Biographies of the six organisations involved in the Hands Up for Syria Appeal
The Saïd Foundation is a British charity set up by Wafic and Rosemary Saïd. It believes in the power of education to transform lives, communities and societies for the better. For 30 years, it has provided educational opportunities to talented young people and enhanced the capabilities of those working to relieve need and combat disadvantage in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and the UK.
The Asfari Foundation is a British charitable foundation set up by Ayman and Sawsan Asfari. They envision a world where educated, tolerant citizens work together for inclusive, productive, open societies under the rule of law. Working with capable partner organisations, the Foundation aims to educate and empower young people, strengthen civil society and provide relief to those in need from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon and the UK.
The Hands Up Foundation is an innovative charity that was set up by four British friends. United by a sense of sadness at the unfolding crisis in Syria and inspired by their time in Damascus, they wanted to remind their friends in Syria that they had not been forgotten. Now a UK registered charity, run by young volunteers, Hands Up raises money and awareness through creative fundraising initiatives in the UK, including the Syrian Supper Club, MarmalAid and Singing for Syrians.
International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. It has been responding to the crisis in Syria since 2012, delivering emergency services and long-term support to Syrians displaced within their own country and to refugees throughout the region. Through education programmes in the region, IRC ensures that even the hardest to reach children in the most challenging places are able to go to school and thrive.
Save the Children saves children’s lives. It fights for their rights and helps them fulfil their potential. Across Syria and the surrounding regions Save the Children distributes food, warm clothes, blankets and tents to families and runs programmes to protect children. It helps children get back to school, trains teachers and provides early childhood development sessions for young children. Save the Children has reached 2.4 million children across the region so far.
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) offers all-round direct support to refugees and other displaced people. It works in 125 countries to protect and provide life-saving assistance to some 60 million people affected by conflict. In Syria, it has provided emergency aid to 3.5 million people and helped 658,000 children in the region access education. A key part of its response has been to provide access to higher education to equip Syrian refugees with the resources to rebuild their lives.