World of Children and U.S. Fund for UNICEF Team Up to Fund Medical Care for Syrian Child Refugees

Two international organizations will provide significant funding and support to INARA, founded by CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon to serve Syrian child refugees

Dublin, CA – Feb 22, 2017 – Arwa Damon, CNN senior international correspondent and Founder of INARA, has been named as recipient of the first ever World of Children Crisis Award. INARA provides life-altering medical care for children with catastrophic injuries who are unable to access treatment due to war and conflict.

“Now more than ever, the growing humanitarian crisis affecting the children caught in wars in Syria and Iraq needs our attention. No one person or group can manage the enormity of the crisis, but, together, by leveraging our strengths, we can make a difference” shared Caryl Stern, CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Harry Leibowitz, Co-Founder of World of Children in a joint statement.

“Working together and strategically applying our joint assets we are able to significantly increase the positive impact we can have. We are proud to be a part of supporting the urgent life-saving medical work being done for Syrian and Iraqi child refugees by our HERO, Ms. Arwa Damon and her team at INARA.  Arwa is truly giving one of the greatest gifts of all – unlocking the future for children.” added Ms. Stern and Mr. Leibowitz.

INARA builds partnerships with existing medical facilities to secure reduced cost or pro bono care for child refugees fleeing war zones. Caseworkers establish a link between vulnerable children and networks of medical providers and follow up through all stages of treatment, including rehabilitation.  INARA is currently working with child refugees from war-torn Syria at the organization’s base in Beirut, Lebanon.

Speaking about the award, Arwa Damon said: “I’m honored to receive the first ever World of Children Crisis Award. This is a real recognition of our hard work to help these children in their most desperate time of need. So many doors are being closed in these families’ faces at the moment, but by providing them medical assistance, paid for by kind donors from across the globe, we can remind them that people really do care.”

Arwa Damon will accept her Award at the 2017 World of Children Hero Awards to be held April 19 at Montage, Beverly Hills.



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INARA provides life-altering medical care for children from conflict areas who have catastrophic injuries and are unable to access treatment due to war.

INARA steps in to fill the gaps in access to medical treatment when not provided by other institutions or non-profits, including financial assistance where needed. The organization does not compete with, but complements pre-existing medical facilities by building partnerships in order to secure reduced or pro bono care.



Lynn Naylor
Executive Director, World of Children
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