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What we do

Hands Up is a young and innovative charity that funds health and education programmes in Syria and neighbouring countries. Our aim is to make a positive difference to Syrians in need. We work directly with local organisations who know the needs and context of their local communities better than anyone. Our work is simple, positive and transparent.

We raise money and awareness through creative fundraising initiatives which give others a tangible way of helping. Having started out by holding Syrian-inspired feasts at our kitchen table in 2012, we have now raised over £4m.

Programmes

Since 2011 the lives of millions of Syrians have been shattered. More than half of Syria’s population have had to flee their home, including thousands of Syrian doctors and teachers, who are either internally displaced or have left as refugees. Many Syrian children have only ever known a country in conflict. Some do not know their country at all, never mind what a classroom looks like. The needs of Syrian children and families will remain constant for a number of years. 

Our Mission

We believe in giving people a hand up not a hand out and the personal dignity gained by empowering local Syrian communities to run their own projects. By supporting Hands Up you’re directly helping to provide sustainable support to doctors and teachers who provide vital services which strengthen the fabric of local society.

Hands Up partners with local organisations who deliver aid directly and effectively. For more information please see our Annual Report.

How You Can Help

There are so many ways to make a positive difference for Syrians and we all have the power to do something.

About Us

Hands Up was set up by four British friends. Inspired by our time in Damascus, we wanted to remind our friends in Syria that they have not been forgotten. For us, ‘Syria’ is the noise, colour and scent of spice souks, the birthplace of modern civilisation and the definition of hospitality. The idea behind everything Hands Up does is simple and positive; gather people together, remind them of Syria’s rich culture and do something good.

Hands Up is run by the Team in London Fields and governed by its Board of Trustees.

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