After the beginning of the Syrian uprising in 2011, Syrian refugees fled to the neighboring countries, including Egypt. In and around Cairo, these newly arrived Syrians have created several support organizations offering different services to the Syrian community. Balancing between helping their clients, competing for funds with larger organizations and obeying the strict Egyptian laws regulating their work, they are today offering services to thousands of Syrians all over Cairo. The Syrian-led organizations claim to be independent from political and religious movements, to serve all equally and to offer an improvement of life situation for their beneficiaries. Nevertheless, these aid organizations are facing several internal and external challenges in their operations, which is hindering and limiting their work in Cairo. This thesis is based on fieldwork conducted in Cairo February-March 2015, meeting five Syrian-led organizations working in different parts of Cairo. The research seeks to answer what characterizes these organizations, what motives they give for their services and in what degree they are able to participate in the climate shaped by larger, international agencies and Egyptian restrictions on civil society.