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.
Jun 2, 2015

Famous Author's Legacy - Ruth Rendell Patron of Kids for Kids

Ruth Rendell reading at K4K Christmas Concert
Ruth Rendell reading at K4K Christmas Concert

With Ruth Rendell’s funeral taking place last week, we thought you might like to hear about her wonderful work as a Patron of Kids for Kids, and her personal sponsorship of Ibrahim, the 9 year old boy who inspired Patricia Parker MBE to found the charity 14 years ago.  

Ruth Rendell was not only a passionate campaigner for the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM), which is why she supported Kids for Kids, but she was also the personal sponsor of little Ibrahim.  Ibrahim’s lonely walk for water, aged just 9, across the desolate deserts of Darfur, was what inspired Patricia Parker MBE, our Founder, to start Kids for Kids. 

Ibrahim first went to school age 9 when the charity installed a hand pump in his village in Um Ga’al.  4 years ago, Ibrahim managed to visit the Kids for Kids small office in El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, despite ongoing conflict, to ask the charity if it could help him finish his schooling.  Soaring inflation had meant his family could no longer pay even the small fee needed.  The constitution of the charity does not allow it to support individuals, but Patricia asked our Patron Ruth Rendell if she might consider helping in some way.  Aged 19, Ibrahm re-entered secondary school and graduates this summer thanks to the support of this wonderful lady. 

“Ibrahim has found schooling hard going” said Patricia.  “Starting school life aged 9 is really tough and Ibrahim has struggled but is determined to get to university if he can. This is why Kids for Kids is doing all it can to provide a Kindergarten in every village.  So far we have 4 which are transforming the lives of children in remote regions - unheard of anywhere else in Darfur.” 

Ruth Rendell has campaigned successfully in the UK to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She believed that the most effective way to achieve this in remote villages was for someone women knew and trusted to advise them. She therefore supported our programme of training village midwives in every Kids for Kids village. Since 2001, Kids for Kids has funded over 150 village midwives in remote communities where there is no other health care.  With Ruth Rendell's support for our midwives, the lives of countless mothers and babies have been transformed. Would you like to help equip our midwives in the 8 new villages we are adopting in 2015?  

$62 provides a goat for milk for hungry babies

$230 buys a solar lantern for night time deliveries

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey so midwives can reach patients quickly 

$612 provides a donkey ambulance to help mothers and babies in distress get to hospital

$3050 trains a midwife to help a whole community, saving lives and teaching hygiene

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

Ibrahim
Ibrahim's walk for water inspired Kids for Kids
Ibrahim will finish secondary school this year
Ibrahim will finish secondary school this year
Ruth was a passionate supporter of K4K midwives
Ruth was a passionate supporter of K4K midwives

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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 

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