2021 Garden of Hope Appeal

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 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.

See the DONATE button our home page: http://www.operationhopeaustralia.com
100% of your donations will be remitted to The Garden of Hope project. Donations over $2 are tax deductible.


Photo credits: Sohf Lisa at Shariya camp March 2021

2019 Women’s Health Workshops

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.

Thank you to our supporters

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.