Monday, 6 September 2021

Rohingya Tube well Project

Access to safe and clean Water is a major problem in the Rohingya refugee camps of Bangladesh. There are problems with collection, transport of water and storage of water. Inadequate and unsafe drinking water and limited sanitation facilities have given rise to a number of diseases including cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea.

During the extended Covid19 lockdown in the camps, most NGOs have scaled back their activities. There have  been a number of consequences.  One major impact is that many tube wells, managed by those NGOs or camp authorities, have fallen into disrepair and are  not being serviced by the NGOs.   Additionally, water is rationed with only twice daily provisions at the water points. Long queues build up causing problems.  

Women and children  have faced the brunt of these lockdown outcomes in terms of water collection and transportation.

Over the past year #HANDS4ROHINGYA, a HANDS International project, have built over a dozen  tube wells in the Rohingya refugee camps, each one serving approximately 70 families. These families benefit by not having to go to distant water points, and queueing is also reduced substantially.  Each tube well costs £270 in order to dig to a depth of 220 feet.  Donors are provided with a name plate within the cost.

Please donate generously here.

Monday, 30 August 2021

Rohingya Photography Competition

We are unable to deliver outside the UK currently. Please contact Please select image number and specify Matt or Silk.

Photograph No./ Silk or Matt

Sunday, 30 May 2021

Gaza Food Fair

 When ‘HANDS International’ and ‘Palmers Green Mosque’ decided to take action for Gaza in our community by holding our Gaza Food Fair, we didn’t expect to uncover such a hurtful undertone in our community, as well as a deep desire of wanting to contribute. 

Yes, as many other charities aimed, we also wanted to raise humanitarian funds for the beautiful people of Gaza who have been affected by recent events. However, during the process of planning for the event over the past 8 days, we uncovered the underlying hurt, the heartache, the sympathetic pain almost, the determination and resolve to outwardly demonstrate the connectivity through ummah, essentially the brother/sister-hood that was being felt in our community after recent events. As ‘HANDS International’ and ‘Palmers Green Mosque’ progressed it quickly became apparent that our responsibility also lay not only with our brothers and sisters in Palestine, but also with our own community here who are almost traumatised, well, at least yearning and felt duty bound to make things better for our siblings 2,200 miles away. 

Our community needed an ‘outlet’ as such, at a time when a few clicks to a donation page doesn’t just cut it for the suffering we also feel. We needed to enable our community to come together in some capacity at least, and what better place that the centre of our community, our beautiful Mosque in Palmers Green, Alhamdulillah. 

We reached out to our community, our sisters, our brothers, our aunties and even our uncles, we reached out to any of those who had the skillset to cook delicious food. We asked you to cook your best dishes, bake your best efforts, and Alhamdulillah you did deliver. You, our beautiful community made over 1,500 portions of home-cooked food, that most of you even came and sold personally to raise funds. Alhamdulillah, the beautiful smiles, the lovely little laughs, the excitement, combined with the blessed shining sun created such a community, that came together as one local ummah in sympathy of our Palestinian siblings.  

A sister mentioned that as people purchased her food that she cooked with her own bare hands in the early morning (after working a 60 hour week), she mentioned such a feeling of community, such a feeling of love that she almost felt as though she was feeding Palestinians, Subhan'Allah. 

With our beautiful community today, we Alhamdulillah raised over £12,000 for food, water, medical and shelter facilities in Gaza, but much more than that, we raised our spirits as a community, we came together to support each other and that is priceless. Cliché? Yes, but still nevertheless so very heartfelt and true. 

We are aware that some of you didn’t have the ability to be present in person today, but you still arranged food, inspired, pushed & promoted our event, even with Duas. For that, we love you just as much. Alhamdulillah. May Allah SWT reward your efforts abundantly also. 

We have all been feeling disheartened recently, some of us, so much so that a dear brother felt a great sense of guilt to even celebrate Eid after our Ramadan fasts ended. 

After the sympathetic trauma we also experience, we need not forget that our actions, our community, our love for our ummah will help us a little at least. 

Our mosque is the centre of our community, but only when each one of you is part of our active community. Please don’t forget that, to keep on building the community in and around our mosque....especially as you don’t even realise how much that community helps some of us in our hearts. 

Monday, 19 April 2021

Yemen Hope and Relief

Yemen Hope and Relief is founded by Ahmad Algohbary who, having lost many of his friends to the war in Yemen, and especially his best friend, felt he had nothing left to live for, until he started to help others.

At first Ahmad began to go out with his camera visiting the people suffering in Yemen, to capture real life stories and share them with the world.

When Ahmad began to tweet the stories of suffering, people started to offer to send money to help those people in his stories, which marked the start of Ahmad’s aid efforts.
This is one little girl we helped
to save from starvation in Yemen

You can read about some of those stories here:

Ahmad wants to do more and wants grow this work to help save more lives and relieve the suffering of some of those in greatest need in Yemen. 

HANDS International has decided to support Ahmad in this great humanitarian work of relieving the human suffering in Yemen. 

We need your support in way of financial donations for us to continue this work of helping the needy. 

When making donation please select Yemen Hope and Relief as a campaign from the drop down list to ensure your donation goes for your chosen campaign. You can pay by PayPal or Debit / Credit Card.

For online donations please click Donate

If you want to pay by cheque please make your cheque payable to HANDS International, write name of the campaign Yemen Hope and Relief on the back of cheque and post it to:

HANDS International
483 Green Lanes
London N13 4BS

Saturday, 17 April 2021


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This is a project of HANDS International, a UK registered charity.

For Rohingya living in the camps of Bangladesh, life consists of handouts. Restricted to their camps, their rights as refugees are not recognised. They are prevented from receiving education much beyond primary level, and also from employment in the formal sector.
The distress of fleeing their home country in the circumstances they did is exacerbated by the conditions Rohingya face in Bangladesh. Hopes of rehabilitation and attempts to rebuild their lives are therefore severely constrained.

Support Rohingya Orphans

Life in the refugee camps of Bangladesh is extremely challenging. For children, who make up more than half of the refugee population, it is even more so.

Rohingya children have suffered profound trauma having witnessed the slaughter of their community in Myanmar in 2017. Now in the camps of Bangladesh, education is severely restricted and there is no formal education for hundreds of thousands of children. Malnutrition also exists and even as late as last year malnutrition remained at emergency levels especially for younger children. 

The conditions in the camps are dangerous. Children have little access to child friendly spaces. They face serious protection risks including child labour, trafficking and child marriage.

Many of the children are orphans. Their parents were killed in August of 2017. Some have found shelter with relatives. Others have been adopted by community members. This appeals aims to help these children with their education and also some family support, including supplementing the meagre food rations they receive.

Most Rohingya refugees are children       Donate