenoaks. This meeting was organised by one of our volunteers, Rachel O’Donnell (featured far right). It proved to be a highly productive and beneficial conversation.
The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the Secretary of State for Defence to our organisation’s work in the U.K. and Afghanistan, including the highly successful Citizens’ Advice Centres we ran in Kabul and Pul-e Khumri between 2013-2016 and our engagement with the Hounslow and Lewisham communities.
Mr Fallon was extremely interested in the story of our founding and our journey into the U.K. as refugees in the back of a refrigerated container. We were extremely happy to realise that Mr Fallon and the organisation shared many interests. These included the integration of refugees into British society, the prevention of political extremism and the provision of efficient mental health services in the Afghan community.
We are proud to be a grassroots organisation dedicated to serving the refugee communities across London, open six days a week, and continually learning from our experiences in order to improve and advance.
The meeting was a great addition to a timeline of progression that we are extremely proud of at the ACAA. We draw from our experiences in the U.K. as well as our unique position as Afghan refugees to contribute further to the protection and integration of British society.
We look forward to collaborating with Michael Fallon MP and other politicians to further our progress and work towards shared aims.