URGENT UPDATE Wednesday 7 March 2018:

Dear friends,  There has been an unfortunate situation which has affected the total amount of donations for Tamara.  Darya was promised a USD1200 donation by a friend in Iraq who works for United Nations.  This friend has been involved in a serious accident and is hospitalised …… so can no longer give the donation.

So, Darya has ordered the cornea to come from US and that is all paid for…..

But there is now USD1200 required to meet the total cost of the actual surgery.

If you could help Tamara’s sight be restored could you please donate.


using credit card/ pay pay via the donate button on our website: operationhopeaustralia.com


Make a deposit to our Bank Account

Account Name: Operation Hope

Bank: Westpac Banking corporation, Sherwood Queensland, Australia

BSB: 034 087    Account Number: 045791






Update Monday 5 March 2018

We still need to raise $201.97 to cover the final costs of ordering a cornea for Tamara from US to Erbil, Iraq.

If you are able to help with a small donation we would be very grateful.

Attached is the USD1,000 receipt for the order – we felt it was urgent to proceed with the order of the cornea and have the surgery before Tamara loses the sight in her one good eye.



Urgent update Tuesday 27 February

Tamara is ready for surgery but USD1000 is required to order the Cornea from US then proceed with the surgery.  If you can help out even with a small donation it would be really appreciated.

Update Thursday 22 February

Our team member, Darya Mustafa accompanied Tamara to an eye clinic yesterday and Dr Didar examined Tamara and has given a discount for the surgery because she and her family are internally displaced people with no money.  Dr Didar has stressed how critical this surgery has now become – a cornea has to be sent from US to Erbil.  Without urgent surgery Tamara will quickly lose the sight she has left in one eye.

Revised costs are USD3500 for surgery (already a donation has been received for USD2000).  So we need to raise USD1500 for the surgery and USD200 for medication, food and virology.  So all up total outstanding is USD1700

Please consider donating to ensure that Tamara does not lose all her sight.


Tamara is a 15 year old girl who has lost the sight in one of her eyes and the other eye has poor vision.  Tamara’s remaining eye has a condition known as Horny Cone and will lose the sight in this eye if she does not have eye surgery as soon as possible.

Her case is critical …… her family have taken her to Erbil for examination 4 times but they cannot afford the surgery for Tamara.

The surgery will cost USD4000 of which USD2000 in a donation has already been received.  We are seeking donations for the remaining surgery costs USD2000 + USD400 for biometry, virology, CBC, blood checkups, hospital stay for 2 weeks accompanied by her mother, food, taxi back to camp plus medications.  Total required USD2400

We want to help Tamara keep the remaining eye sight she has in one eye …. will you help by donating towards this urgent surgery?

Please click the donate button if you can help out.  Thank you.

Removal of eye sutures

This young man required surgical removal of sutures following eye surgery.  Darya contacted us as a matter of urgency to provide funding to allow him to travel to Erbil and have the stitches removed in hospital.

Within hours of sending the USD80 needed for the operation, the young man was having the stitches removed with a cream prescribed to help healing.

What a difference his eye looks after removal of stitches.  He is very grateful and now pain free.





Wednesday 28 March, 2018 – Hamody and friends in the camp located 25 kms east of Mosul.


Hamody has now received the sunglasses and eye drops to help relieve his symptoms. He is not sleeping most nights and crying in pain.  The doctor at the camp has confirmed that Hamody needs eye surgery – the same as Sheyma (see her separate blog).  So we are looking to raise USD1000 asap to cover the surgery, medication, food and taxi.

If you would like to make a donation here are the details:

Bank Account with Westpac Banking Corporation at Sherwood branch, Queensland, Australia

Bank Account Name: Operation Hope  BSB 034 087  Account Number: 045791



Donate on the webpate: http://www.operationhopeaustralia.com

using credit card or paypal.



Update Tuesday 27 March, 2018

An anonymous donor has contributed the full amount for Hamody to receive the eye drops and sunglasses for three months.

His case will be reviewed in three months and if surgery is required we will update his situation.


Update Wednesday 28 February, 2018 – Great news:

Our friend Darya Mustafa has ensured Hamody see an eye specialist for a review of his condition.  The eye specialist has recommended that Hamody does not need surgery but he needs sunglasses for 3 months and eye drops.  The cost of this treatment is USD175.

If you would like to donate to help fund this treatment for Hamody then feel free to use the DONATE button using pay pal or credit card.  Thank you


Hamody has lost one of his eyes.  He is losing the sight in his second eye and he needs urgent surgery.  Four months ago, eye surgery was recommended by a doctor in Mosul costing USD900.  Hamody’s mother is a widow with four children and cannot afford the cost of the surgery.

