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 or
FANTASTIC NEWS TO SHARE: 25 January, 2019
1. A mobile oxygen concentrator has been donated to Sinjar hospital by a Doctor in Germany – thank you Dr Andreas Gammel. Thank you also to Franz Josef Hoellwarth from Austria, who responded to my urgent request by communicating the need to Dr A. Gammel. Also many thanks Franz for your continuing tireless efforts for the refugees and IDPs in Northern Iraq.
2. Funds have been raised here in Australia to purchase a oxygen concentrator for the Sinjar hospital. Thank you to all the generous donors here in Australia. Special thanks also to Danny Chard from Vital Resus in Newcastle for his generous discounted price.
Both oxygen concentrators will be delivered and in use by March.
Have a beautiful weekend my friends – wherever you are in this incredible world.
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19 January, 2018
Kim and I are travelling to Kurdistan in February, 2019 to help unpack and distribute the contents of the 40ft shipping container we sent at the end of 2018. I will be coordinating women’s health workshops for 1,300+ women and girls at the Bajed Kandala 2 camp.
I have received an urgent request from Dr Hussein Nasser Ra Sho who works in Sinjar. The Sinjar hospital suffered damage from direct air strikes in 2014 which destroyed 90% of the hospital. The hospital has not been rebuilt and now Dr Hussein works in the emergency department which has been relocated to what was a previously a primary care medical centre. It is a small 4 bed facility with another 6 beds for critically ill patients. They have very little in the way of basic medical equipment. Last year a woman died in childbirth , small premmie babies have died being transported from this facility to hospitals in Mosul, seeking medical help.
Dr Hussein needs an oxgyen concentrator for the emergency department and one for the ambulance. These are vital pieces of medical equipment that will save lives – from small babies through to the elderly.
When Kim and I travel to Kurdistan we will be able to take the two oxygen concentrators in our luggage and personally deliver to Dr Hussein. So the challenge is on to raise $4,100 to enable the purchase here in Newcastle in the next few weeks.
Can you help us save the lives of Ezidi people living in terrible conditions in the ruins of Sinjar? Every donation will help us reach our target in this life saving project.
Donations can be made:
By deposit through any Australian bank or online banking to the account of Operation Hope Australia Ltd. BSB: 034087 Account Number: 04 5791 For overseas donors use SWIFT/IBAN Number: WPACAU2S
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It was wonderful to meet our dear friend Dr Dunia Musa AlMuderis again. Dr Dunia has played a special role in supporting individual IDPs with their medical and basic needs but also on a much wider scale by delivering heaters, fans, blankets and diapers numerous times into the camps for the refugees and internally displaced people.
You may remember last year Operation Hope helped in a small way with the case of the badly burnt girl, Reem……Dr Dunia was instrumental in organising for Reem’s transfer to Italy for specialist treatment.
Father Araam then drove us to a Safe House….. a refuge for Yazidi women released from ISIS captivity. The facility is purpose built and very thoughtfully laid out. There are indoor play areas for the children as well as outdoor quiet reflective places.
Once again discussions were centred on ways that Operation Hope can possibly support this project.
Busy morning at Baged Kandala camp. Many queues to see the doctor, nurses, pharmacist or have tests at the pathology lab. There is a visiting team from America called Habibi Foundation… all are medico’s with a physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist, so there have queues longer than normal.
Classes are in……well almost. Leanne has been doing assessments and after marking we will be starting classes – beginners and advanced ASAP. Some of these students have been on a waiting list for two years. One of our English class students is a teacher at the Bajed Kandala Kurdish school there is also an Arabic school in the camp. Several others are IT graduates from Mosul university and Duhok university. We are using the women’s sewing room in the mornings for classes.
Thank you for your donations, some of which were used to buy student exercise book and pencils.
Dianne Jensens’ June 2017 feature article on Operation Hope won a gold award at the 2018 Australasian Religious Press Wards in Brisbane. The article featured Operation Hope’s visit to Kurdish Iraq including Erbil, and Hasam Sham camp at the time when the camps were being filled with refugees from Mosul and Syria in May last year.
Although filling the 40ft shipping container is already guaranteed with the incredible amount of donations we have already received, further donations are continuing to arrive.
Thank you to the neonatal specialist at John Hunter Hospital for the donation of 6 infant incubators! Also his personal offer of support for the proposed new birth clinic in Northern Iraq including a possibly trip there himself.
Also thanks to Eldrene March for the donation of another really good sewing machine. The sewing group at Bajed Kandala hope to sew and sell children’s pyjamas.
Dear friend Lyn Thorpe-Lindenaar has delivered two more huge boxes of medical supplies from St John Ambulance.
Thank you dear Rania El Mahmoud for making the trip from Sydney with beautiful hijabs and scarves for the women in the camps.
We have purchased consumables for the donated medical equipment – batteries for the defibrillators, electrodes, probes and printing pads …… and none of these items are cheap. The latest 4 x Philips MP70 Neonatal monitors for high level monitoring received don’t have cables. These cost $450.00 per set. If you would like to help to meet the approximately $3,000 cost your donation will do wonderful work saving lives.
Bajed Kandala camp in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq where 11,500 Yazidi people have lived in camps in really hot and really cold weather for the past 4 years.
Our team will be volunteering at this camp in September/October. This camp is the destination for our shipping container.
These are the people who need our donations for medical supplies, new generator for medical clinic, sewing machines and fabric, educational resources.
Please donate to help this community.