Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon follow-up … April ’20
Thanks for your patience in this trip update.
Sulaymaniyah and Erbil area refugee camps continue to be highest on our priorities for relief and development. All work is on-going, whether we are there or not.
Distributions of food and essentials happened in the Syrian refugee camps in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, as well as among the Yazidi in Iraq/Kurdistan. We cannot say enough positives of our associates and leadership in each of these regions, as they do so much ground-work preparations for our time there, as well as post-trip development of TCD-Transformational Community Development.
Please pray our teams can get back into the camps, post-Covid-19, to continue all these important distributions, training, and mentoring work so essential to any long-term successes in these types of environments.
Mike and I are very much hoping to get back, as soon as the window opens again for travel to the region. An important consideration is that we had planned to have an Entrepreneur Leadership Training team there in May. Covid-19 has set many things back. We press ahead.
Many-many ZOOM (and ZOOM-type) calls have happened in the past 6 weeks, and continues to be our mainstay for relating, communicating, trainings, and plannings.
(not her real name) had taken a tumble a few weeks before our arrival in Lebanon(Beqaa Valley). While there, we were able to get her injured arm X-rayed, and she is now in therapy and progressing well. Many variations of these types of stories happen on each trip, and we are grateful to be available to help those in our current journey.
Story … Kalar, Iraq/Kurdistan was not part of our original plans for this trip. We got word that this was a special town, with special needs that we might possibly address. One thing led to another, and we ended up meeting the wonderful mayor there, and discussing preliminary plans to bring in a medical team. These kind of unplanned side-trips happen on each trip, allowing us the opportunity to move ahead in some form of assistance. If you or others you know would like to be a part of a medical team going there, please contact me immediately.
Bardarash Refugee Camp, near Erbil, Iraq/Kurdistan, was a special focus on this trip, as it allowed us to assess and interview several in the camp, prepping our future times there for helping.
If your heart moves you, we are much intent on priming the pump financially for our next trip into the region. Donations gifts can be made at the link below. Grateful we are, for your considerations in this !!!
For other means to donate directly to a given project, please contact me.
Thanks immensely … ! Daniel
Dear one …
IRAQ/Kurdistan now … Erbil, Kalar, and Sulaymaniah …
Each person and family has a story. Severe loss and trauma escapes none of their personal histories or lives. You and I are on journey with these precious ones.
Sometimes it all seems like a drop in the bucket … $6K spent on food here … $2.2K spent on heating fuel there … $1.2K spent on a flood prevention drainage pipe over there … $150 given for a severe case of asthma in another place … $150 given for X-rays for a fallen damaged elbow of an 8 year old girl … $200 given for location permanence costs … it can never end.
Yet none of this life we live is really about funds.
Some relationships are ever so brief, only a half-hour interview, at times leaving one with a type of vacuum of heart … what just happened back there?(.) Another has been built over several years now, ever deepening in each of our times together. Most are somewhere in-between.
We are working with such great teams over here. They know how to love … a lot longer and deeper and better than we do in these contexts. We are so grateful they are here, living close, able to relate and give much more in relationship, as we are here for such a brief time as this.
A lot more is happening outside these camps, in other relationships and venues we savor.
More to come in our next update … cannot thank you enough for your being here with us and them in prayer and financial backing !!!
“(He) is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
48 hours & off to Iraq/Kurdistan & Lebanon …
Struggling on this update, as to how to best communicate. I don’t want “drama”. Yet do want to communicate in trueness, difficult realities.
Mike and I leave in about 48 hours(Thursday) for Lebanon and Iraq/Kurdistan.
Let’s start with some very good news !
$ 20,000 has already come in for Iraq/Kurdistan refugees, relief, training, development, TCD! So very grateful !
$ 5,000 has already come in to cover all my trip expenses and some overages for development! So very grateful !
$ 4,000 has already come in to cover my colleague, Mike Park’s travel expenses and relief needs! So very grateful … and he is also ! 🙂
$ 1,250 … of the $ 2,000 – $ 5,000 needed/desired for the refugees in Lebanon, has come in. So very grateful !
If your heart so moves you to help with this, please let me know, and I can help you best to channel those funds, quickly. So grateful (sensing some repetition here) for your urgent considerations in this !
Now for some difficult communications.
Refugees from Syria are pouring into Turkey, and there remains a flow into Iraq.
It’s been an awful cold winter in this region of Iraq and Lebanon. Refugees are in need of basic sustenance food items and heating fuel. One of the above photos shows our staff there, in the Karakosh/Ninivah region of Iraq, getting fuel for refugees there. Another photo showing is from a news source, where people/families, have literally frozen to death. I drew the line at not showing those more explicit photos.
Our agenda remains the same as in our last update. Already, we’re having to adjust the schedule to accommodate additional needs and added collaborative times with others in the area.
In brief, we are planning to:
Relief Distribution to refugees in the Bardarach(Barda rash)
Meet diplomats working to protect minorities
TCD follow-up training – Yazidi refugees and Kurdish leaders
Relief Distribution to Yazidi refugees around Sulaimaniyah, Kurdistan
ELD – Entrepreneur Leadership Development vision casting
Meet with many leaders currently embracing our TCD/Development Model
Plan our next trips there in 2020
Key players who seek to initiate new potential K-12 school
Hoping you’ll receive another of these updates, fresh from the field, soon
Thanking you much for your kindness in reading this and your listening heart !
Daniel and Nora
GHNI – Global Hope Network International (11% assessment)
Global Hope Network International