Connecting Hands at the UT
Connecting Hands started in 2015 after a think tank organised by the Student Union of the University of Twente. Employees of the university decided to raise money after protests by local residents on the planned building of an AZC (refugee centre) in Enschede. With the raised money, students could organise activities for refugees in a neighbouring AZC.
Now, in 2017, after three years of Connecting Hands, we will continue to create a large platform for students to connect with refugees. We currently have a collaboration with the AZC (refugee centre) in Almelo, after the AZC Azelo residences have been closed. By teaming up with other organisations in Enschede and neighbouring cities, we will continue to host activities and invite people to help out refugees.
The mission of the Connecting Hands committee is to create a platform for everyone; students, Dutch people, refugees, asylum seekers and all other people living with us. We believe people will function better, feel healthier and are happier in our society when there is a mutual agreement and understanding.