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.
Aug 20, 2015

New books bring hope to the children of Darfur

New books!  New hope for a brighter future
New books! New hope for a brighter future

New books bring hope to the children of Darfur 

I cannot tell you how incredibly important our first Kids for Kids Kindergarten has been to children living in the remote village of Abu Nahla in Darfur since it opened in October 2013, and adding a library recently has meant another great leap forward.  Nothing like it exists in Darfur, where even the Director of the State Ministry for Education told us "nothing is available like this in Darfur anywhere else, even in the regional capital where there are a few kindergartens."  Thanks to our partnership approach his department is now funding teachers for each of the Kindergartens we help villagers to build. Our ambition is to have libraries in 3 more schools this year, and add a library to every new Kids for Kids kindergarten from now on. 

Already, villagers from a long way away are asking to join the kindergarten, and this most recent development, our 'Bookworms’ library project, means that for first time ever, children have books available in the village. Medina*, a local teacher explains:  "In the traditional school hut, children learned the Koran and used scraps of wood to scratch their letters on, but we had nothing to help them practise reading.  We needed books desperately.  The Kindergarten, and now this new library, have transformed our teaching.  I have high hopes for my pupils.”

Kids for Kids helps villages to implement holistic, sustainable change.  Having water close at hand means that all the children can now go to school.  This basic education is the first step in giving these young students hope of a better life - so we make sure our books are suitable for both boys and girls. This is something we take for granted here, but it is a first in Darfur.

"It's not only the children who stand to benefit" our CEO Patricia Parker tells us.  "Books have proven to be transformative for the children, and now their mothers want to read and write too!"  98% of mothers are illiterate in Darfur, but by providing a library in the village kindergarten adults have the opportunity to learn too.  We would love to build libraries in more villages, please will you help?  

Please donate today and help a child learn to read!

$30 buys books for the kindergarten library

$50 buys shelves to keep the books safe and tidy

$75 pays for 20 tree seedlings to create a shady place to read at school

$150 pays for education for a child for one year

$1,500 stocks a Kindergarten library

Thank you for your support.

 

*name changed

A traditional school hut in Darfur
A traditional school hut in Darfur

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Aug 4, 2015

Jerry Cans - survival now, and planning ahead

Jerry Cans needed for drinking water
Jerry Cans needed for drinking water

Jerry Cans – survival now, and planning ahead

Thank you so much for your important contributions towards Jerry Cans for people in Darfur who had to flee their homes.  The difference these have made has been so important:  Thanks to you, we have been able to work quickly to help people in desperate, immediate need for water. 

Our Programme Manager Dr Salim reports: “The situation is so difficult at the moment that we are now hiring a store, so that we have some Jerry Cans available locally for immediate use”  There is so much violence.  Just last week our team went out to see one of our new villages, but had to stop on the journey and wait, and then eventually had to turn around as there was more violence up ahead and it was not safe to continue. 

There may even be a need for more Jerry Cans today, as the recent fighting was near one of our own villages.  Even though Kids for Kids villages are rarely affected, it is a strong possibility that people will flee to ours as they know they are stronger.  If we can help with the very basics of life such as Jerry Cans for water, we can save lives. 

Thank you for your support.  

$10 provides 2 Jerry Cans to help a family in Darfur

$62 buys a family one goat to provide milk for the children

$95 provides a donkey to carry water and firewood

$7000 provides a handpump for water to help an entire community

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Jul 10, 2015

The Hungry Months, goat loans and praying for rain

Babies in Darfur are severely malnourished
Babies in Darfur are severely malnourished

The Hungry Months, goat loans and praying for rain

It is hard to grasp the fragility of life in Darfur unless you have lived it.  The Hungry Months, as our beneficiaries call them, mark the seeming eternity that stretches from the day last year's crop runs out, to the day the next crop is harvested.  One of our village committee leaders tells us:  "We know that our seed grain must have rain to grow, and so we have to wait, not knowing when we can plant, and when there will be food again." 

These are harsh times in Darfur, where inflation means families cannot afford to buy food, and the risk of attack makes it very dangerous to go out and forage.  Children all over Darfur are going to bed hungry.  They are malnourished and weak.  Some have already starved.  Parents need urgent help to save their little ones.  

Kids for Kids is helping.   When the rains do come, we will see only a few precious minutes of rain, and it will sink into the sand, but for a few short weeks it is enough for basic crops like millet to grow.  Our farm tools and water harvesting training help villagers to be prepared, and make the most of the opportunity when the rains come.   In the mean time we wait, and with no other protein available it is our little goats and their precious milk that save lives.  With your support we can provide goat loans for milk to feed starving babies and nourish hungry children right away.  We have adopted 8 villages in 2015, and we are going to need 1,992 goats to help the poorest 15% of families with a goat loan.  Will you help us please?  

$62 provides a goat for milk to feed hungry children

$372 provides 6 goats - a goat loan for a family (and they pass on 6 kids to the next family after 2 years)

$45 provides water harvesting training 

$45 provides a set of farm tools so they don't dig by hand 

$75 provides 20 hardy tree seedlings for a new food source close to home 

$45 provides training to care for the animals (we only give goat loans after training)

$600 trains a paravet - there is no other animal care

Thank you for your support.  

A Goat Loan means milk - no more hungry nights
A Goat Loan means milk - no more hungry nights
A loan of 6 goats can transform a family
A loan of 6 goats can transform a family's life

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