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
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 Permanent Homes to replace Tents
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
It was our pleasure to once again be invited by the non-government organisation “The Lotus Flower” to partner in this annual Appeal. This is our third year where the money we raise is used to purchase warm jackets, socks and boots for refugee children in Kurdistan. The cold winter is settling into Kurdistan making life … Continue reading 2021 Christmas Winter Appeal
Urgent Fire Appeal following a disastrous fire in Shariya camp, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq:
Erica was guest speaker at the Rotary 2021 District Conference, conducted on-line due to COVID-19 restrictions. Erica talked about her journey as a humanitarian volunteer and her experiences in Greece and Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.