To our incredible, loyal HUFA supporters, past and present:

As Board members for Hands Up For Africa, we write this letter with both heavy hearts and awe at all we have accomplished together since 2008. As of December 31 this year, we will be dissolving the charity we began in memory of our friend and family member, Avchen Harivel Pinkard.

Whether your donation was one-time or every single month since the day we began (you know who you are!) – our small organization has sent more than 95% of the hundreds of thousands of dollars we’ve raised directly to child-focused projects in East Africa.

Together, we’ve served thousands of meals, provided a home and school for those most vulnerable, sponsored girls to attend secondary school, and created teaching and administrative jobs at the Avchen and Abigail Mercy Centre. Since our 10-year anniversary, we have evolved to support other organizations throughout the sub-Saharan region.

After January 1, 2022, we will be distributing all our remaining funds toward the following organizations in which we have personal ties and the utmost trust:

Whether this Giving Tuesday, or throughout the Christmas season, we would be honoured to accept your donation one last time before we pass the torch to the dedicated people who continue to make a difference in the lives of those who need our support most. You can make your tax-deductible donation to Hands Up For Africa right here through Canada Helps.

Thank you again, for your trust, your generosity and your loyal support.


Members of the Board, Hands Up For Africa

If you would like to continue to make a direct and positive difference in the lives of children in East Africa, we invite you to consider these groups mentioned above, as they share the values and business model HUFA built itself around, and they could always use your support.

Hands Up for Africa (HUFA) is a Vancouver-based registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing safe shelter, food, medicine, education and a sense of belonging to some of the most vulnerable children in Africa.

HUFA was formed in February 2008 after the tragic deaths of a local Vancouver woman and active community member, Avchen Harivel Pinkard, and her unborn daughter, Abigail.

2018 has been a year of transition. No longer solely financing the AAMA in Kenya, HUFA is now able to support other projects in the region that aim to feed, educate and empower children and families. We are so pleased to share with you the first three projects we’ve selected under our new third-party funding mandate. Our decisions on which organizations to fund are based on a project’s local involvement, sustainable focus and honest, grass-roots beginnings.

What sets HUFA apart from other international charities is our personal connection to the communities we serve. Children’s needs and how to best address them are identified by proven, results-driven community leaders.

Organizations supported by Hands Up For Africa: