Arwa Damon wins Time Warner prize for founding INARA

Photo courtesy of Time Warner

Photo courtesy of Time Warner

INARA’s founder, Arwa Damon won this year’s Richard Parsons Community Impact Award at a ceremony in New York. The awards honour individuals across the divisions of Time Warner for extraordinary philanthropic contributions.

At the event, Arwa was also given the Excellence in Service Award. This award is particularly special because it was voted on by the employees of Time Warner.

Speaking at the event, Arwa thanked the company and its executives for being the type of organisation that allows its employees the space to be able to create a non profit like INARA, but also one that encourages and promotes humanitarian work. She said: "What we do at INARA goes beyond just the impact of the medical treatment on the lives of the children who we work with and their families. It’s about creating a counterbalance to the cruelty they have witnessed which has an impact beyond the individual."

Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide, said: “The work Arwa does every day for CNN is extraordinary and makes us all proud. But it is this work she does with INARA, changing the lives of children who so desperately need this kind of help, that truly sets her apart. Please join me in congratulating her on the honor, and thanking her for all that she does.”

INARA was set up in 2014, but officially launched in August 2015. In that time, we have worked with over 50 war wounded Syrian refugee children, matching them to the life-altering medical treatment that they so desperately need.

The organisation has helped Syrian children in many ways. These include:

  • Preventing Elena from going blind, after she was born with severe cataracts. Doctors believed this was because her mother, whilst pregnant, was trapped in the besieged city of Homs for 40 days, where she struggled to access food and water

  • Helping Adnan to lead a more independent life by matching him to physiotherapy sessions. Adnan was shot in the spine by a sniper in Syria aged just 14 years old, confining him to a wheelchair. Now he can walk with the help of a walker

  • Ensuring Nour can go to the toilet by herself again. Nour’s genitals were burnt when a bomb landed on her house in Syria. For years she had to be assisted to the toilet by her family, but now she can go again independently.