The AMAR Story
In 1991, the Saddam Hussein regime began persecuting the Marsh Arabs in southern Iraq. He drained the wetlands and attacked the villages, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes.
Our Founder, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, created AMAR as a response to the crisis. The original acronym stood for Assisting Marsh Arabs and Refugees.
Today our work has evolved beyond the original relief efforts for the Marsh Arabs, but we keep the name “AMAR.” It translates as “The Builder” in some Arabic dialects, reminding us of our central promise – to rebuild lives.
Who We Are
For some, “Iraq” means war, ISIS, or the refugee crisis… But for us it means resilience, change, and opportunity.
We see a country of doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, engineers, religious leaders, entrepreneurs – all striving to build a brighter future.
We see it because we’re there. Each and every day.
From the classroom to the clinic, the community center to the water treatment facility. Working hand-in-hand with local communities to train and empower Iraqi leaders. Lifting up the nation through the professionalism of its people.
We believe AMAR is the premier charity at work in the region. Why? Because every project is designed to restore self-sufficiency to the people of Iraq. And together, we are rebuilding lives.