The Afghan Sports Trust is a newly-established charity which raises money to help fund grassroots sporting organisations in Afghanistan.
We’ve seen first-hand the role that sport can play in bringing people together and building confidence and trust in a country where those things can be in short supply. Individually and together, our trustees have a history of involvement with a number of amateur sports events and organisations in Afghanistan, and in 2020 we’ve turned that into a charity. By raising funds to help people in communities across Afghanistan, we believe we can continue to make a big difference to lives and opportunities in that very special country.
“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination.”Nelson Mandela
Resources for sports clubs and events can be hard to obtain, and access to them isn’t always possible in an equal way. We aim to focus particularly on young people, and initiatives which are committed to providing opportunities regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or language.
Some examples of projects with which we already have involvement can be found on the What We Do page, along with other organisations which we anticipate could also be part of our network in the future.
We see the activities supported by the AST as primarily fitting under two of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG3 (Good Health and Well-being) and SDG5 (Gender Equality).