2020 Shipping Container Project

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:

  1. Go to our webpage: www.operationhopeaustralia.com and hit the DONATE button OR
  2. 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.

2020 Shipping Container to Kurdistan

Project Update:

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:

  1. Go to the home page of this website and click the DONATE button
  2. 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
  3. 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

2019 ABC News Article

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.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-17/old-humidicribs-from-regional-nsw-hospitals-sent-to-iraq/11692658?pfmredir=sm

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.

We need your help

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
  • Donate online using credit card:

FULLY FUNDED: 2 x Oxygen Concentrators for Sinjar Hospital

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:

  1. 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
  2. By paypal or credit card via our webpage: operationhopeaustralia.com               Simply press the donate button
  3. By cheque F/- Operation Hope Australia Ltd.  Mail to 47 Coal Point Rd, Coal Point, New South Wales  2283  Australia

Receipts can be issued if you advise us your email or mailing address

Further information or enquires can be made to Erica Henley, Chairwoman of Operation Hope Australia Ltd +61 2 409 505 945 or operationhopeaust@bigpond.com

Update from Iraq 2018

26 September

Dr Dunia Erica Leanne

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.

30 September

Camp Life

2 October

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.

3 October

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.