Diapers for Refugees

The Diaper program begins:

First truck of diapers being unloaded on March 8th at our partner warehouse in Iraq.

First truck of diapers being unloaded on March 8th at our partner warehouse in Iraq.

The Christmas for Refugees program served many children in Iraq in 2015 … HOWEVER … While I was there administering the program for displaced Christian children a very large need became apparent to me. While various essentials including clothing are sent to Iraq by various ministries for adults and children the babies have a need that is not being met. That need is diapers!

In February of this year the director of the ministry we partner with in Iraq visited Washington, DC and we talked about expanding the Christmas program and urgent needs for Christians displaced from their homes by the Islamic State. The need for diapers was reaffirmed. The need for baby diapers is urgent, even desperate among displaced Iraqi Christians.

Diapers were furnished in Five sizes. It was quickly discovered that sizes 3 and 4 were the most needed. The wholesaler agreed to a swap out and future orders will emphasize the most needed sizes.

Diapers were furnished in Five sizes. These are high quality diapers that do not leak

Rather than an option cloth diapers are a problem. Most displaced Christian families have no hot water Photo 11-03-16 3 15 49 PMand no washing machines. Cloth diapers must be washed outside in cold water and often without soap. For now disposable diapers are the best option.

I tried various options that included shipping diapers made in America from Norfolk, Virginia to Turkey and the then by land to northern Iraq. I immediately ran into to problems. First a 40 foot container would cost $8,000 plus the cost of the diapers. Secondly there is a huge backlog of containers in at the Turkish border caused by the continued fighting. Finally we located a distributor in Iraq willing to sell large lots diapers to us at cost. We were able to obtain our first 30 foot truck of about 150,000 diapers the fist week of March.

On March 8th we delivered a 30-foot truck load of the new high quality diapers to the ministry warehouse in Ankawa, Iraq. Within days, families in need were registered and the distribution began at five different locations. As I visit with congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill I will remind them of the suffering of these Christian families that has come about because of a Sunni inspired war against the Syrian government – a war which to this day the Obama Administration supports.

NEW DELIVERY OF DIAPERS SET FOR JUNE, 2016

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Families must register in advance and are chosen according to need.

Families must register in advance and are chosen according to need.

The misery of these families affects me deeply when I am in Iraq, particularly the children which is why I began the ChristmasforRefugees program. Now babies are being helped with clean diapers. We have begun the diaper project … CAN WE KEEP IT GOING? That is up to Christians in the United States who care about the plight of their brothers and sisters in the Middle East who face persecution.

I want to start by delivering one 30 foot truck – the same as that pictured above – every three months to start. Please help by donating to the “diapers for refugees” project at the Religious Freedom Coalition’s donation page. Your donation will be tax deductible.

The diaper program is one that is much needed today and will continue to be needed until the day these Christian families can return to their homes in what is now Islamic State held territory or are relocated.

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William J. Murray, Chairman

Diapers for Refugees