Fahim Zazai Awarded MBE For Services To The Community
3rd July 2024
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I am a former refugee from Afghanistan, I came to UK with nothing with no family and friends and no word of English. I started my life in the UK from zero and had to struggle to stand on my own feet, this give me strength and ability not only to help myself but it also give me the experience to help other in similar situation. my own experience encouraged me to work in the community to support other people in need, I wanted to pay something back to this country which gave me the safety and a chance to live a normal life. I worked in the volunteer in different place such as the London 2012 Olympic gam and other charities.


I wanted to be active part of the community and engage in the wider society, this led me to set off a charity myself call Afghan community and welfare centre based in Walsall in 2007, the aim of the charity is to help and support newly arrived families, refugee, support their positive integration so they can stand on their feet and contribute. I bee working in the community for over 15 years. My community work gave me the chance to work with different people from different background, hear their stories and support them. Working in the community taught me many things in life and most of all it gives the experience which I could never gain this knowledge in any university.


I have been awarded and recognised for my community work and contribute many times most recently I have been awarded MBE in the King's Birthday Honours List for my services to the community in West Midlands, particularly during Covid-19.


I believe I am very lucky person to be able to help other people in need and make a difference their lives, I always trying to go the extra mile, because of this I gain trust and respect in the community which is priceless.


I love to meet new people and be socialised, hear people stories and support them.

I love traveling and experience different cultures.


I have my unique style of leadership to bring people together and use their skills for the benefit of others.


As I am heavily involved in the community work, I love my work in the community to make a difference, its my passion, the demand for our community support services has been increasing in the last few years, we had to increase our capacity and services, the charity I run don’t have suitable premises, if I have a million pound I will be investing in the community, buy a build for the charity, it will help us effectively deliver the services needed in the in the community and enable us to bring more people together to enhance our diversity, and make a difference in people lives in the local community.




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