Three year old Hamody and his mother and siblings live in the Hassan Sham U3 camp, 25 kms east of Mosul.

The eye surgery will save his remaining eyesight.

Please join us in funding eye surgery as soon as possible to save the remaining sight that Hamody has and to provide a much better outcome for him.



Marwan sustained serious injury to his left leg earlier last year when he was living in Mosul.  His father has died and so Marwan has no access to finance to fund anything in his life. Major surgery that saved his leg was organised by our friend, Darya Mustafa, in a private hospital in Erbil, paid for by donations that covered the USD5,000 cost for the surgery, physiotherapy, medication and X-rays. However, the condition of the leg continues to worsen, so his leg either needs to be amputated or undergo more surgery for internal fractures and cleaning. Total cost for the operation to save his leg, medication and checkups and his stay in a private hospital will be USD2,600.


Marwan needs a second operation on his leg.

Marwan continues to live in the Hassan Sham U2 camp since it opened last May.  Currently, Marwan is treated and cared for on a daily basis by the caring staff at the Adventisthelp/ADRA emergency field hospital in the camp.

The operation is required urgently to ensure that Marwan does not have his leg amputated.

Could you please help to financially support Marwan to have this operation and therefore ensure his future is a lot more positive.



Update Wednesday 28 February, 2018:

We are very saddened to know that Salwa’s new baby passed away earlier today.  Salwa has been removed from the hospital and returned to the camp 25kms east of Mosul.  I have asked our friend Darya Mustafa to ensure, if it is at all possible, that Salwa be admitted to the ADRA/Adventisthelp emergency field hospital in the adjoining camp.  I am concerned for her health following the caesarian and passing of her child.  Salwa will then be returned to her 4 young children in their tent.

Rest in Peace little one.

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Exciting news Tuesday 27 February, 2018:

Salwa gave birth (by caesarian operation lasting four hours) this morning to a dear little boy.  He is currently in the neo natal care unit which means that Salwa will not be discharged from Wilada hospital until later this week.  His photo is shown above.  We are so happy for Salwa that all is well, though she is very tired.  Giving thanks for new life today.

Update 19 February, 2018:

Our friend and team member, Darya Mustafa has managed to secure a FREE caesarian for Salwa in Wilada Hospital in Erbil.  Today I have sent USD200 and Darya is taking Salwa to the camp hospital for all her pre operation tests – virology, ultrasound, CBC, blood group and a welcome pack.  I will keep you up to date with her progress and birth.

By the way at 25 years of age she is about to give birth to her 5th child!


Salwa is 25 years old, mother to 3 small children and 8mths pregnant.  She and her family live in a tent in the Khazir Camp located 25 kms east of Mosul.

Darya Mustafa, our team member in Erbil, is overseeing the care of Salwa leading up to the birth of her new child and will ensure that she receives the best care.  Salwa requires a Caesarian operation on 28 February that will cost USD600.  Darya is attempting to find a doctor who will do the surgery for FREE.  There will be other costs – medical and food during her hospital stay and a taxi ride back to the camp from the hospital estimated to total USD130.

In March I will visit Salwa and her family in their tent and I will take clothes and toys for the children and something personal for Salwa.

Can you donate to help us ensure that Salwa has the planned Caesarian and receives the necessary medication, food, nappies and taxi ride?





Operation Hope – News Update

We are very very grateful and excited to share the news – Operation Hope, through our donors, raised $5,166.70 in January.

Those funds have been remitted to Iraq and achieved the following:

  • 4 injections for haemophilia sufferer 11yo Rami
  • Surgery to remove gall gladder for 51 year old Amsha who is still in hospital recovering
  • Surgery to remove 2 hernias in 14 month old Ahmad
  • Medication for 4 year old Muhamed who has had “water on his lungs”
  • 10 injections to prevent thrombosis in an 8mth pregnant mother
  • Surgery to remove metal plates in the femur of 4yo Rahaf who is now walking again
  • Surgery and mastectomy for 46yo widow Raafa who is mother to 6 children
  • Second surgery for Abdulmalik for reconstruction and plastic surgery of his right hand and arm, following serious injuries in airstrike last year in Mosul.

Thank you so much to all our generous donors who have made these operations and treatments possible.  Some of the children feature in the postcard posted above.

Please read the individual blogs on the cover page of our website for medical cases still requiring funding.