Vale: Rev Rob Bos

Vale Rev Robert Bos.

We are very saddened by the news that our friend Rob has passed away in Melbourne following a courageous battle with cancer. Our deepest love and sympathy to Ainslie and their families.

Rob was a gentle man who had a profound affect on so many lives – whether in his ministry to congregations, writing resources and Christian education materials or in his work in communities – Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, India, Kurdistan and many other places.

I remember using one of Rob & Ainslie’s resource booklets in our home group in Brisbane in 2015. The following year they moved to West End and we met at the Uniting Church and had a brief period of connection and friendship before Kim and I moved to Newcastle.

Both Rob and Ainslie followed and support the projects of Operation Hope from the beginning in 2016. They journeyed with us as team members to Kurdistan, Northern Iraq in May 2017.

Not even the harsh heat of that summer deterred Rob from picking up a paint brush to finish painting the interior of the new emergency field hospital in a refugee camp 20kms from Mosul. Rob joined a group of American volunteers on a weekend visit to the ancient Chaldean village of Alqosh and heard of the work occurring at the New Hope Trauma Centre assisting refugees from the nearby camps.

He diligently wrote up an extensive report of our trip to Kurdistan that has meant we have maintained links with the New Hope Trauma Centre and their leaders.

A life well lived. Rest in Peace my friend.

Comments from fellow team member Leanne Rogers:

This is sad news Erica. The world has lost a brilliant man and heaven has gained a saint. I remember so fondly the wisdom of both Rob and Ainslie as we gathered together on the roof of our house in Iraq each evening, and shared stories from the Bible. These are times I cherish and will never forget. Condolences to Ainslie and the family. He will be missed greatly.

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.


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.


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.


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

2020 Medical Journals to College of Medicine in Mosul

More distribution from our 40ft shipping container on 30 September, 2020 in Duhok.

One of our Directors Dr Abdulrazak Barazi kindly donated medical books and journals.

Over the years and particularly in 2016 and 2017, Mosul was attacked by ISIS resulting in the destruction of many hospitals, schools and universities. Even today, doctors are providing medical assistance out of small caravans.

The donated books are going to the School of Medicine in Mosul.

Thank you to everyone who contributed towards the cost of the Shipping Container Project. We are totally reliant on generous donations to implement the projects of Operation Hope.

Thank you Dr Abdul for your generous donation

Thank you to Dr Zaid (Dr Abdul’s nephew) who will ensure transport of the books from Duhok to the School of Medicine in Mosul, Northern Iraq.

Thank you to Hameed Fattah at Directorate of Health for assisting in Distribution

#Education #MedicalStudents #ResourcingMosul

2020 Women’s Health Kits for Refugees and Internally Displaced Women

Our shipping container arrived safely in Duhok on Sunday 27 September 2020. It was delivered to the Directorate of Health Warehouse complex in Duhok, Kurdistan.

Unpacking of the Shipping container started on Tuesday 29 September, 2020.

Vian Ahmed, Project Manager of NGO “The Lotus Flower collected 2,913 x Women’s Health kits.

The kits will be distributed through Women’s Health Workshops at Women’s Centres in 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province.

Each Women’s Health Workshop will have about 30 women and girls participating – so it will take something like 166 workshops to completely distribute the 5,000 kits we have now shipped to Kurdistan.

See photo (below) of the training courses currently being undertaken by all of the presenters who will conduct the Women’s Health Workshops. These women are chosen because of their leadership skills and most are women who were in ISIS captivity. They include widows with children and young single women.

See photos (below) showing collection of 88 bags containing 2,913 x Women’s Health Kits on Tuesday 29 September 2020 by Vian Ahmed for delivery to the camps in readiness for the Women’s Health Workshops to commence December 2020.

Thank you to each person who donated financially towards the cost of our shipping container project which has assisted thousands of Refugees and Internally Displaced people. The projects of Operation Hope Australia Ltd are totally reliant on your generous donations.

Thank you to “Days for girls” chapters in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia who made and supplied the kits for free.

Thank you Vian Ahmed and the team at “The Lotus Flower” for training presenters and implementing Womens Health Workshops across 3 Refugee camps in the Duhok province in Kurdistan.

Thank you to the staff at the Directorate of Health in Duhok for assisting with distribution of items in the container.

#Independance #Dignity #Confidence #RefugeeWomen #InternallyDisplacedWomen