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.
Jul 7, 2014

People are starving and praying for early rain

Deprivation hits children hard
Deprivation hits children hard

Our news channels have been showing reports of conditions in South Sudan yet the world remains silent on Darfur. The tragedy is that in the absence of virtually all Aid Agencies and their publicity machines, plus the impossibility of any journalist visiting, the news of Darfur is just not getting out. People are reporting famine in South Sudan yet ignored UNICEF’s warning that 80,000 children are already severely malnourished in Darfur. Without medical help, they will die and the chance of a new harvest is not for many months so this is just the beginning. That is why your support of this project means so much. 

Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids recently commented, "Years of neglect and violence, the creation of South Sudan, and the devaluation of the Sudanese Pound, have combined to cause soaring inflation and desperate poverty. in Darfur.  Families cannot afford to feed their children.   Many have one scant meal a day” said Patricia. “The average annual income has dropped well below the cost of living and families are struggling, out of sight, away from the media spotlight."  However you are showing that there is a way to help.  Our goat loans and simple things like mosquito nets, first aid workers, donkeys, lift families out of poverty and give them a chance.

In 2013, with your help, we provided 1,048 blankets and mosquito nets to families in desperate need.  This year, although we could only commit to adopting five villages out of a shortlist of eighteen, we have committed to providing mosquito nets and blankets to all on the shortlist so that they will at least have some protection against the harsh desert conditions. 

Thank you for remembering Darfur.

May 28, 2014

First kindergarten already impacting the future

Children in Abu Nahla see their first books!
Children in Abu Nahla see their first books!

It is scientifically proven that mental and physical faculties develop fastest during a child's earliest years.  Without proper attention, their educational development is stunted. “Children’s early childhood learning environments have large impacts on short and longer-term life outcomes” (Bassok D, Jan 2014).  Children in the West have attended kindergartens since they were introduced in the 1800s.  But not in Darfur where villages lack pre-school facilities – children there are missing out, trapped in extreme poverty.

Our first kindergarten has now been welcoming children for six months and the results are already impacting children's lives in Abu Nahla. Feedback shows that the whole community participated, especially women in the building of this project. They decided to increase attendance at the kindergarten by 50% to 151 children. So the pilot reached more needy families than anticipated and its value-for-money was dramatically enhanced. We will build on this experience for the construction of further kindergartens in other villages.

The process of constructing the kindergarten demonstrated the importance of the full commitment of the community and its ability to manage projects.  “I am so proud of what the people of Abu Nahla are achieving. When we discussed the plans for the school, they decided they would make the bricks themselves to save us money. As our funds come from ordinary people in England and elsewhere, that means a lot.”  Patricia Parker MBE, Founder of Kids for Kids.

The success of the project is already widely recognised. Kids for Kids have been asked to roll out the project across the other 65 villages already supported by Kids for Kids and to each of the 5 new villages who will receive our integrated package every year BUT, it will take time.  Each kindergarten costs $33,600 (£20,000) and so we are now fundraising hard so that more children will be given the chance of education - a proven way out of poverty. 

May 27, 2014

New midwives urgently needed to save women

A safe delivery for this mother
A safe delivery for this mother

In March 2014, the Trustees of Kids for Kids announced that they would be adopting a further five villages in Darfur.  The five villages are:  Fazy, Goz Byna, Hillat Hassan and Hillat Kharif, and the nomads community of Elkuma.  They will provide their package of projects including goat loans so that children will have milk, healthcare for both humans and animals, donkeys for transport, mosquito nets to prevent disease, blankets, donkey ploughs, crucially the repairing and digging of handpumps in the villages, and much more.  These projects lift whole communities out of extreme hardship.   We urgently need to train two midwives for each of these five new villages, plus in the villages we adopted in the last 3 years.   Our midwife training is a wonderful opportunity for village girls to have a career and support each other.  When they return from our 10 month training course in our purpose built compound they return with new status and have respect from their peers.

Through their training the village girls, who volunteer to take on this intense 10 month training course, have practical experience and many will have delivered twins and helped at caesarean births, although it is hoped that they will always be able to transfer expectant mothers in time for a Caesarean at El Fasher Hospital, if necessary.  When they return to their villages, their peers look to them for advice and give them new respect.  They save women's lives during childbirth and deliver healthy babies. But their job is not over - they also teach women the importance of nutrition and how to feed their babies so that they get the best possible start in life.

At the end of their training, Kids for Kids provide them with a uniform, leather sandals and a medical kit in a tin trunk. They also have access to a strong-cross bred donkey to enable them to travel quickly to their patients, plus a mobile phone so they can call for our donkey ambulance in emergency. The charity’s donkey ambulance is unique, and is often the only means of transport. "The thought of a journey to hospital on a stretcher between two donkeys is frightening" says Patricia. Kids for Kids solar lanterns mean that babies are not born in the smoke and light of a flickering fire.  

To date the charity has funded 108 midwives.

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