Effective for Iraq, How AMAR Supporters Change Lives

As a member of the fundraising team at the AMAR Foundation for almost a year, I love that each day in this job brings new tasks and interesting opportunities. In 2017, AMAR are delighted to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. 

After starting out as a limited, week-long appeal, (the Assisting Marsh Arabs and Refugees, or AMAR Appeal), the charity has grown to become one of the most efficient and accomplished in providing healthcare, education and mental health support in the Middle East. 

By employing staff from within their communities, and by using local, sustainable resources, AMAR ensures that over 90 percent of all funds raised go straight towards our projects in the field. I wouldn’t – and probably couldn’t – work for a more effective charity. 

AMAR Foundation in Manchester, running for the people of Iraq

On Sunday 28th May, supporters of the British based AMAR Foundation, are taking to the streets of Manchester and are joining the city’s 10K run, in support of AMAR’s nation wide efforts in Iraq. 

Founded 25 years ago by Baroness Emma Nicholson, the AMAR Foundation has grown into a dynamic organisation, whose efforts in recent years, have seen the organisation play a leading role in supporting Iraqi civilians, who have been displaced by the so-called Islamic State. 

Among those taking part in the Manchester 10K, are Hussein Al-alak and Claire Carrie, who are residents of Manchester. Both decided to run for the AMAR Foundation, in response to the services AMAR is providing, which includes Escaping Darkness - a specialist service that was established by AMAR, to support Yazidi women overcome the trauma of having been captives of IS. 

How AMAR Inspired Melanie to Run

Melanie Minns is from Norfolk in the United Kingdom. Melanie recently took part in a fun run to support the AMAR Foundation’s work with young Yazidi women, who are part of Escaping Darkness - a specialist Post-Traumatic Stress service, which was established in Iraq by the AMAR Foundation. 

In this interview, Sherry Faharn speaks with Melanie about why she chose to join Team AMAR and support the AMAR Foundation in their mission to help the people of Iraq. 

Support AMAR by #EscapingDarkness

The AMAR Foundation is a British based charity, who since 1991 have been working with displaced people across Iraq. Since 2014, the AMAR Foundation have been providing vital mental health treatment for the hundreds of Yazidi women, who have escaped from ISIS captivity. 

The majority have been raped, beaten and tortured and are now struggling to cope. AMAR have brought in expert professionals, to further train Iraqi doctors and nurses in mental health practice, and clinics are now running in seven IDP camps across the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq. 

AMAR have trained community-based workers, who promote gender equality, women’s rights and have a clear understanding of mental health issues. They also provide additional information on gender-based violence and local mental health support networks. 

Build the Future and #InvestInIraq

Today, 3.3 million Iraq’s (approximately 10% of the total population) are displaced within the country. Families have been forced to flee their homes, communities, and livelihoods to seek solace in sprawling camps and other temporary accommodations. 

Local host communities are often strained to support the influx of people, leaving many displaced Iraqis struggling to find employment and provide their families. In early 2016, AMAR launched a new project designed to address this challenge. 

We opened six INVEST (Inclusive Vocational and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) Centers in Baghdad, Najaf, Erbil, and Dohuk. These Centers create new economic opportunities for both internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities while stimulating entrepreneurship at the local level.