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

2021 Garden of Hope Appeal

International Womens Day 8 March 2021

Today we Launch  “2021 Garden of Hope Appeal” to make a positive difference and to bring hope to ISIS survivors in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Please donate generously to assist in the building of a Garden of Hope in the Shariya camp, Duhok, Kurdistan.

Simply click the DONATE button on our home page – all credit cards are accepted

2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Update 20 December 2020: Thank you for your generous donations totalling $A5,500 which will make a huge difference in the lives of these children in the harsh winter they are now experiencing.

Winter is coming to Kurdistan, and for the 300,000+ refugees in the camps this is their seventh Christmas in flimsy, mouldy tents – with the real risk of flooding from heavy rainfall and snow. There are 45,000 children in 3 refugee communities, many who need warm clothes this winter.

Project:

We will buy warm jackets and boots to keep as many children as possible warm this winter. 

We have partnered with a local NGO, ‘The Lotus Flower’, who will purchase new jackets and shoes and fit the children individually.

Project Costs:

Child aged 1 – 10 years old: $A28

Child aged 11-15 years: $A35

Donate to 2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Give a child a pair of warm shoes and a jacket to help them keep warm this winter.

AUD

2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

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.

Donate to 2020 Winter Christmas Appeal

Give a child a pair of warm shoes and a jacket to help them keep warm this winter.

AUD

Payments are processed securely by STRIPE. A tax deductible receipt will be emailed to you.

Operation Hope Australia Ltd is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission as a Public Benevolent Institution.
Holder of Charitable Fundraising Authority number CFN/25011 issued by the NSW Department of Fair Trading.
Registered with the Qld Office of Fair Trading as a charity, Reg. No. CH3219.
Registered with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office. Gifts of $2 and over are tax deductible.

Image Credit: Layla – a Yazidi refugee in Essyan Camp.

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.