Jusoor Bridges Award

Jusoor’s Bridges Award is given to an individual who is working to transform and build a better world around them. They are a source of inspiration and compassion– an agent of change who demonstrates the utmost courage and respect towards all humanity. 

We at Jusoor believe that youth in Syria should have access to profoundly better opportunities. We believe in a new generation and a country that will one day embrace democracy, respect human rights and the rule of law and encourage free speech and the free exchange of ideas.

Much of the outstanding work of international development and philanthropic support goes unrecognized. At Jusoor, we want to provide a platform for innovative projects and passionate people driving positive change. 

Past recipients

2019

Rose Lukas


Rose is the Managing Director of the Hands Up Foundation, a not-for-profit providing education and medical provision to the people of Syria. Rose was inspired to set up the Hands Up Foundation after spending time in Damascus during 2010/11. Devastated by the outbreak of war, she returned to the UK with an intention to help. Working on the premise that sharing cultural values through food and music helps strengthen bonds and unite people, she and a group of friends started the Syrian Supper Club in London. The popularity of the club and the charitable donations generated from it drove Rose to set up the Hands Up Foundation.

Rose has been running the Hands Up Foundation since 2017 and splits her time between the office in London and visiting their partner organizations in Lebanon and on the Syrian/Turkish border. The idea behind everything the Hands Up Foundation does is simple and positive; gather people together, remind them of Syria’s rich culture and do something good.

Before joining The Hands Up Foundation in 2017, Rose worked for Save the Children International for five years. Prior to this, Rose graduated with a language degree from the University of Edinburgh and worked in the publishing industry. Read more…



2017

Jim Estill


Jim Estill, CEO of Danby Appliances, is a technology entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist. Jim started a computer distribution business from the trunk of his car while in university. That modest business grew into a company doing $350,000,000 in sales before selling to SYNNEX in 2004.

Jim has invested in, mentored and advised many technology companies including Blackberry. He joined Blackberry’s board before they went public and served there for 13 years.

In 2016 Jim Estill made the headlines for his philanthropic work sponsoring 58 Syrian refugee families in Guelph, Ontario. The Financial Times, BBCNews, The Guardian, and Toronto Life have all covered his story, including this viral video featuring his work. This June Jim received the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honor.

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