Good news: I have sent the $35,000 to Iraq needed to purchase 500,000 diapers for distribution in September.
Bad news: We still need $35,000 for the December distribution at the same time we are preparing for the Christmas for Refugees program expansion.
It will be difficult to raise the $35,000 needed for the diapers at the same time we are raising funds for the Christmas for Refugees program which will be serving refugee children and their families in four, and hopefully five, different nations.
We are currently buying 500,000 diapers at a time which greatly reduces the cost. Each diaper shipment supplies diapers for about 2,000 infants and toddlers over a three-month period. Since we buy in this quantity, we can buy them direct from the factory in Turkey for just 3.7 cents each. Over a three-month period, around 300 diapers are distributed per child. The actual number for each child depends upon age. Packages contain from 24 to 44 diapers depending on the age.
The Diapers for Refugees program began in 2016 when I learned of the horrors caused by a lack of clean diapers. Some babies were scarred for life from extreme diaper rash that became infected. Cloth diapers could not be washed properly as there was no hot water and so many people were sharing the limited bathroom facilities that there were outbreaks of disease.
As Christian families move back to their looted and burned out homes in the Nineveh Plain, the situation has not improved. The well water has the same content of salt as sea water and can’t be used to wash cloth diapers. Drinking and cooking water must be trucked in for perhaps another year, until lines are repaired to bring in fresh water from elsewhere.
Adult diapers are a separate issue. We are buying 888 packages of special needs adult diapers for distribution in September. These are very high quality manufactured in Turkey. There is a great need for these among very elderly Christians who did not receive critical medical care earlier.
Please pray with me that all the funds needed for the Diapers for Refugees program for the rest of the year will be raised well before the beginning of the Christmas season. There is a critical need.
I do not want to be forced to choose between funding the Diaper program in December or cutting back on the number of children and their families we can help celebrate the Lord’s birth at Christmas for Refugees events.
Many of these Christians have seen loved ones die in horrible, violent ways and at the very least all of them have lost their homes and possessions. Let’s do what we can to help them!
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