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.
Along with Escaping Darkness, AMAR also provides services across Iraq, which have a specialised focus on “rebuilding lives” and includes the ongoing Mosul Appeal, where funds are still being raised to assist those, who have been displaced by the ongoing conflict.
According to the AMAR website, the charity also works in area’s surrounding education and health-care, along with providing skill based training through INVEST centres, to provide long-term and sustainable employment opportunities.
Claire Carrie is a student nurse for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and explained her decision to run the Manchester 10K, was because of her own interest in mental health care and felt the work of AMAR’s Escaping Darkness, reflected her own motivation “for wanting to study nursing and work for the (UK’s) health service.”
Hussein Al-alak has described his own pleasure of being part of “Team AMAR” in Manchester and is also encouraging others to get involved with AMAR fund-raising activities, “so that people can show solidarity with the men, women and children of Iraq, to help rebuild lives now and build a secure future.”
The AMAR Foundation will be one of many charities taking part in the Manchester 10K, whose participants are each running in support of a variety of good causes. Readers can also show their support to Hussein and Claire on the Manchester 10k, by making a donation to www.amarfoundation.org