About Afghan Association Paiwand Ltd

Run by and for the refugee community, Afghan Association Paiwand Ltd is a charity and community organisation in North West London. For the last 16 years, we have helped refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants to build a happy life in the UK. Showing solidarity with both children and adults, we truly understand the unique and complex set of needs of this community. Get in touch today with any further enquiries. Get in touch today with any further enquiries.


Charity Number: 1139972                             Companies House Number: 6632483

Our Story

In 2002, a group of six friends who had fled conflict in Afghanistan persuaded a local school in Edgware to let them use their school on a Saturday. They set up a place for local refugee parents and children to learn more about their new home.

While the other founding members moved on with their lives, one person consistently worked hard to develop and expand Paiwand. Farid Mall stayed with us for 16 years, dedicating all this time to changing one small classroom into an organisation that serves over 2,000 people coming from all over the world across North West London.

At the end of 2017, we said goodbye to our beloved leader, Farid. The whole community wishes him the best in his joyful future venture. Here at Paiwand, we will continue in our mission to help and support refugees and vulnerable asylum seekers to settle and thrive in a different environment.

Our Values

With a dedicated team of expert staff and volunteers, we support the refugee community across North West London. Our key values are:

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  • Friendship – We stand in solidarity and friendship alongside all refugees and migrants.

  • Belief – No matter how ordinary or extraordinary a person’s dreams are, we have an unwavering belief in their ability to realize them.

  • Courage – We are inspired by the courage we see every day in the people we help.

  • Peace – We wholeheartedly and peacefully respect everyone, regardless of nationality, spiritual belief or politics.

Our Services

Paiwand provides a variety of services for adults and children in the community, including a Saturday school where classes range from Pashto and Dari to maths and English. We also provide support for teenagers who are living in the UK alone and adults who have a range of issues, including:

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  • Housing and Benefits

  • Mental Health

  • Employment

  • Immigration

  • Learning English

A Trusted Refugee Association

Our refugee association has the expertise and experience to support children and adults in the UK.

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