From November 2016 until March 2017, Postcards For Peace asked people from all over the world to join us by reaching out to the innocent people of Syria in a very easy and simple way.
We wanted to show the people of Syria that others around the world were aware of their plight and do care. We asked everyone to create hand prints or to draw around their hands and then post a picture on social media or send it to us a photograph. The plan was to try and get enough hands printed that, if they could be laid side by side, they would create a human chain of hands that would reach from the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, to Aleppo in Syria.
We estimated that it would take 10 million pairs of hands to create this chain and this would be a long shot.
We asked individuals, families and schools to take part and help us reach out. We also asked celebrities to take part and send us their prints in the hope that we would hold an fundraising exhibition and auction to raise money for charities working in Syria or with refugees fleeing the country. Our chosen charities were: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières, RefuAid and Samara’s Aid Appeal. Postcards For Peace also planned to keep a small percentage of donations to help fund their education projects.
We were very happy to receive a hand print from Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as well as over a thousand handprints from people in the UK, USA, Netherlands, Indonesia, Iraq, New Zealand and more.
We received a beautiful design from Sussex artist, Andria Walton, which we have turned into postcards, greetings cards and notebooks.
Sadly, this campaign is yet to make any money and no donations have been made to any other charities.
The campaign website, which includes all of the submitted handprints can be found at reachouttosyria.com.