Stories and Songs for Syrians


This project was successfully funded on Friday the 17th of February, 2017

£3,315 was raised by 98 supporters — that's teamwork!

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Humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees: online appeal for the Hands Up Foundation, with a fundraising weekend of music and stories for children

Please help us raise as much as we can for UK charity, the Hands Up Foundation, which sends aid to Syrian refugees in camps in Lebanon and Turkey, including emergency relief to survive the harsh winter.

We achieved our initial target of £2000 and have now raised our goal to £3000. Please help us smash that too!

As a focus of our charity appeal, we held a successful fundraising weekend of Stories and Songs for Syrian refugees in Gloucestershire, UK, on 4 - 5 February 2017. Syrian picture book author and illustrator Nadine Kaadan and multilingual music teachers Babel Babies teamed up to host a music, storytelling and art event for the Syrian refugee children who have recently come to live in our county together with local families who wanted to learn more about Syria and Middle Eastern art and culture. We raised £400 in cash over the weekend at both Stories and Songs for Syrians events.

Our Stories and Songs project has been featured in The Gloucestershire Echo, BookRiot and Qantara magazines. All this publicity and buzz on social media (#SingingforSyrians) meant we exceeded our initial £2000 target with a fortnight to go, so we decided to set a new goal of raising £3000 here online.

Please help us reach this target by continuing to mention this initiative to your friends and talkingabout the invaluable work of the Hands Up Foundation in helping Syrians in refugee camps, and please forward this Fundsurfer link to them.

Besides Babel Babies and Nadine Kaadan's publisher Lantana Publishing, this fundraising campaign has been generously supported by GARAS, Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees, Saqi Books, Penguin UK, The Friendship Cafe, the Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Baker & Graze bakery and restaurant, and children's book author Sheila Hoeman. Hands Up Foundation is a UK registered charity (charity no. 1156491.)

Please note that your donation will be taken from your account on 17 February and your reward gift will be sent to you then, if you requested one.

Thank you! Shukran! شكرا

Ruth, Hanan and Nadine


pledged of £3,000 goal (GBP)

111% pledged



This project ended on 17 February 2017

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£10 – Moving On: The Story of Sam by Sheila Hoeman

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In the third book of stories about a boy in junior school, Sam is excited to meet his new neighbours from Syria and finds that the common language of football helps them to make friends.
5 copies have kindly been donated by the author of the Stories of Sam, Sheila Hoeman.

£10 – Zaytoun medjoul dates

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The Hands Up Foundation would like to thank you for your invaluable donation to fund their humanitarian work with Syrian refugees by sending you a box of delicious medjoul dates from Zaytoun (produce of Palestine).
Thank you!

£20 – The Jasmine Sneeze: a picture book by Nadine Kaadan

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The Jasmine Sneeze explores the importance of the jasmine flower to the people of Damascus, evoking the sights, smells and colours of this ancient Syrian city. Written at a time of war, this gentle and beautifully illustrated story of a loveable cat teaches us that peace and tolerance will triumph in the end.

£20 – Ghadan (Tomorrow): a picture book by Nadine Kaadan

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"Yazan stopped going to school, and he couldn't go out and play with Hamzeh, the boy next door. Everything around him was changing."

'Tomorrow' is a child's perspective of how life changes in war. The picture book is dedicated to Syrian kids who are suffering from anxiety and fear during the Syrian civil war.

£30 – Babel Babies CD: Sing Languages Together

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"Sing Languages Together" - a selection of young children's favourite international songs from the Babel Babies multilingual music sessions. Sing along at home, or in the car, and learn languages together!

£30 – Babel Babies CD: Sing Languages Together vol. 2

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"Sing Languages Together vol 2." - the second selection of international songs for young children from the Babel Babies multilingual music sessions. Sing along at home, or in the car, and learn languages together!

£40 – Syria: a recent history, by John McHugo

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Syria’s descent into civil war has already claimed an estimated 200,000 lives while more than nine million people have fled their homes. As the conflict in Syria rages on, John McHugo provides a rare and authoritative guide to a complex nation that demands our attention.

* Kindly donated by Saqi Books *

£50 – The Crossing: My journey to the shattered heart of Syria, by Samar Yazbek

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"Powerful and moving…bears comparison with George Orwell’s Homage To Catalonia as a work of literature, Yazbek is a superb narrator… one of the first political classics of the 21st century" (Observer)

A moving insight into the effects of civil war on the Syrian people and why so many are desperate to flee, by award-winning Syrian journalist Samar Yazbek.

*Donated by Penguin Random House*

£100 – Limited edition set of signed books by Nadine Kaadan (Arabic and English)

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To thank you for this hugely generous donation to support the Hands Up Foundation's work with Syrian refugees and victims of war, Nadine would like to send you a limited edition set of her Arabic and English picture books, signed by herself, the author and illustrator.

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