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 for students to develop skills in agriculture/cultivation practices, environmental sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Social enterprises such as selling honey and making and selling soap and beeswax products (lotion, lip balm etc) will provide further skills and income opportunities for the children, youth and women rescuers of the Shariya Camp being served at the Hope Centre, the students of the Shariya camp schools and the larger community.
TIMELINE: • Nov 2020: NGO Springs of Hope broke ground for the garden at Shariya Camp with the approval of local and regional government and camp officials. • Feb 2021: erection of Garden fence and greenhouses, soil and sheep manure delivered, water tanks installed and planting beds marked. 40 Bare root fruit trees planted and vegetables seedlings were planted in the greenhouses • March 2021: small groups of youth visit the Garden to start their Diary program. • April 2021: Opportunities for rescuees to volunteer in the Garden and to receive agricultural education and the therapeutic benefits of working in the garden. Employees will be hired from the community at the Shariya Camp. • September 2021: establishment of The Garden chicken and bee habitats and arrival of bees and chickens to provide honey and eggs to the 210 rescuers. • December 2021: completion of the The Garden and building plans with raised beds, planted vegetables and fruit trees will be growing and harvested for distribution to the rescuees at the Hope Centre and larger camp community. • December 2022: The garden will be regularly providing fresh vegetables and fruit as well as honey and eggs. A farm shop, coffee/tea shop, garden education room and courtyard with fountain will be built and operational.
BUDGET: Garden Building : USD32,200 Garden Monthly expenditure: USD2,300
DONATE: Please DONATE generously to assist with the establishment of the “Garden of Hope” for the 210 x women, children and youth recently released from ISIS captivity.
Our shipping container arrived safely in Duhok on Sunday 27 September 2020. It was delivered to the Directorate of Health Warehouse complex in Duhok, Kurdistan.
Unpacking of the Shipping container started on Tuesday 29 September, 2020.
Vian Ahmed, Project Manager of NGO “The Lotus Flower collected 2,913 x Women’s Health kits.
The kits will be distributed through Women’s Health Workshops at Women’s Centres in 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province.
Each Women’s Health Workshop will have about 30 women and girls participating – so it will take something like 166 workshops to completely distribute the 5,000 kits we have now shipped to Kurdistan.
See photo (below) of the training courses currently being undertaken by all of the presenters who will conduct the Women’s Health Workshops. These women are chosen because of their leadership skills and most are women who were in ISIS captivity. They include widows with children and young single women.
See photos (below) showing collection of 88 bags containing 2,913 x Women’s Health Kits on Tuesday 29 September 2020 by Vian Ahmed for delivery to the camps in readiness for the Women’s Health Workshops to commence December 2020.
Thank you to each person who donated financially towards the cost of our shipping container project which has assisted thousands of Refugees and Internally Displaced people. The projects of Operation Hope Australia Ltd are totally reliant on your generous donations.
Thank you to “Days for girls” chapters in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia who made and supplied the kits for free.
Thank youVian Ahmed and the team at “The Lotus Flower” for training presenters and implementing Womens Health Workshops across 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province in Kurdistan.
Thank you to the staff at the Directorate of Health in Duhok for assisting with distribution of items in the container.
All finished – feeling very happy as we close the door on the shipping container.
The 40 ft container was collected earlier this week and it will be shipped from Botany Bay in Sydney early next week.
Arrival is expected into Duhok, Kurdistan by mid September.
The value of the medical equipment (replaced as new) is $A1.7 million Australian dollars.
Contents will be distributed as follows:
Medical equipment to Directorate of Health, Duhok for distribution into their 11 hospitals in the Duhok province. Duhok Province was chosen because it houses the most Refugeees and Internally Displaced People in Kurdistan.
Medical books and Journals to The College of Medicine in Mosul.
2,913 x “Womens Health Kits” to NGO The Lotus Flower. The kits will be distributed during Womens Health Workshops in 3 Refugee camps where The Lotus flower have women’s centres. Beneficiaries will be women and girls from the camps.
Medical equipment donated specifically for use in Sinjar Hospital. Sinjar is the city in Iraq where ISIS committed genocide of the Yazidi people in 2014. The displaced Yazidi’s fled to Kurdistan and have been living in refugee camps for 6 years.
From the photos attached (below) you can see that many people from many organisations from many towns were involved in donating the medical equipment, donating medical books and journals, making the women’s health kits, donating financially and either collecting/delivering the items. Thank you to everyone who helped out in some way – it truly has been a team effort.
If you would like to contribute to the outstanding shipping costs and transportation then we would love to receive your contributions:
Make a deposit to our Australian Bank Account as follows: Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Pty Ltd BSB: 034 087 Account Number: 045791 Bank & Branch:Westpac Banking Corporation, Sherwood Branch, Queensland, Australia.
There has been significant progress in filling the 40ft Container with Medical equipment and Women’s Health kits. We hope to have the container on the sea in July heading to Kurdistan. The medical equipment will be distributed throughout hospitals in the Duhok province. The equipment will assist Kurdish residents, Syrian Refugees and Yazidi Displaced people seeking surgery or treatment. The Women’s Health kits will be distributed to women and girls in 3 Refugee Camps by NGO The Lotus Flower. See contents list of shipping container at the end of this report.
We need your help with financial donations:
Due to COVID restrictions our fundraising opportunities have significantly declined.
Can you help by making a donation to assist in the shipping costs to get the equipment and health kits into Kurdistan?
Donations can be made as follows:
Go to the home page of this website and click the DONATE button
Make a deposit online or at any Westpac Bank as follows: Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Ltd BSB number : 034 087 Account Number: 04 5791
Make a deposit from overseas using IBAN SWIFT Code: WPACAU2S for Westpac Banking Corporation, Sherwood Branch, Queensland.
Donations are tax deductible
Contents of shipping container include:
3 x Hospital Beds
2 x Theatre microscopes
2 x I Beds for Theatre Patients
1 x Baby hospital crib
1 x Infant intensive care unit
1 x transportable humidicrib
1 x physiotherapy unit to assist in Orthopaedic surgery
5 x anaesthetic machines
wheelchairs – both for infant and adults and 1 electric
56 x Intravenous Pumps with hundreds of consumables
1 x ECG
6 x Patient monitors
Standup Patient mover
8 x Video Otoscopes
1 x Oxygen Concentrator
2 x Display monitors for theatre
1 x emergency ventilator
1 x Tourniquet inflater and cuffs
single use Resuscitator sets
walking and mobility aides
2,745 x Women’s Hygiene kits for disribution in an education program in 3 refugee camps
Medical books and journals for the College of Medicine in Mosul