Kids for Kids

KIDS FOR KIDS aims to help children living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan who live lives of inexcusable hardship and to give them the chance of a better life. We seek to enable families to stay in their villages in the midst of the conflict by helping to improve their lives and livelihoods and lifting them out of poverty. Our long-term aim is to give Darfur a chance by sustaining villages as vibrant institutions - without this people living in the camps will have nothing to return to once peace is restored.
Apr 14, 2015

Diversity Matters - How your help has transformed a family

Thank you for transforming this family
Thank you for transforming this family's lives!

Diversity Matters – How your help has transformed a family:  

You may already know that our aim is to help the poorest women in the remote villages of Darfur, Sudan, who are struggling to care for their families singlehandedly, in a region which not only suffers periodic droughts but continues to face debilitating conflict.  Sometimes however the communities ask us to help people in special need.    Meet 55 year old Mohammed (name changed) whose children have seen their lives transformed thanks to your gifts through Kids for Kids.  His wife Nawal received our Goat Loan and a donkey in 2007, because his disability meant the family was in real difficulty - “We had nothing, life was a daily struggle” he said "But then we were included in the Kids for Kids Goat Loan project. To receive 6 goats plus a donkey was almost unbelievable.  We had never been given anything in our lives before.   In fact, no one in the village had.  It was a dream." 

It would normally be the job of the women to look after goats and take them out to graze but, despite his mobility problems, Mohammed was determined to support Nawal in making the most of this incredible opportunity.  He decided to help by cultivating crops for fodder and ensuring the animals were vaccinated and regularly wormed. With money they earned from selling milk they sent their children to school and when they came home they helped by grazing the goats at a dried up riverbed.  It was a real family effort.   By 2009 Narwal had 19 goats and was able to pay forward 6 goats to another family.  Now, in 2015, they have 25 goats giving the family an income.  "I never imagined we would ever be able to own animals" said Mohammed.  "Just to survive was our ambition.  Now look - I have even been able to buy my children new clothes last Eid."  The family celebrated the birth of a new baby with their neighbours and invited them to a meal, with meat.   "I never imagined this would be possible" said Mohammed.  Their baby was safely delivered by the local Kids for Kids midwife!  Mohammed reports “We are very proud parents - our eldest daughter has now been accepted at ElFasher university, and the sale of a goat has enabled us to fund her studies”.  What a transformation, in just a few years.  These gifts really do keep on giving.   

Kids for Kids has adopted 70 villages over the past 14 years and we are determined to adopt 5 more in 2015.  Our integrated package of simple grassroots projects is proven, and it works because we have developed it hand in hand with local people, listening to what they tell us truly makes a difference.  Water keeps people and animals alive, and frees up time for education.  Goat Loans provide immediate milk for children and a chance of a family income, often for the very first time.  Women empowered in this way prioritise their spending on food, healthcare, education – all of which benefit their children.  Tree planting holds back the desert and provides another food source for the community. Kindergartens give children their first chance of education at a vital developmental stage.  All of these, and more, stop starvation in its tracks and transform the whole community for good – and it is working even now, despite the troubles and challenges in the region.  There are over 900 villages in Darfur, most facing desperate hunger this summer.  Thanks to you, we are making a difference, but many more families, like Mohammed's, need our help.  Thank you for your support!

$62 buys a little goat to provide milk for children

$45 provides a set of farm tools, so they won't have to dig by hand

$95 provides a donkey to carry water for people, animals and crops

$165 pays for 100 vaccinations to keep goats healthy and productive

$372 provides 6 goats for a family, and their offspring will provide for another family in 2 years time 

$535 supplies a revolving veterinary drugs fund to help sick aimals

$600 trains a paravet - the only animal care in the region 

Every penny goes a long way in Darfur.  Thank you for your support. 

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Mar 19, 2015

Please help us prevent malaria and sickness

Mosquito nets and blankets save lives - Thank You
Mosquito nets and blankets save lives - Thank You

Please help Kids for Kids prevent malaria and deadly sickness bugs

As I write this report, we have so far raised 2/3 of our target to help 200 families in Darfur to protect their children. Thank you for your support - together we are saving lives! 

