The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help the millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. UNHCR is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and has offices in 128 countries. UNHCR works to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR have helped well over 50 million refugees to successfully restart their lives and has been awarded two Nobel Peace Prizes, once in 1954 and again in 1981.UNHCR

In May 2016 the Asfari Foundation, together with the Said Foundation and the Hands Up Foundation, launched an 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, the International Rescue Committee, and the UN’s Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for their projects on refugee education. With funding from the Asfari Foundation, UNHCR is providing 55 Syrian refugees (64% females) in Jordan and Lebanon with DAFI scholarships. The scholarship supports refugees in accessing formal higher education, as well as scholars’ basic needs during their studies. The scholarship allocates funds to five areas: tuition/registration fees, books allowance, subsistence allowance, workshop/seminar/research costs and student social assistance costs. The DAFI programme serves as a foundation for social and professional development, allowing students to build careers in competitive fields of employment. The social returns of the DAFI programme exceed investment at the individual level. Highly educated refugees reduce economic and psychological dependence of whole communities in asylum, improving their self-reliance and preparing them for long-term solutions.