Singing for Syrians is nationwide initiative organised by the Hands Up Foundation, offering a friendly and positive way to raise money over the festive period for some of Syria’s most vulnerable people.
More than four years of conflict in Syria have had devastating effects on young and old alike.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and 50% of the population have been forced to flee their homes. As the violence continues and winter descends, their needs will only grow.
Eyewitness: Lifeline for Syrian refugees
Laman and her three children fled across the border to northern Iraq to escape bombings in their home town of Aleppo, Syria, three years ago. Dwindling savings and lack of job opportunities forced them to downgrade from a decent apartment to a windowless basement garage. Often there is no water for days and they have to contend with power cuts at night.
‘It’s like a prison here, I don’t have a job and I don’t go out,’ said Laman.
A quarter of a million refugees are now living in Iraq after fleeing neighbouring Syria. Many have lived through fear and repeated displacement and feel lonely and cut off in their new environment.
To help them build confidence and find a way to enjoy life, Christian Aid partner Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health (REACH) has provided networking programmes for women and children, such as sewing lessons for Laman and singing workshops for her children – a real lifeline for the family.
‘With the sewing lessons I learnt how to fix my children’s clothes and I met other people on the course who are in the same position as me. My children would come back from the singing workshops full of joy,’ said Laman.
Her daughter Navene enjoyed the singing groups. ‘I made friends with everyone there. I love all of them!’
The workshops have been vital in improving the psychosocial health and wellbeing of Syrian people who have suffered so much as a result of the conflict. They have enabled children to play together and express themselves in a peaceful environment, enabling them to heal, and given opportunities for mothers like Laman to network with other women and not feel so alone.
REACH continues to distribute food, shelter and other items to vulnerable refugee and Iraqi displaced communities in northern Iraq.
How you can help
Please donate to our Syria Crisis Appeal and help our partners to support families like these.
Host a concert
In response to the largest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War, we are encouraging people across the UK to take action by holding fundraising carol concerts in your local churches, schools, town halls or community centres.
Money raised through these concerts will enable both Christian Aid and the Hands Up Foundation to meet the urgent and ongoing needs of those Syrians affected by this devastating conflict.
So please get involved so that we all can stand in solidarity with the people of Syria and together do something very special this Christmas.
Further information on the Hands Up Foundation can be found here.
Get in touch
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free How to pack full of ideas on how to organise your own concert and for any other enquiries.
You can download the How to guide here.
Other helpful resources:
Running order template
Service sheet template
Sponsorship letter template
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Gift Aid form