Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Raffle Recipient - The AMAR Foundation

Across the world, 34,000 people are forced to flee their homes daily in warring nations just to stay alive.  Today, 65 million people have been displaced from their homes.  Worst of all, more than half of them are children.

AMAR, an award-winning charity, was founded 24 years ago by Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, England.  Her goal was and is to rebuild the lives of some of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged people in the Middle East. AMAR has provided professional health and education on a sustained, lasting basis as it builds, equips, and runs health clinics, employing local people and using local resources wherever possible.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

More recently, AMAR teams work throughout Iraq to help the more than 3.3 million displaced persons--many living in refugee camps--forced from their homes by the ISIS (Islamic State) invasion.

You may have heard recent news reports about the battle begun just weeks ago in Iraq between allied forces, including American troops, against ISIS to take back the city of Mosul.  Nearly 20,000 have already fled their homes to save their lives.

Iraqi Refugee Camp
The lives of more than 1 million are at risk there. Many more are expected to flee, creating what could be the largest, most complex humanitarian crisis this year.  In anticipation, AMAR is setting up more healthcare facilities in nearby areas.

Other AMAR projects in the Middle East include women's training centers, community health projects, clean water access, wheelchair provision, girls' school, road safety, neo-natal care training, and women health volunteers programs. AMAR partners with LDS Charities in some of these programs.

Refugee Children
AMAR's work emphasizes the importance of preserving women and children to rebuild family units.  It strives to empower and improve the lives of women across the Middle East.  ISIS has kidnapped, raped, and enslaved thousands of women and girls, leaving them deeply traumatized. AMAR provides expert psychological care for the women who escape or are ransomed.

At this time, AMAR is extremely grateful to be chosen as the recipient charity to receive the proceeds from the raffle held during The Finders Fair Holiday Gift Market on Dec. 2 & 3 at Station Park in Farmington.  That money will help some of the world's most vulnerable, needy, displaced refugee families and individuals.

Read more about AMAR's work at:
AMAR International's Website
Utah AMAR Facebook
Utah AMAR September Newsletter
Deseret News Article

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