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.
Give a child a pair of warm shoes and a jacket to help them keep warm this winter.
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Image Credit: Layla – a Yazidi refugee in Essyan Camp.
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:
- Go to our webpage: www.operationhopeaustralia.com and hit the DONATE button OR
- 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
- 5 Defibrillators
- 1 x ECG
- 6 x Patient monitors
- Standup Patient mover
- IV stands
- Blood fridge
- 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
- Medical equipment for Sinjar hospital in Iraq
ABC journalist Matthew Bedford has written an article about our 2nd Shipping Container project. Click the link below to go straight to the article on ABC news.
We are collecting medical equipment that will be delivered to the Department of Health in Duhok, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq and be distributed through their hospitals in the Duhok Province.
The DOH hospitals provide medical service for all the Kurdish residents and the many thousands of refugees and IDPs living in the camps in the Duhok Province.
We are very grateful to the hospitals that are providing the equipment – Dubbo Private Hospital, Foster Private Hospital, Maitland Private Hospital and Toronto Private Hospital.
Funding is still required to cover the transport costs of the shipping container from Botany Bay, to Mersin, Turkey then overland into Duhok, Kurdistan, Northern Iraq.
If you are able to help out, simply click the DONATE button on this website.
Thank you for your support.
11 tonnes of equipment and aid has been unpacked from the shipping container and the distribution process has started. Approximately 12 hospitals in Kurdistan and Syria including Maternity hospitals, Dental clinics, Blood Banks, Emergency departments, Paediatric emergency, the Joint Help for Kurdistan medical clinic at Baged Kandala 2 camp and a Burns & Plastic Hospital will receive the medical equipment.
Refugees and Internally Displaced People from at least 7 camps in Kurdistan and Syria will be the recipients of the aid. Priority will be given to orphans, widows, women and children recently released from ISIS and the poorest families (not having any money to even pay the school fees to help educate their children). You can read about the distribution and view a couple of videos at the most recent blog post here.
2,199 x “Days for Girls” hygiene kits have been given to the NGO “The Lotus Flower”. Last year they ran two successful workshops in Rwanga refugee camp. All the kits will be distributed through womens health workshops at Rwanga camp and Essyan camps for internally displaced people and the Domiz camp for Syrian refugees.
Despite our best efforts to reduce the storage costs at the privately run customs facility and an appeal to the Assistant Governor for Duhok province, the extra fees, due to delayed processing incurred during the import of the container, amount to US$2,090 at customs and US$3,495 to the Turkish transport company.
Fortunately we had budgeted for some extra fees but have a shortfall of $A2939. We would really like to complete the shipping project without debt so that we can proceed to fund other projects for the refugees and IDPs in Kurdistan.
Could you help us with a donation?
- via internet banking or personally at a Westpac Bank in Australia
Account Name: Operation Hope Australia Ltd
BSB: 034 087
Account Number: 045 791
SWIFT/IBAN Code: WPACAU2S
- Donate online using credit card: