Amalna Foundation

WHO WE ARE

AMALNA Foundation is a grassroots community organisation founded in Mosul in 2017 when a group of emergency medical responders organised frontline clinics for civilians as fierce fighting raged between Iraqi / International Coalition Forces and the extremist insurgents known as Daesh.

We are registered in Baghdad, Iraq as Amalna Foundation for Community Building. We are also registered in Chicago, U.S.A. as AMALNA Foundation, where we raise awareness about humanitarian crises, encourage support either by volunteering or contributing resources, and help women and girls transform into leaders of sustainable communities. By putting universal values of humanity and equality into action, we help build a peaceful and better world.

Born amidst war, AMALNA continues to deliver life-saving assistance to at-risk populations, particularly in hard-to-reach and high risk areas. We concentrate on emergency response, transitional aid, and stabilization projects, as well as psychosocial support for women and children suffering from prolonged exposure to violence.

Children flee the violence of war in West Mosul (April, 2017)
going to the bridge

Timeline

March 2017: A volunteer pool of international and local medical professionals set up a Trauma Stabilization Point in West Mosul during the height of the military offensive. We provided emergency medical care just 200 meters from frontline areas, helping save hundreds of civilian lives.

June 2017: As military operations raged on and people fled the Old City, Amalna established the first psychological first aid and mental health center for war survivors within the burned walls of the Mosul General Hospital in Mansour-Wadi Hajr. We responded to mass-casualty incidents, treated children on desktops until the pediatric ward became operational, and served over 10,000 women and children by the 8th month. We distributed thousands of emergency food packs and baby items donated by Oxfam.

June 2017: As military operations raged on and people fled the Old City, Amalna established the first psychological first aid and mental health center for war survivors within the burned walls of the Mosul General Hospital in Mansour-Wadi Hajr. We responded to mass-casualty incidents, treated children on desktops until the pediatric ward became operational, and served over 10,000 women and children by the 8th month. We distributed thousands of emergency food packs and baby items donated by Oxfam.

July – December 2017: AMALNA helped reopen the pediatric ward through private donations. Assistance came from SODI International of Germany, which supplied pediatricians, nurses, trauma counselors, and medical supplies to children.

January 2018: Amalna Foundation finalized its registration in Chicago.

June 2018: AMALNA’s service record reached 25,000. Assistance from Friends of Waldorf Education further developed our work in trauma pedagogy. Collaboration with UNICED, formalised through a local NGO, helped sustain psychosocial support work for children.

July 2019: AMALNA received its registration certificate from the Iraqi government, the result of extraordinary dedication and unstoppable determination of our volunteers, staff, and donors.

March 2020: AMALNA started its partnership with GIZ (German Cooperation for International Development) to further our mental health and psychosocial program, organise 50 community mobilisers, and train 200 MHPSS service providers in Mosul.

April 2020: As the coronavirus swept the globe, AMALNA was at the frontline once again, deploying its doctors and psychologists to COVID-19 hospitals, delivering COVID-19 education along with hygiene kits to women in the Old City, and assisting in neighbourhood decontamination campaigns. AMALNA also gathered donations that went towards distribution of 300 food baskets to families at risk of hunger due to the lockdown.

AMALNA’s journey

Anyone who want to serve humanity can be part of our work. Contact us to discuss ways to join our journey.