The mosquito nets we provide prevent children from being bitten by mosquitos which emerge at night.  Malaria is still killing children all over Africa and in Darfur, where medical help is virtually unavailable, more and more children are dying needlessly.  We can help.   Moreover, the nets that we give families have an extra fine mesh that keeps out the nasty sand flies that spread sickness causing diarrhoea and vomiting - often deadly for children already weak from malnutrition.    Children sleep directly on the sand floor of straw huts, at the mercy of insects.  

Our blankets are a real life saver too.  Nights are cold in Darfur because the temperature drops rapidly after dark.  The poorest little ones sleep directly on the sand floor with no bed, and no covering.  Many children become ill from chest infections. The weakest die first. This is heartbreaking, as a simple blanket makes such a difference.

By supporting Kids for Kids you have the power to change things for good.  We have proof now, in the villages we have adopted over the years, that these small basic changes do save lives.  We believe that by preventing problems we save lives.  We track the numbers of children over ten and the numbers of children under ten in our villages.  It is heartwarming to see the balance slowly being restored as infant mortality reduces. One teacher told Patricia Parker, our Founder, "thanks to Kids for Kids even school attendance here is up, children are not staying away due to sickness."

Thank you for everything you do.   A mosquito net and a blanket really do save lives.   Please tell your friends about Kids for Kids and our determination to improve children's health here in the villages of Darfur.   

Thank you.

$25 buys 2 mosquito nets to protect children from mosquitos that spread malaria

$42 buys a double blanket to keep children warm at night 

Feb 18, 2015

Midwives training progressing well - Thank You!

Midwife in training
Midwife in training

Midwives training progressing well - Thank You! 

Last time we wrote, the new group of midwives were just about to start their training. Here is the latest from the training school in El Fasher.  Our local programme leader tells us:  "It is always very encouraging to watch these women progress.  Those ladies who were illiterate are now well on the way to being able to read and write.    All 40 midwives this season are working very hard, showing great dedication to their studies. Four of the new recruits have already assisted with a birth, and all four mothers produced healthy babies."

In Darfur, there is no healthcare in the villages. Young women get married early and face the prospect of childbirth with a traditional birth attendant who has had no training - not even the basics of hygiene and first aid. With FGM (female genital mutilation) widespread in the region, there is a high risk of obstructed labour, and in difficult cases rope delivery is the only help. Permanent damage to mother and child are common and many do not survive. Our CEO Patricia says "I can't begin to imagine how fearful these mothers must feel as the time approaches for their children to be born."

Kids for Kids has been training midwives since 2002 and these amazing women are saving lives. Our partnership approach with the Health Authority in El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, means the training school we built there is well respected. We pay half the cost per midwife with the State Ministry of Health paying the other half, which demonstrates the local commitment to providing better care, and results in respect and recognition for the midwives who qualify.  We also provide our midwives with the absolute essentials - their medical kit, a solar lantern for night time deliveries, and a strong cross-bred donkey to reach patients further away, strong enough to pull the 'ambulance' to reach help quickly in an emergency.  They are very proud of their white uniform (a sari or tobe made of cotton) but especially love their leather sandals!  Midwives tell us that people stay in their villages now, because they know they have a better chance.

When our midwives return to their villages they will be amongst the most respected people in their communities. Kids for Kids' midwives are trained in baby care too.   Many mothers in desperation feed their babies unsuitably and some die because they cannot digest properly.   Because they are local women, respected in their own communities, their teaching of the dangers of FGM is believed and in our villages it is a dying tradition. 

Can you help us equip this season's new trainees and save more women and babies in Darfur? 

$3,050 pays for the full training of one midwife to save lives and teach hygiene, including her kit, uniform and leather sandals.   You will know you are saving many babies from premature death, and many young mothers from the risk of fistula.  

$612 buys a donkey ambulance to help women in labour get to hospital quickly

$245 pays for a strong cross-bred donkey to help a midwife reach her patient quickly

$230 supplies a midwife with a solar lantern for night time deliveries

Every penny helps, and your gift goes a long way in Darfur. 

Thank you for your support!

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