Connecting Hands

Bringing society, refugees and students together.

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Connecting Hands started in 2015 after a think tank organized 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 center) in Enschede. With the raised money, students could organize activities for refugees in a neighboring AZC.


In the present, Connecting Hands aims to create a platform for refugees, asylum seekers, students, and Dutch society. The refugee center AZC Azelo has been closed and its residents moved to AZC Almelo, however, we still collaborate with them and AZC Hengelo. By teaming up with these and other organizations in Enschede and neighboring cities, we will continue to host events that promote integration and help our participants to improve both social and hard skills.


Our aim is to help out refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world to fit into their new life, integrate into their new social environment and to accomplish their goals. We believe in building a better society with equal opportunities.

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We hope your holiday is going wel 😇 the new academic year is almost there and our third new board member is ....... Saumya! 🤩🤩 I am glad to anounce that she is the new social media responsible💪🏽Hey, I am Saumya. My masters is in Robotics and Mechatronics. I have been pretty active at the University as I have have been a member of a few organizations. For the next academic year I am joining Connecting hands and I am responsible for social media. I found this organization to be quite different from most of the other organizations at the UT as here we focus on integrating refugees into the society which also includes conducting events which include refugees and students. I found this quite interesting which made me join the board for next year. ... See MoreSee Less
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Continuing with introducing the new board of 2021/2022 🙌🏼 Meet the new treasurer of Connecting Hands!Hey there! I'm Nicole, 21, and I come from Cyprus/Armenia/Belarus and I currently live between Enschede and Dubai. I am an IBA student and I have actively been participating in various volunteering opportunities throughout both my academic and professional domains. I was playing tennis one day and a fellow friend of mine invited me to join the board and that is my story with discovering Connecting Hands. I'm thrilled to be both the treasurer of the board, and the head of the educational committee. A bit about me, I'm a part-time music producer and I play in various bands. I have my passion spread across numerous fields such as day-trading, competitive racing, cultural cuisine, aviation, and bartending. ... See MoreSee Less
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May I present you...🥁🥁🥁 the new chairman of the board 21/22!! Hello fellas, My name is Taha, 20 years old, studying first-year mechanical engineering, I am originally from Pakistan and spent my teenage in Oman. I like to be an active student and I have participated in many associations and committees at UT. Additionally, I love playing sports. My favourite is tennis, amongst volleyball, basketball and football. I really like the idea of connecting hands, therefore, I want to be a part of this incredible foundation and organise interesting and engaging events in future with a team of dedicated and enthusiastic people 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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Our lovely results from the mug painting event 🤩 They all look very cute 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less
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Some pictures from after the youth picnic🤩 It was lovely to meet these young pupils and hearing about their stories😌 ... See MoreSee Less
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