Help Refugees is a refugee charity with minimal overheads and maximum impact

We help where the need is greatest. Flexible and fast in our response to the genuine needs of refugees, we fill gaps and act where big NGOs and governments don’t.

94% of your donations go directly towards supporting refugees across Europe and the Middle East.

– We are among the most efficient refugee charities in Europe
– We’ve had thousands of volunteers
– We’re funded by people like you
– We don’t have any highly paid executives
– We provide vital aid to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty
– Read more in our Impact Report

“Help Refugees have fed the hungry and housed the homeless, and there are people living now thanks to them who would otherwise be dead.”

The Guardian

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things

Help Refugees started as nothing more than a hashtag in August 2015. A group of friends wanted to raise $1,500 and fill a van full of donations to take down to Calais. Within a week, we had raised $86,000. We were soon receiving 7,000 items every day.

Fast forward three years, and we have helped over 722,500 people, managed over 25,000 volunteers, and we support more 80 projects across Europe and the Middle East. We have established a fieldwork first, networked approach to giving aid, establishing local networks and working with local partners to deliver projects.

Boosted by the support of high-profile musicians, filmmakers and actors who joined our ‘Choose Love’ campaign, we believe that together with our partners, volunteers, fundraisers, and supporters we have pioneered a new movement in humanitarian response – ordinary people to help other ordinary people in need in the most direct of ways.

We believe in…

Human dignity

We believe in treating everyone with humanity and respect.


Building community

We always prioritise working with local organisations and refugees themselves.

Acting quickly

We move fast to help where the need is greatest. Minimal red tape or bureaucracy.


Speaking out

We speak out against injustice. We believe in advocating for long term change.

Empowering people

We aim to enable refugees to take control over their lives with our work.


Staying independent

We will always be an independent organisation, funded by people like you.

One week's worth of fresh fruit and vegetables for a refugee in Greece
Keep someone sleeping rough in Calais warm with a sleeping bag
A phone and two months' credit for an unaccompanied minor
Keep a rescue boat at sea for a day

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