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2020 Winter Christmas 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 – with the real risk of flooding from heavy rainfall and snow. There are 45,000 children in 3 refugee communities, many who need warm clothes this winter.

Project:

We will buy warm jackets and boots to keep as many children as possible warm this winter. 

We have partnered with a local NGO, ‘The Lotus Flower’, who will purchase new jackets and shoes and fit the children individually.

Project Costs:

Child aged 1 – 10 years old: $A28

Child aged 11-15 years: $A35

Donate to 2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Give a child a pair of warm shoes and a jacket to help them keep warm this winter.

AUD

2020 Start a Heart – Funded

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 in Kurdistan in a few weeks time.

STRYKER organised import of the new hard paddles and they were given to me recently by their representative Cate Ayers. We are so thankful for their generosity – retail price for the 5 hard paddles is $A3,730.

My job is now to get the hard paddles freighted to Kurdistan so that they can be distributed along with the defibrillaters.

If you would like to contribute to the cost of freight please go to our home page and simply click the DONATE button.

Thank you.

2020 Outstanding Humanitarian of Year Award

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 and Papua New Guinea.

I am overwhelmed and humbled by this acknowledgement of the work of Operation Hope Australia Ltd in supporting Refugees and Internally displaced people in Northern Iraq.

I accepted this award publicly acknowledging my deep thanks to my husband Kim Henley for  all the love and support he has given to me and with our projects of Operation Hope.

Thanks also to my Rotary Club – Toronto New South Wales, Australia

I am proud to share this award with Sarah Brown for her incredible work with indigenous people in Central Australia requiring dialysis. Her work can be viewed on the webpage: http://www.purplehouse.org.au

Vale: Rev Rob Bos

Vale Rev Robert Bos.

We are very saddened by the news that our friend Rob has passed away in Melbourne following a courageous battle with cancer. Our deepest love and sympathy to Ainslie and their families.

Rob was a gentle man who had a profound affect on so many lives – whether in his ministry to congregations, writing resources and Christian education materials or in his work in communities – Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, India, Kurdistan and many other places.

I remember using one of Rob & Ainslie’s resource booklets in our home group in Brisbane in 2015. The following year they moved to West End and we met at the Uniting Church and had a brief period of connection and friendship before Kim and I moved to Newcastle.

Both Rob and Ainslie followed and support the projects of Operation Hope from the beginning in 2016. They journeyed with us as team members to Kurdistan, Northern Iraq in May 2017.

Not even the harsh heat of that summer deterred Rob from picking up a paint brush to finish painting the interior of the new emergency field hospital in a refugee camp 20kms from Mosul. Rob joined a group of American volunteers on a weekend visit to the ancient Chaldean village of Alqosh and heard of the work occurring at the New Hope Trauma Centre assisting refugees from the nearby camps.

He diligently wrote up an extensive report of our trip to Kurdistan that has meant we have maintained links with the New Hope Trauma Centre and their leaders.

A life well lived. Rest in Peace my friend.

Comments from fellow team member Leanne Rogers:

This is sad news Erica. The world has lost a brilliant man and heaven has gained a saint. I remember so fondly the wisdom of both Rob and Ainslie as we gathered together on the roof of our house in Iraq each evening, and shared stories from the Bible. These are times I cherish and will never forget. Condolences to Ainslie and the family. He will be missed greatly.

2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Children in refugee camps need warm clothes and shoes.

Winter is approaching fast in Kurdistan. Thousands of refugee and displaced families are facing freezing conditions in filmsy, mouldy tents that will barely withstand the coming rain and snow. Temperatures drop as low as -4 degrees C.

The children need warm clothes and shoes.

There are approximately 45,000 children in the Essyan Camp, Chamishco Camp and Renaga Community near Duhok in Kurdistan. We want to provide jackets and shoes for as many of these children as possible. Priority will be given to children who are orphans, come from single parent families and the poorest families.

Please donate to give boots and jackets to these children.

  • A jacket and pair of shoes for 1 child aged 1 – 10 year old will cost A$28
  • A jacket and pair of shoes for 1 child aged 11 – 15 years will cost A$35

Your donation will buy new items, which will be distributed by our partnering NGO, The Lotus Flower.

Donate to 2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Give a child a pair of warm shoes and a jacket to help them keep warm this winter.

AUD

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Operation Hope Australia Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission as a Public Benevolent Institution.
Holder of Charitable Fundraising Authority number CFN/25011 issued by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.
Registered with the Qld Office of Fair Trading as a charity, Reg. No. CH3219.
Registered with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office. Gifts of $2 and over are tax deductible.

Image Credit: Layla – a Yazidi refugee in Essyan Camp.

2020 Medical Equipment to Sinjar Hospital

Medical equipment for Sinjar Hospital: 2nd October 2020

Thank you Dr Hussein Nasser Ra Sho for organising collection of the medical equipment from our shipping container in Duhok, Kurdistan and distribution to Sinjar hospital in Northern Iraq

Thank you to the philanthropic group in Sydney (who wish to remain anonymous) for their kind donation of the new equipment:

1 x oxygen concentrator

1 x oxygen filling station/compressor

2 x oxygen analysers

1 x oxygen cylinder

Thank you to Thomas Rabbitt and other Biomedical staff at John Hunter Hospital here in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia for the donation of medical equipment:

Stethoscope

Defibrillator

Paediatric Ventilator

Thank You to all those who donated financially to our 40ft Shipping Container Project. We rely on generous donations to fund our projects.

Thank you Hameed Fattah and Dr Hivan Sarbast from the Directorate of Health in Duhok, Kurdistan for your continued assistance in the distribution process.

#MedicalEquipment #SavingLives #Refugees #InternallyDisplacedPeople #SinjarHospital

2020 Medical Journals to College of Medicine in Mosul

More distribution from our 40ft shipping container on 30 September, 2020 in Duhok.

One of our Directors Dr Abdulrazak Barazi kindly donated medical books and journals.

Over the years and particularly in 2016 and 2017, Mosul was attacked by ISIS resulting in the destruction of many hospitals, schools and universities. Even today, doctors are providing medical assistance out of small caravans.

The donated books are going to the School of Medicine in Mosul.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of the Shipping Container Project. We are totally reliant on generous donations to implement the projects of Operation Hope.

Thank you Dr Abdul for your generous donation

Thank you to Dr Zaid (Dr Abdul’s nephew) who will ensure transport of the books from Duhok to the School of Medicine in Mosul, Northern Iraq.

Thank you to Hameed Fattah at Directorate of Health for assisting in Distribution

#Education #MedicalStudents #ResourcingMosul