WHO ARE WE
We are a volunteer-run non-profit association working with refugee-led initiatives to provide community-based support. We aim to contribute to improving the living conditions and future prospects for those who face profound systemic injustice and ongoing hardship, through both direct support and advocacy efforts.
We don’t practise “parachute charity” where we drop off aid and leave. Rather, our ethos is to build strong and lasting relationships, based on mutual trust and respect with the individuals and communities we work with.
Our core mission is to respond to, collaborate with, and support marginalised refugee communities, in particular the Yazidi community, in ways that uplift, empower and lead to immediate and long-term improved life conditions and social justice outcomes, in-line with international human rights standards. We are also dedicated to raising awareness within the broader global community, towards overcoming prejudice and discrimination, and increasing solidarity, empathy and compassionate human connections.
WHAT WE DO
Our team works in close collaboration with at-risk refugee communities. Through our three operational programs, we aim to: provide direct in-kind material support, contribute to the preservation of culture and identity, raise awareness within the broader community about systemic injustice, and advocate for long-term solutions for community safety, human rights fulfillment and justice. Throughout all our work we seek to build resilience, hope and solidarity.
Inevitably, as a small organisation, our reach and impact is limited. However, we have found that our approach of working in close collaboration with communities enables us to have a highly effective direct impact, compared to other, larger aid-providing organisations.
DISCLAIMER - UHfR & SAFETY
For the safety of both the refugee communities we work with and our team and volunteers, we cannot share any in-depth details, identifying images or specific information about our projects or community activities, nor can we make any comments which may be construed as critical. We recognise that this limitation may make it difficult for our global supports to fully appreciate the scope and impact of our work, however the safety and security of the community and our volunteers is our highest priority. Therefore, we appreciate your understanding and welcome you to contact us directly if you are interested to learn more about the details of our work.
Volunteering and supporting social projects is not just about giving, but it is always a give-and-take. By sharing what we can, we get back way more than we first though. I’m glad to be part of UHfR because it’s the perfect example that ordinary people can do extraordinary work.