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.
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.
Thank you for your donations which meant I could go out and buy 20 new plastic chairs for the school and 3 tables for the sewing group. I drove to Zakho (close to the Turkish border) to make the purchases and enjoyed walking the streets with market stalls.
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.
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.
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.
Big THANK YOU to Steve and Kim for the work they have done ensuring all the medical equipment donations are in working order and power plugs changed. Today it was checking and testing the four sterilisers….once these items reach Kurdistan, Northern Iraq they can be placed straight into use in the medical clinics, hospitals, heart clinics, birth centre helping those most in need.
Our goal is to get the shipping container packed and sent in November ….. it is a long slow process getting all the necessary approvals from the government departments in Kurdistan.
The latest 4 Sterilisers (including the monster Steve is working on in the picture above) from Brisbane join the other items donated by hospitals in NSW, including;