Aid Distribution progress

The team from Joint Help for Kurdistan has started distributing the humanitarian aid from the shipping container. The arrival of the container and its release for distribution coincided with the Kurdish New Year celebration of Newroz. Packages of toys, clothes and gifts were distributed to the most needy families so the parents would be able to give them to their children at Newroz.

Distribution to the needy at Baged Kandal Camps 1 & 2 continued today as more packs prepared by the Joint Help for Kurdistan crew were distributed. Thanks to Salih, Amina H Juno, Ahmed, Hamo, Aido, Saado, Heat Sdfa, Dr. Ahmed, Majid and Jalal.

It has been a huge job in preparing, cataloging, packing, weighing, shipping, getting it though the border, then customs clearance, but now to see the hard work going to those it was intended to help makes all the stress worthwhile.

And yes – the shipping did go over budget due to the delays at the border and at customs, so if you can help us cover some of the US$3,000 in extra costs, our projects for 2019 can start immediately.

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
  • Donate online using credit card:


Hana is a 13 year old orphan living in the Khazir camp.  She requires urgent eye surgery as one of her eye requires position adjustment.

Because Hana is an orphan she has no way of funding the operation so she is completely dependant on the generosity of strangers.

Total cost of surgery is USD 1,000 which includes preoperative checkups and tests, food costs while she is in hospital and taxi back to the camp at the conclusion of her hospitalisation.

If you can help to fund surgery to help retain Hana’s sight there are two ways to donate:

Bank Account with Westpac Banking Corporation at Sherwood branch, Queensland, Australia

Bank Account Name: Operation Hope  BSB 034 087  Account Number: 045791



Donate on the webpate:

using credit card or paypal.


Thank you



Wonderful news: Several surgeries and a treatment have been funded in the last few days.

Thanks to a private donor in Erbil for funding the operation for Sheyma and an anonymous donor funding the treatment for Hamody.  Hamody now requires an eye operation costing USD1000.  If you are able to contribute to this operation then see details listed below.

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Also the operation to implant an imported cornea for Tamara is thanks to a huge number of people including the SDA congregation at Warabrook.


Thank you Darya Mustafa for organising the transfers, pre operative tests, payment to hospital and specialists.
We have other children and young adults requiring urgent surgery.
If you would like to help with funding their surgery then donations will be gratefully be received by either:
1. Deposit to the Westpac Banking Corporation, Sherwood Branch, Queensland, Australia
Account Name: Operation Hope
BSB: 034 087 Account number: 045791
2. Visit out website:
and using credit card or PayPal click on the donate button