Zahra is 7 years old and lives with her mother and brother in the Khazir camp 25 kms east of Mosul.  Zahra cannot hear, is not responding verbally and is becoming withdrawn which is impacting her education. She has been referred to Erbil twice and each time the doctor has said that she requires a hearing aid.

Zahra’s father left the family and is living in Mosul and will not support the family. Her mother has no income and is unable to pay for the hearing aid. Additionally, Zahra’s brother has been injured and requires leg surgery.  I will post a separate blog about her brother once we know more details and cost of his surgery.

The cost of the hearing aid will be a one off cost.  A cheap hearing aid will cost USD350 although it would be fantastic to purchase a good hearing aid but the cost is USD2200. Please help to restore the gift of hearing to Zahra by donating towards a hearing aid.

Thank you for taking the time to read Zahra’s story.






ANHAR – Medication sourced from ADRA/Adventisthelp field hospital

Exciting update Wednesday 31 January, 2018:

Our NGO friends Adventisthelp who built and operate the emergency field hospital in the Hassan Sham U2 camp have offered free medication from their pharmacy for Anhar.  So working as a team Anhar will receive the medication she so desperately needs for Free.  Our grateful thanks to Darya Mustafa, Dr Mustafa Ismael Jaff and Ahmed Fakhree.


Anhar is 10 years old and living in the Khazir camp 25kms east of Mosul.  Both her parents were killed in airstrikes in Mosul.  Anhar has 5 siblings all of whom are under the care of their 70+ year old grandmother in the camp.  The grandmother does not have any money for clothes or anything extra for her grandchildren.  They are surviving only on the food handouts at the camp.

Anhar has epilepsy and requires Tegretol 400mg and carbamazepine 200mg medication which costs USD150 per month.

Our team member, Darya Mustafa, is endeavouring to find the best discounted price for this medication.

So we are looking for approximately $A150 per month to cover the cost of Anhar’s medication for epilepsy.

One way to fund this monthly commitment would be for a donor or several donors to commit to making a monthly payment into the Operation Hope Account so that we can ensure Anhar has the medication she requires.

If you would like to donate on a monthly basis for Anhar please let me know your commitment by email:

One off donations can be accepted as well by clicking the donate button

I will visit this family in March and ensure that all the children receive a new set of clothing and anything else that we can provide at that time.  

Thank you for visiting this page and reading Anhar’s story.


MUHAMED – Discharged from Hospital

Update 3 March 2018

Muhamed is now fully recovered – thanks to the care of the staff at the ADRA/Adventisthelp emergency Field Hospital.



Update February 2nd 2018:

Muhamed is being discharged from the hospital in Erbil and returning to the Hassan Sham U2 camp where he will be under the ongoing care of the staff at the ADRA/Adventisthelp Emergency Field hospital.  Thank you to our donors who helped fund medication and physiotherapy equipment for Muhamed.

Little 4 year old Muhamed has been living with his family in the Hassan Sham U2 camp, 25 kms east of Mosul.  It is winter and living in a tent is cold and damp.

Muhamed was taken to the ADRA/Adventisthelp Emergency field hospital in the camp and was immediately referred to a hospital in Erbil.  His has been in a critical condition with “water in the lungs”.   Muhamed has been in hospital for several weeks now undergoing bloods tests and X-rays.

Our team member Darya Mustafa, organised transport by ambulance for Muhamed to the hospital and has been overseeing his care along with the doctor at the hospital.  ADRA/Adventisthelp have been wonderful providing prescribed medication FREE from their pharmacy at the camp.

Operation Hope has funded medications and physiotherapy equipment for Muhamed costing USD161.

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We are praying for a speedy and full recovery for Mohamed and will keep you updated with his progress.

Darya regularly provides (at his own cost) food, juice and biscuits for Mohamed because the hospital does not provide any of these items.

If you would like to help with these ongoing costs please click the donate button.


Unnamed pregnant mother – Medication funded.

A young mother with one child and 8 months pregnant with her second child was in need of medication prescribed by the doctor in the medical clinic in Khazir camp.

Due to generous donations to Operation Hope,  Darya, our team member in Erbil, purchased the 10 injections for this mother costing USD70.

Darya, will oversee the care of this mother as well as during and after the birth of her second child.  Tragically, this mother is in an abusive relationship but we will do all we can to make sure she and her children are safe and have all they need.  Darya will take me to meet this mother, her child and new baby when I travel to Iraq in March.  I will take  special items for each of them when I visit.

Please donate if you would like to help fund special items for this mother, child and her new baby.  I would like to purchase personal items for the mother including a dress and toiletries, a game or toy for the young child and baby clothes for the new baby.  Other items would be nappies, fresh fruit and any medications they require.



AMSHA – Successful surgery

Update Thursday 1 February 2018

I am so happy to share the news that Amsha has had a successful operation to remove her gall bladder.  The stone was huge and I am sure once Amsha has recovered from the operation she will be pain free.  Thanks to our friend Darya Mustafa, for being our man on the ground – organising transport, hospital tests and surgery.  This has been a great outcome and I am so happy that Operation Hope has been involved in this wonderful process.  Thank you once again to all our special donors.


Update: Sunday 28th January, 2018

We have been able to send USD400 to Iraq to fully fund the surgery, medication, checkups, tests, xray, food for 10 days in hospital and taxi back to the camp.  We are so thankful that Amsha can now have the life saving surgery she needs on Wednesday 31st January.  Doctors have given their time and skills FREE for this surgery.  Thank you to the kind and generous donors who made this life saving operation possible.

Update: Saturday 27th January, 2018

We are well on our way to funding this operation scheduled for next Wednesday 31st January.   We need USD150/AUD200 to reach our target.


Amsha is presently lying in her tent in Khazir camp near Mosul, suffering extreme pain from gall stones and urgently requires an operation to remove them.

Our team member in Erbil, Darya, has managed to organise FREE surgery for Amsha next week in a hospital in Erbil. But we need to urgently raise USD400 to cover the pre operation X-rays, tests and checkups, 2 meals a day in hospital for 10 days, medication following the surgery and a taxi fare to transport her back to the camp.

Please use the donate button on the Operation Hope cover page to help Amsha have the surgery she requires.


AHMAD – Operation successfully completed

Update Wednesday 24 January, 2018

Ahmad has had a successful operation that has immediately decreased the pain he was living with on a daily basis.  His family are very thankful to our donors for their kindness and support to allow this operation to occur.



Update Monday 22 January, 2018:

Funding for Ahmad’s operation has been promised from an overseas donor.  Once the funds are received we will remit to Darya Mustafa to allow Ahmad to have the surgery to remove the two hernias.  We are so thankful for the generosity of the donor that will change Ahmad’s quality of life.   Watch this space.

Update 16 January:

Ahmad is two years old, has two hernias, is in constant pain and is living in a tent at the Hassan Sham U2 camp 25 kms east of Mosul. Today he was transferred by our Operation Hope team member Darya Mustafa to a hospital in Erbil for checkups and tests prior to surgery.

Darya has managed to negotiate a discounted price for the surgery that Ahmad requires. Surgery will now cost USD500 but with extra for medication, checkups, food will cost USD550.  Ahmad’s condition remains serious but surgery cannot proceed until we raise the money from donations.

Please consider donating to this urgent surgery.  Please also share this case with your family and friends.

Thank you.