Shamim Akhter was born in Uganda and in 1967 Shamim and her family fled to the UK just before Idi Amin came into power. Life was met with resistance and family disruptions. Despite the stress and upheavals she worked hard to support her son and to make a better future for him. These efforts and belief proved successful when Kashif was recognised as an international footballer and has led to him co-founding Football for Peace. Inspired by his mother to help others who suffer from a lack of understanding, prejudice and ignorance. Her ethos and message is to have a strong belief that we all have it inside us to find a way to succeed – but we have to find our spiritual side to help us through.
Shamim now supports the Football for Peace global campaigns through Football For Peace Foundations to promote prosperity. Kashif has made it his mission to equip his mother and empower her back to pave the way for other mothers.