We support locally‐led projects in conflict and post-conflict regions that create safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for young people to learn, thrive and grow. Currently we focus our work thematically on a few regions in the Balkans and Middle East: Bosnia, Palestine and Syria. Through artistic and educational programmes, our partners and projects provide young people with opportunities and support to develop their skills, confidence and networks, improving prospects for brighter futures for themselves and their communities.

Firefly supports these vital endeavours by forging international links, cooperation and friendship with communities facing isolation and marginalisation due to conflict and poverty. We fundraise, recruit international volunteers, and provide administrative support to transformational local projects that might otherwise lack such resources.

  • Dec2017

    Over the last four months, local refugee staff at our centre in Antakya have been looking for ways to outreach other teachers inside Syria. We are now thrilled to announce the success of their wonderful initiative.   Our local refugee staff have designed a teacher online training programme and a fifty-two...

  • Our projects coordinator – Maria Chambers – visited our centre in Antakya this October, bringing back great news!   “It was just so wonderful to see the way the Applied science programme has developed. Top quality resources have been made at the centre that support the curriculum developed by our...

  • We identified a need to focus on offering opportunities for teenage girls to get back into a learning environment. To attract teenage girls to our educational centre, we designed a programme that would give them an opportunity to engage with an entrepreneurial activity and further education at the same time....

  • Nov2017

    Silent Auction Now Live!

    November 9, 2017

    A huge thank you to all those who have bought tickets for this year’s Firefly Gala. Our silent auction is now live so please do bid generously. For those who can’t make it on the night, you can still support this wonderful cause. Some of our fantastic prizes include a...

  • Jul2017

    Please click here to read the Firefly for Syria 2017 Annual Report detailing the impact of our work with Syrian refugees in Antakya, Turkey. Arabic speakers can follow the latest project news from Antakya via our centre’s Facebook page.

  • Former Interim Director of Firefly International, Jeremy Wildeman, announces the recruitment of Firefly’s new Director, Siama Ahmed I am highly excited to announce that we have found our new Director for Firefly International, Siama Ahmed.   Siama joins us after more than 15 years of humanitarian and charitable work inside...

  • Mar2017

    Maria (our project coordinator) has recently spent some days at our Education Centre for Syrian Refugees in Antakya. She shares with us her experience: “It was so encouraging to see two strands of the curriculum developing so positively during my recent visit to Antakya. The children were busy learning Science...

  • Feb2017

    We are saddened to hear that Sally Yates has recently passed away. Sally was one of Firefly’s best friends and supporters, and over the years her generosity has helped make many of our projects possible. She was particularly committed to supporting Svitac’s arts projects in Brčko, Bosnia. She will be...

  • John Chambers and Louis Hall will take part in the upcoming Rome Marathon on 2nd April 2017 in order to raise funds for Firefly. You can contribute to their run for us via their JustGiving pages: Louis Hall’s JustGiving page John Chambers’ JustGiving page Louis and John, a special thank you from Firefly...

  • Jan2017

    Ethnic and political divisions in Bosnia are far from being resolved. But, with our help, new generations can achieve the unachievable. Thanks to its multi-ethnic youth arts and education projects, our partner Svitac plays a crucial role in promoting community cohesion and defeating conflict narratives in the ethnically diverse city of Brčko...

  • Days of Hope, a video directed by Mustafa Azizi about the Nablus Festival 2016 has been released (video below). The Nablus Festival has been founded by Hakim Sabbah, the director of our partner-organisation in Palestine (Project Hope Official Page). After the success of last year, Nablus Festival 2017 will take...

  • Many thanks to the Melksham Fairtrade group who raised money for Firefly International at their Christmas Fairtrade event! A special thanks to Judith and Joan for organising this event which helps us provide safe access to education and a brighter future for many children affected by conflict and violence.

  • Dec2016

    A Book Quiz for Firefly

    December 19, 2016

    Firefly supporter Callum James has come up with a very original fundraising idea – a Book Quiz Competition, which book lovers will surely enjoy! If you wish to participate in the quiz competition and give so that others can learn and thrive, please follow the JustGiving link at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bookquiz On...

  • Our close friend Stephen Butcher is fundraising for Firefly International! Firefly international would like to thank Stephen and Jane for their wonderful party and for giving us the opportunity to share Firefly’s work at their celebration. It was lovely to see so many friends and family. Thank you Stephen and...

  • Oct2016

    Maria (our project coordinator) organised a second visit to the centre in September-October 2016. From an online meeting during her visit, she could not wait to share with us her positive feedback: “It is wonderful to be back here and see the progress that the children have made here during...