The Hands Up Foundation

The Hands Up Foundation Christmas Appeal

We're raising £40,000 to help provide education and health services to vulnerable Syrian communities whose lives have been shattered by conflict. This work provides salaries for Syrian professionals, school for Syrian refugees and basic healthcare for thousands of people each year.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1156491)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Refugees/Asylum SeekersRefugees/Asylum Seekers


Multiple locations


Over ten years of conflict in Syria have devastated the country and shattered the lives of millions. Syrians have lost their families, homes and jobs as well as basic services. Many skilled professionals (notably doctors, nurses and teachers) have left the country, leaving behind a vacuum of skills in communities which can barely sustain themselves. It is vital that these people are not forgotten and left without access to proper education and health services.


We believe in giving Syrians a hand up not a handout, and in the dignity gained by empowering local Syrian communities. We put our confidence in Syrian expertise to run local projects, nimbly delivering aid to wherever it is needed most. Working with local partners, we provide solutions to health and education issues facing Syrian communities inside Syria and other countries where they now find themselves. These projects are designed to be sustainable, providing employment for Syrians.

  • After years of living in a makeshift camp, with the work of our incredible partner the Molham Team, Youssef was finally given the chance to leave this tough life behind and relocate into a housing unit. “Finally I can sleep inside a house, not a tent, but nothing is like our home”.

    — Youssef