Empowerment through Education

Hands For Henna wants to spread hope and compassion. Our mission is to empower refugee youth through education and mentorship.  Our vision is to build a demographic of refugee youth who are inspired by learning, not intimidated by obstacles. Through advocacy, outreach activities, educational workshops, fundraising educational material, and selling henna tattoos our team works tirelessly each day to lift up refugee youth. 

These are four ways to help if you are interested in supporting us with our cause 

1. Donate money 

2. Donate School Supplies 

3. Volunteer with us 

4. Book a henna appointment to get a henna tattoo 

Please email us at if interested or if you have any questions. 

 Thank you so much! 



Our Roots

Hands for Henna was founded in 2016 by Nisha Rehman. She started the organization after experiencing a difficult move herself and then being exposed to the refugee crisis while in college. She realized the magnitude of pain and suffering refugee youth go through and was called to action. Thus, since August 2016 Hands For Henna has been using henna and education to empower refugee youth. Our organization raises money by selling henna tattoos. All our proceeds go towards hosting educational workshops and donating school supplies to refugee youth.



Making A Difference

Hands For Henna is in the business of empowerment and creating a brighter and more compassionate future.  The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing educational support and mentorship to refugee youth. We make sure our students are empowered by creating opportunities for learning and growth.



With the money collected, Hands for Henna holds educational workshops for refugee youth. We host workshops all over the Phoenix metropolitan area including Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, & Chandler. We offer science focused workshops, health education workshops, and workshops focused on teaching students about different resources available to them, including public libraries and Khan Academy. Also, each workshop has a mentorship component to it with self-development as a focus. At the end of each workshop, each student is given a gift bag filled with school supplies.  The mission of these classes is to inspire children and cultivate their passion for education.



In order to have supplies to hand out to refugees, Hands for Henna organizes supply drives at locations across the Phoenix metropolitan area. We ask for educational materials and also accept cash donations. Acceptable donations include backpacks, pencils, pens, expo markers, crayons, etc. If you are interested in donating some supplies, feel free to reach out to us at



It is important for us to raise awareness about the refugee crisis and to advocate for our refugee students. We do this by sharing the stories and experiences of refugees. We interview various refugees and share their stories on our website. We hope to create a collage of their stories, which can be found on our blog page. We also do a lot of advocacy on our Instagram page, @hands_for_henna. We hope to raise awareness about the refugee crisis and share the importance of education in uplifting refugee youth.



Henna, also known as Mehndi, is an ancient body art form that originated in southeast Asia. Since its creation 9000 years ago, henna has spread all over the world. It is now a renowned art form that millions of people admire. While there are many types of henna, Hands for Henna uses all-natural henna from Pakistan. It is made from crushed up leaves and contains no chemicals. We offer small, medium, and large henna tattoos that cost $5, $10, and $15 dollars respectively. We offer henna services at First Friday Market in Phoenix, through individual appointments, and various events across Arizona.  All proceeds go towards supporting refugees and their education.

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“...let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai



Committed to the Cause

Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Hands For Henna. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.


Founder & President


Co-Vice President 


Co- Vice President 


Director Of Mentorship


Director of Education


Director of Public Relations


Director of Social Media


Editor In Chief