Operation Hope received 2,200 women’s health kits, from some of the NSW & Qld chapters of the International organisation “Days for Girls”, and included these kits in our first shipping container project to Iraq. The kits arrived in March 2019 and following a fund-raising event during refugee week in June 2019, $3777.00 was sent to the Lotus Flower to help support the start of the workshops.
These kits are distributed in Women’s & Girls Health Workshops run by NGO “The Lotus Flower”. The participants in the 3 – 4 hour workshops are the traumatised women and girls who are either refugees or internally displaced women living in the massive tent camps in Kurdistan. A local Coordinator will oversee and train local women from the camps, who will present the workshops in their native language.
The presenters will each receive a salary which will bring financial stability and independence for them. Long term the workshops will continue using women’s health kits made by the women (often widows and/or recently released by ISIS) who work in “The Lotus Flower” sewing groups in the camps. These workshops and distribution of the kits provide a sustainable long term employment program for many women and give education, dignity and independence to many women and girls. Operation Hope is financially supporting the workshops. Thank you to those who have donated to this wonderful project.
A big thank you to all our wonderful financial supporters. Because of your generous donations we were able to help support new and existing projects at Baged Kandala 2 camp under the leadership of NGO “Joint Help for Kurdistan”….
purchase educational resources for the students
choose colourful fabric, wool, sewing tables, sewing cupboard, a floor mat and build shelves and a shoe box for the sewing group
purchase chairs for the english class students
buy bedding and floor mat for a volunteer bedroom
build shelves and replace lino in the pharmacy
buy a ladder for the medical centre
replace a shower, install new taps in kitchen and bathroom areas
buy pots and pans, meat cleaver etc for kitchen
buy a new office chair for the Laboratory technician
send money for a new printer for the medical centre (US$250)
send money for final payment on medical centre generator ($US920)
send money to buy 1 months supply of medicines for the residents at Bajed Kandala 2 camp ($US2000)
Our humanitarian volunteer, Simon Turner, worked wonders using his building and carpentry skills. He overcame the language barrier and created some very useful items in the camp.
Thank you for your donations which meant I could go out and buy 20 new plastic chairs for the school and 3 tables for the sewing group. I drove to Zakho (close to the Turkish border) to make the purchases and enjoyed walking the streets with market stalls.