Afghanistan and Central Asian Association
ACAA supports the integration of Afghan refugees in the UK and promotes human rights and justice inside Afghanistan.The Afghanistan and Central Asian Association was founded in 2001 by Dr Nooralhaq Nasimi, who arrived in the UK with his wife and young children in 1999 seeking refuge from persecution at the hands of the Taliban. Prompted by his own experiences integrating into British society, Dr Nasimi, with the support of the local authority in Lewisham, sought to provide grassroots, frontline support for the refugee and migrant community through education, advice and advocacy. The main aim of the charity is to promote integration and British values through ESOL classes, Saturday School, Women's Group, Free Legal advice, cultural events, CV-writing, employment workshops, training courses and conferences. In Afghanistan, we promote human rights and access to justice through our Citizens Advice Centres and digging wells to improve access to clean water supply. Over the past 18 years we have continued to grow from strength to strength, and our charity has expanded its geographical base from Lewisham to Croydon, Hounslow and Ealing and received last year the Queen’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service in communities 2018.