Hands Up Foundation

The Hands Up Foundation is a registered UK charity and Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Set up in 2014 by four friends who spent time living and working in Syria, its main aims are to raise awareness and funds for Syria’s most vulnerable people. It works with partner organisations working on the ground in and around Syria, carefully identifying projects it believes will have maximum impact for those in need, including prosthetic limbs clinics on the Turkish border with Syria, and supporting the salaries of medical staff in Aleppo. The Hands Up Foundation is particularly well known for its Syrian Supper Club and MarmalAid fundraising campaigns. In May 2016 the Asfari Foundation, together with the Said Foundation and the Hands Up Foundation launched a Hands Up for Syria Appeal for Syrian refugee education. All donations were matched by the Asfari and Said Foundations, raising a total of £8,259,682 to be donated to Save the Children, IRC, and the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for their projects on refugee education. The Hands Up Foundation launched its Singing for Syrians initiative (a series of carol concerts across the UK), in December 2016.

Between 2016-18 the Asfari Foundation is funding the organisational growth of the Hands Up Foundation, allowing it to improve its day-to-day running and therefore to play even more of a crucial role in raising awareness of the conflict in Syria and raising funds for Syrians in need. Asfari Foundation funding will contribute towards the Foundation’s publicity, research, events, staff salaries and London-based office space, helping it to continue to expand its important work for Syrians.