Hands Up For Africa is no longer an official charity, having closed its virtual doors at the end of 2021. Please read on to find links to some of the amazing grass-roots organizations we have had the privilege of working with that could always use your support to help vulnerable children in East Africa.  


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

We come to this final chapter of Hands Up For Africa’s story with both heavy hearts and awe at all we have accomplished together since 2008. As of December 2021, we have dissolved 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.

We are distributing all our remaining funds toward the following organizations in which we have personal ties and the utmost trust:

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

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.