Lifting Hands International is an impact-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to providing clear and meaningful ways for you, your family, and your community to help refugees at home and abroad.

Our vision is to create a world where compassion transcends national, ethnic, religious, and political divides.

Since 2016, our dynamic and passionate team has responded to the ongoing refugee crisis by meeting the most immediate and vital needs of thousands of refugee families. With minimal overhead and a legion of volunteers, we fill gaps and rapidly adapt to conditions on the ground in ways larger organizations often can’t.

Our operational efficiency enables us to produce significant results:

  • LHI’s annual overhead expenditures have always remained below 10%

  • A worldwide team of volunteers dedicate more than 140,000 hours of service annually.

  • More than 90,000 refugees have received critical aid from LHI since its founding three years ago.

OUR CURRENT PROGRAMS

Lifting Hands: Rio Grande

We are now shipping aid to our southern US border, helping families who are in the US legally petitioning for asylum. We’ve seen refugees around the world fleeing violence and instability in the hopes of finding peace and opportunity. Now we have a humanitarian crisis on our own border.

Central American families seeking asylum at our southern border get off a bus after being released from a detention center.

Central American families seeking asylum at our southern border get off a bus after being released from a detention center.

LHI Refugee Center
Serres, Greece

Our full-time volunteer team provides vital services and activities for a camp of 1000+ Yazidi refugees in Northern Greece, such as trauma-informed dance and yoga, English and German classes, recreational activities, weekly fresh produce and hygiene distribution, and seasonal clothing distribution.

The LHI Library, housed in one of the three structures at our center in Serres, Greece.  Photo by David Lohmueller

The LHI Library, housed in one of the three structures at our center in Serres, Greece.
Photo by David Lohmueller

GATHER FOR GOATS
JORDAN

We distribute milk goats to Syrian families. The goats provide:

  • Daily milk and milk products

  • Sustainable source of nutrition

  • Offspring (this breed mostly produces twins)

Photo by Mike Walton, al-Mafraq Jordan

Photo by Mike Walton, al-Mafraq Jordan

humanitarian shipping
based in UTAH

LHI collects, sorts, and packs essential items into boxes, and partner organizations like HHRD ship and distribute the aid to refugees around the world. Destinations for our humanitarian aid supplies include Jordan, Lebanon, Somalia, Bangladesh, and as of 2019, our southern US border.

LHI volunteers in Utah prepare aid supplies for shipping.

LHI volunteers in Utah prepare aid supplies for shipping.


OUR PAST PROGRAMS:

SOLAR LIGHTS FOR YAZIDIS
NORTHERN IRAQ

Thousands of refugees are living in camps without electricity. Solar lights are essential for safety and allows for activity after the sun has gone down. In 2018, we personally distributed 3,000 solar lights to Yazidi refugees in Kurdistan (northern Iraq).

Photo by David Lohmueller, Northern Iraq

Photo by David Lohmueller, Northern Iraq


Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery to wake to a better day.
— Nadia Hashimi, When the Moon is Low