Lifting Hands International started in March 2016 and grew from a handful of people to a full-blown movement. 

We've been able to achieve the following with minimal overhead and an incredible volunteer base. 

serres, greece program

  • Wonderful team of full-time volunteers and coordinators run the program for the benefit of 450 residents of Serres camp.
  • Center consists of 3 large structures 100 meters from the camp.
  • English and German classes for all ages, genders, and levels.
  • Library of Arabic books with hundreds of titles.
  • Weekly distribution of fresh vegetables, dry food, and hygiene packs.
  • Our dedicated volunteers teach English, German, guitar, singing, dancing, trauma-informed yoga to children, men, and women alike.
  • When Serres camp got shut down due to severe winter conditions, the residents were scattered into 10 different hotels in a village an hour away from the camp for the duration of the winter. We rented a space in the village and have continued to provide our services .

Gather for goats in jordan

  • Have provided 576 milk-producing goats for Syrian refugees living in Jordan.
  • Will reach goal of distributing 800 goats in March 2018.
  • Partnered with Jordanian organization Jabal Zamzam to identify the most vulnerable families, conduct monthly check-ins with recipient families, and take sick goats for treatment. 

SPONTANEOUS INTERNATIONAL AID

  • Funded three shipping containers from groups in the UK to the Greek island of Lesvos and another from Denmark to Serbia.
  • We fund a refugee-run kitchen in one of the several Greek island detention centers  for refugees who arrived after the EU/Turkey deal and are thus indefinitely stranded. 
  • Provided 1,100 pair of boots for refugees stranded in Moria camp in Greece.
  • Providedd 6,000 pair of men's underwear for refugees in the now-disbanded Calais "the Jungle" camp.
  • Provided 6 weeks worth of food for Lavrion camp.
  • Provided several week's worth of food for the "squats" (abandoned buildings where homeless refugees live) in Athens.
  • and MANY more. 

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT 

COLLABORATION

  • We regularly partner with LDS-Charities, Human Relief Foundation, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD), Jabal Zamzam, Shropshire Music Foundation, and more.
  • We are grateful for many organizations and foundations who have provided us aid in Greece, such as Help Refugees, Mara Foundation, Carry the Future, and more.

Resettlement Assistance PROGRAM

  • Completely set up 200+ incoming refugee family apartments in the Phoenix area, all with community donations. The only thing we paid for was warehouse rent, all of the money for which was generously donated by a local supporter. 
  • Christmas program: 100 local AZ families each adopted a refugee family and brought them gifts to welcome them to their new country and provide friendship. 
  • Hosted 45+ Eagle Scout projects.

shipping humanitarian aid PROGRAM

  • We have shipped 6 containers of aid to Jordan and Lebanon.
  • Our partner org Helping Hand for Relief and Development assesses need on the ground, and our hundreds of generous donors help meet it. 
  • LHI team visited Helping Hand for Relief and Development in Amman, Jordan in March 2017. We visited several refugee camps and families that will benefit from our shipments.
Getting involved made me love refugees even more! And seeing the out pouring of donations from people helped me see that there are still good people out there!
— Kjera C., volunteer