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Amara Children's Charity

AMARA Children’s Charity is a small organization whose name is derived from the Mongolian word that means ‘to comfort’. AMARA connotes a safe emotional journey ‘home’ for children who have suffered some of the most terrible ordeals and traumas in their lives.


Healing Childrendren From Within

About Amara Children's Charity

AMARA Children's Charity is a small organization whose name is derived from the Mongolian word that means "comfort". AMARA connotes a safe emotional journey "home" for children who have suffered some of the most terrible ordeals and traumas in their lives.

The children we help often live in orphanages and centres all around the world having experienced ordeals such as abandonment, loss of parents, sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, prostitution or having lived on the streets.

There are worthy organisations working very hard to meet the primary needs of the children by providing food, clothes and shelter. Only when these primary needs are being met can AMARA begin to approach their emotional well-being.

AMARA's work is unrivalled because we work to meet the level of needs not addressed by others.

What we do is offer emotional & psychological support and guidance to these children by teaching local staff to walk with them, hand in hand, through a therapeutic journey using safe and established methods. The journey offers them freedom from their past pains and it enables them to heal and to regain balance. They can then continue to grow to reach their highest potential.

Our aim is to grant them the opportunity to reintegrate back into their communities as strong, secure, confident, happy & hopeful individuals.

We are a small organisation and all of our staff are volunteers. We rely entirely on your support to reach these children.

Who We Are

We are a new charity very much in our infancy.

We began operation in November 2007 and have recently reached the minimum monetary threshold necessary before Charity Registration is permitted. We are pleased to announce that our application with the UK Charities Commission is now underway and we anticipate acquiring our Charity Registration number in the spring of 2008.

AMARA is a small organisation and all of our staff are volunteers.

Our Vision...

Of a world where every child who has endured a traumatic or unjust beginning is supported and guided along the path to freedom from their past pains and led into a bright and hopeful future within their communities that they can one day contribute to.

Our Mission...

To work for children who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused or neglected who are often living in orphanages or care centres to provide them with emotional and psychological guidance and support along their therapeutic journeys to enable them to reach a place of peace and release from their pasts.

We are dedicated to granting the children the opportunity to reintegrate back into their communities as strong, secure, confident, happy & hopeful individuals.

What We Do

What we do is provide children who come from some of the most terrible backgrounds with therapeutic guidance and support, assisting to alleviate their pain, confusion and inner imbalances from the very core.

We offer a vital opportunity for each child to find release from their ordeals, providing them with the tools to find their peace, confidence, strength and hope for their futures. We reach the highest levels of their needs. See Maslow's Hierarchy.

We nurture each child to help them grow to their fullest potential thus granting giving them the optimum opportunity to reintegrate back into their communities.

How? By teaching the local staff how to walk side by side with each child as they move through their therapeutic journey.

This journey draws from a philosophy embedded within holistic educational therapy. Throughout the journey we use only safe and established methods which have been recognised to support children facing such difficulties.

It begins by tending to the current emotional state and when the best attainable balance is reached in the here and now, only then are the more rooted issues approached. By way of various psychotherapeutic tools, the journey continues to enable the children to safely express themselves and awakens the possibility to break any negative patterns that may exist.

To support the child all the way through their journey, we offer any number of recognised approaches such as therapeutic writing, yoga, massage. The techniques we choose are defined by the needs and desires of each individual child.

Who We Help

We aim to reach the world's most vulnerable children who have come from some of the most appalling backgrounds having experienced ordeals such as abandonment, loss of parents, sexual abuse, neglect, physical abuse, living on the streets or prostitution.

Some of the children arrive at orphanages or care centres as young as a few weeks old because their families simply cannot afford to raise them, unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence in some parts of the world.

Others have been removed from their families or care givers having found their way through the social welfare system, perhaps as a result of sexual or physical abuse.

Some are street children. Children of all ages can end up living and working on the streets and the experiences that have led them there may be one of many.

Here are just 3 of the lives that we have encountered around the world:

  • A father had been sexually abusing his 8 year old daughter for some years - the police asked an NGO children's centre to take her and her younger sister in.
  • A 14 year old boy had been living on the streets for the past 2 years. He shared that he ran away because after his mother had died, his alcoholic father's physical abuse worsened and it became unbearable to live with. As they lived in a country where the authorities didn't reach him, he felt his only option for survival was to live on the streets alone.
  • An orphanage, founded and run by a local couple, periodically confronted the illegal brothels in their country to find young children living & working there. We encountered a 9 year old girl who had lived and worked at the brothel after losing both parents to AIDS. The couple of the centre rescued her and gave her a new, safe home.

AMARA aims to reach all such children to help deal with their traumatic backgrounds.

We need your help.

Services Offered By Amara Children's Charity

CURRENT PROJECTS

Mongolia - Lotus Children's Centre in Ulaanbaatar

The Lotus Children's Centre was founded by Didi Kalika, an Australian kindergarten and yoga teacher in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital.

On arrival in Mongolia, she was shocked by the plight of so many children living on the streets. She started to help the children by providing food and shelter and soon realised that there was a need for much more. In 1995, the Lotus Centre was born to give these children a chance to change their lives for the better.

Lotus provides food, health care, clothing and accommodation. Through quality education, meaningful activities and by creating small family groups 10 children to one "house-mother", the Lotus Centre tries to give children a chance to make a positive future. Lotus provides basic Mongolian houses and gers and by giving the children an environment with a yard, a dog, daily chores, there is less likelihood that the children will be institutionalised, a problem facing many orphaned & abandoned children.

Today 148 children call the Lotus Centre their home.

Didi shared that the one objective that the Lotus Centre was not yet able to meet was that of the emotional and psychological nurturance of the children.

It was then that AMARA was conceived.

AMARA is providing emotional and therapeutic guidance and support to the Lotus Children's Centre and we need your help to continue being of service to its children.




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Address
Communications House
26 York Street
London
W1U 6PZ
United Kingdom

Telephone
+44 7720 526019

Mobile
+44 7720 526019

Email
info@amaracharity.org

Website
www.amaracharity.org/