Operation Hope Teddy Project: The Background Story…


Teddy Bears Without Borders recently received a request for handmadephoto-6-kids teddies from Erica Henley and Operation Hope.  Here’s a bit of the background story from Erica as to what Operation Hope does and how contributing teddies will assist with their work.

Operation Hope is made up of a small group of Australians who travelled to Greece last September and spent time volunteering with NGOs in the refugee camps.  On May 3rd we are flying from Sydney to Erbil (Kurdish Iraq) to volunteer with AdventistHelp who are setting up a new field hospital. The hospital is to be located at two camps between Mosul and Erbil where 60,000 mainly Iraq and Syrians have fled to escape the horrors of Mosul. These camps have housed these displaced people for two years and there have been very little help or support from the international community….certainly very little medical services.


Erica’s son working as a volunteer emergency nurse in Oinofyta Refugee Camp near Athens, September 2016

We are not an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) or even registered as a charity. We are self funded and are refugee advocates. Most of us belong to Uniting Church and advocate and work with and for refugees through our local parishes .  

All our volunteers are self funded with 100% of funds raised going to purchase medical equipment and basic necessities for these displaced peoples. We have already purchased an X-ray machine and digital processing unit and are looking to fund an IStat machine to enable Pathology testing to occur onsite.  We recently heard that two dental units have just been donated to the hospital – woohoo!

We have a bank account that receives all the funds raised and we either spend the funds when overseas to meet the basic needs of refugees or make donations to other NGOs like AdventistHelp to purchase the medical equipment they need.  

 If you would like to join our group as a medical or humanitarian volunteer or support us financially and/or prayerfully or knit tiny teddies for the children who will be coming to the hospital we would love to hear from you.

All donated teddies will be gifted to children who visit the field hospital between the refugee camps to provide some comfort and assist with the trauma that they are experiencing.

The Operation Hope Teddy Project will run from March 2017 to May 2017.

For specific details on the type of teddies required, cut-off dates for teddies to be received and postage/drop-off details, please see the Teddy Project Page: Operation Hope.



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