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.
Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi
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.
ESOL Integration ManagerContact
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 languages classes and other integration services, such as finding educational opportunities and preparing job applications.
Girls Football Project
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.
Girls Football Project Co-ordinatorContact
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!
Supplementary School Co-ordinatorContact
Niloufar graduated from Tehran University with a Microbiology degree. She then came to the UK and carried on to study Health and Science. She has 15 years of experience in teaching Primary schools and is also currently teaching in an academy of dance. The Supplementary School project is designed to support disadvantaged children from Afghan and BAME backgrounds with one-to-one homework support, Farsi and Pashto classes as well as classes in core National Curriculum KS1, KS2, KS3 and GCSE level subjects to marginalised and underachieving young people in the area.
Zekria arrived to the UK through the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (ARAP) after the fall of Afghanistan in August 2021. Zekria Amiry has worked as an 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.
Legal and Development
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.
Women's Outreach OfficerContact
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.
Women's Empowerment ManagerContact
Linda Duberley is the Women’s Empowerment Director 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.
Partnerships and Volunteer CoordinatorContact
British Citizen Award 2020Awarded to Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi in recognition of his exceptionally positive impact on society and inspiration to others
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018Awarded in recognition of the excellent work and central role volunteers play in the delivery of the essential services run by the ACAA
London Prestige AwardsRefugee Support Service of the Year 2019 for London
London Asian Business AwardsCommunity Award 2019
Youth Employment UKTalent Match Mark Youth Friendly Gold Award
Mayor of LewishamMayor’s Award for Voluntary Contribution
Supporters and Donors
Many thanks to all of our supporters and donors.