Vital support of Afghan children
Christina Lamb
pledging for
afghan connection
Every £1 you donate will be matched by £1 up to a maximum of £3,000
1st Dec 2015 at 5:30 PM
15th Jan 2016 at 5:00 PM
Why I'm pledging
As a foreign Correspondent for The Sunday Times, I have made frequent visits to Afghanistan. I met Dr Sarah Fane, the founder of Afghan Connection, in Kabul in 2002 and shortly afterwards became a patron of the charity.

Over the years I have witnessed the astounding progress which Sarah and her team have made. They have funded the construction of no fewer than 43 schools, trained thousands of teachers in the poorest, most remote areas, and built cricket pitches in 80 schools. All this has been achieved in the middle of a long-running war, and the benefits are evident:

• In 2001, only around 1 million children attended school. Now over 8 million do.
• In areas where barely a single adult woman can read or write, we now have almost every girl and boy attending school.
• Cricket has taken off, and is a force for peace. It brings communities together and unites the population in the way that only sport can.

Afghan Connection is an amazing success story, and now that Western troops have withdrawn, its work is more important than ever.

If you can find £50 to support this campaign, you will be helping to educate a new generation of Afghans - the doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow. These people are critical to the country's future. Your contribution will give Afghanistan's children the best chance of peace and prosperity they have.

Please donate if you can.

Thank you.

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