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 also work together with refugees living in Enschede who are a part of M-Pact. 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.

         Help us and become active in your community! Contact us by sending an email, or check out more about us!

                                                           Check out the agenda below for upcoming events!


In December 2017,  we were invited by news medium RTV Oost to talk about our work. Committee members, Tim and Pleuni explained during a TV interview some things about our activities and future. The other guest of the programme, mayor of Raalte, (mr. Dadema), shared his view on our work too.

More mentions of Connecting Hands at the UT in the press can be seen here

Every month, there are one or two events organized in collaboration with several partners. Student associations are always eager to contribute, and other local organizations hosted activities too. We strive for more collaborations in Enschede and its surroundings, while we already work together with partners, such as AZC Almelo and M-Pact. Read more on our partners here.  

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