Doubling the Diaper Program in Iraq: Our recent poll of supporters currently gives the Diapers for Refugees program first place among our programs, but it is still number two overall. Most of those responding to the January poll so far have told me to “Do it all / Whichever you think is best” which includes Diapers for Refugees, Christmas for Refugees, the Nigeria Easter program and our advocacy programs on Capitol Hill.
That is a tall order. The current isolated status of the Kurdish region of northern Iraq where our mission on the Nineveh Plain is located makes the tall order even more complicated.
This year, I want more than anything to double our diaper program in Iraq. In December 2017 we managed to increase the program more than 10%, even though the cost of the diapers increased. The December diaper program in Iraq cost $22,000 rather than the $18,000 cost in each previous quarter. In the quarter ending in December, we delivered 180,000 diapers.
In March we were able to increase the amount to 220,000 diapers at a cost of $24,950, bring us almost 40% towards doubling the program this year! Sanitary pads for 250 mothers will cost $230 and special needs diapers for 60 older people will cost $720. The grand total for March was $25,900.
However, this significant increase was only made possible by one very generous supporter whom the Lord has blessed who donated $8,000 toward the March diaper delivery. I am worried we may not be able to maintain this growth for the June diaper delivery.
Please pray that once again we will meet our goal in June of expanding the diaper program. The need is so great for these refugee families!Help DOUBLE the Diaper Program in 2018