The garden is growing…. the healing is starting Operation Hope Australia are so excited to be partnering with NGO Springs of Hope in their garden project they are establishing in the Shariya Camp, Duhok, Kurdistan.The Garden will serve as an educational hub for the Shariya Camp schools and the Hope Centre classrooms providing volunteer opportunities … Continue reading 2021 Garden of Hope Appeal
International Womens Day 8 March 2021 Today we Launch “2021 Garden of Hope Appeal” to make a positive difference and to bring hope to ISIS survivors in Kurdistan and Iraq. Please donate generously to assist in the building of a Garden of Hope in the Shariya camp, Duhok, Kurdistan. Simply click the DONATE button on our home page – … Continue reading 2021 Garden of Hope Appeal
Update 20 December 2020: Thank you for your generous donations totalling $A5,500 which will make a huge difference in the lives of these children in the harsh winter they are now experiencing. Winter is coming to Kurdistan, and for the 300,000+ refugees in the camps this is their seventh Christmas in flimsy, mouldy tents – … Continue reading 2020 Winter Christmas Appeal
14 September, 2020 Update: New hard paddles for defibrillators donated. We are very grateful to STRYKER, a medical supply company in Sydney who have donated 5 brand new hard paddles for the 5 Defibrillators that were donated from Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. The defibrillators are in the shipping container that is expected to arrive … Continue reading 2020 Start a Heart – Funded
On 21 July, I was honoured with an award from my Rotary Club, who nominated me for the Rotary International Zone 8 (Australasian) “Outstanding Humanitarian of Year Award 2020”. Each Rotary District is part of 6 worldwide Zones, with Australia’s being part of Zone 8, which includes oceanic nations like Australia, New Zealand, East Timor … Continue reading 2020 Outstanding Humanitarian of Year Award
Tonights episode of Foreign Correspondent on the ABC provided a good description of the events of 2014 when ISIS swept into the Yazidi region of Sinjar, murdered thousands of men and old women, took boys hostage and kidnapped young women to be sold as slaves.
The Garden has been established for several years and during that time tonnes of fruit and vegetables have been harvested each summer. This has enabled the refugee families to have their diet supplemented with the fruit and vegetables. There are limitations to the number of crops planted each year as the two hothouses currently need … Continue reading Further Development in the Garden of Hope
It is 8 years since ISIS murderers attempted to exterminate all Ezidi people. Use this link to view the video on ‘Nadia’s Initiative’, which explains who the Ezidi are, what happened on August 3, 2014 and the continuing impact on the Ezidi community. &lt;/p&gt; See also the Facebook page of Nadia’s Initiative.
New Housing Project:The 2,471 refugee families in Shariya camp (totalling approximately 19,000 individuals) have been given permission to replace their worn out tents with cement block homes. For the refugees who have been living in these tents for the past 8 years, it is a relief that the Kurdish government has given permission for the … Continue reading Building Hope
This Christmas and New Year we have raised $A15,000 to purchase warm clothes for refugee children for .
The weather has been bitterly cold in Kurdistan, making conditions in basic camps harder than ever when warm clothing is needed. The majority of refugees and displaced people live in rudimentary tents and cabins. These have little or no heating inside, so when the snow falls and the temperature plummets, things can get pretty miserable … Continue reading Snow in Kurdistan – Warm clothing needed