Journey to Kurdistan

Kim Henley and I are counting down the sleeps until we fly out from Sydney to Erbil, Kurdistan in Northern Iraq…..3 1 more sleeps!
Although we will be based in the city of Duhok, we will travel each day to Bajed Kandala 2 camp (located 20kms east of the Syrian border) and work with NGO Joint Help for Kurdistan. We will be unpacking the 40ft shipping container and helping with distribution of the contents to hospitals in Kurdistan and the families in Bajed Kandala 2 camp.

Attached are some photos of the contents of the 40 ft shipping container – currently sitting in a customs warehouse near Duhok…….we are hoping that these contents will be repacked into the shipping container and be transported into the camp in the next day or two.

Special thanks to Majeed Shukrey and Alan Diyar, in Kurdistan, who are helping us with the shipping container project – we could not do succeed without your help.

See you soon dear friends

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

Thank you to our supporters

A big thank you to all our wonderful financial supporters. Because of your generous donations we were able to help support new and existing projects at Baged Kandala 2 camp under the leadership of NGO “Joint Help for Kurdistan”….

  • purchase educational resources for the students
  • choose colourful fabric, wool, sewing tables, sewing cupboard, a floor mat and build shelves and a shoe box for the sewing group
  • purchase chairs for the english class students
  • buy bedding and floor mat for a volunteer bedroom
  • build shelves and replace lino in the pharmacy
  • buy a ladder for the medical centre
  • replace a shower, install new taps in kitchen and bathroom areas
  • buy pots and pans, meat cleaver etc for kitchen
  • buy a new office chair for the Laboratory technician
  • send money for a new printer for the medical centre (US$250)
  • send money for final payment on medical centre generator ($US920)
  • send money to buy 1 months supply of medicines for the residents at Bajed Kandala 2 camp ($US2000)

Our humanitarian volunteer, Simon Turner, worked wonders using his building and carpentry skills.  He overcame the language barrier and created some very useful items in the camp.

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Women’s Health

Our own qualified educator, Wafaa Tanius, started the women’s health groups today and over 45 women and girls attended the two sessions. For some, it was the first time they had ever heard anyone speak about their bodies and women’s health issues.
Thank you to the Hervey Bay ‘Days for Girls’ chapter for providing Wafaa with 106 kits to hand out after these workshops.

We have a further 2,199 kits from Queensland and New South Wales coming here to Kurdistan in the shipping container.

Thank you to ‘Joint Help for Kurdistan’ nurse Amina H Juno for her translating skills and support for these women’s groups.

Update from Iraq

26 September

Dr Dunia Erica LeanneIt 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

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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.

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