Operation Hope has built 5 cement block homes in Shariya Camp for poor families from generous donations.
The 2,471 refugee families in Shariya camp (totalling approximately 19,000 individuals) have been given permission to replace their worn out tents with cement block homes. For the refugees who have been living in these tents for the past 8 years, it is a relief that the Kurdish government has given permission for the tents to be replaced by a 4m square room containing a window and door. This will be a much better environment for the families as they face hot summers and freezing winters each year.
But the $US1000 cost per house had to be paid by the family.
There are many families, widows and orphans who don’t have enough money. Without generous donations, these people would be left in their cold tents.
Operation Hope donors have given over A$8,000.00 to help these destitute families buy materials to build their cement brick homes. These homes will benefit some of the students in Shariya camp who have survived captivity by ISIS – 99% of them are orphaned and live with their extended family. These students will never have the funds to build these simple homes and their families have in most cases had to pay a high ransom to buy freedom for the young person. Vulnerable women, women with special needs and displaced people in the camp also have had homes built for them.