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.
Oct 28, 2014

First phase is funded but hundreds more need help

Children wait for their next meal
Children wait for their next meal

You may have heard that the rains have been encouraging in sub-Saharan Africa this year. This should mean that people will have enough to eat in the coming months; but things are never that simple.  In Darfur, where inflation continues to be at horrific levels, most people were unable to save enough seed to plant.  Another problem is that, those that had saved millet, would not have had time for their harvest to reach fruition.

At Kids for Kids we are dreading receiving the reports from the new villages, which will apply for us to adopt them next year, of what has happened to their children during 2014. The over whelming silence of the world on Darfur continues to minimise our chances of finding new support.  There are still hundreds of villagers that need seed, since our initial application, more people have asked our project leader in Darfur for help. They have no income and have already eaten all that they have.  They couldn't save seed for planting this autumn, they needed it all last year.  There simply isn't enough.

There is good news though, your help has secured the crop for many families - the lucky ones will harvest well next year and their children might just stand a chance.  Thank you for your support but please continue to find out about Darfur, and Kids for Kids, and tell others about these forgotten people too.

Sep 30, 2014

Children already facing bleak 2015 but we can help

A Kids for Kids blanket delivered to Dor Fazy
A Kids for Kids blanket delivered to Dor Fazy

This year, Kids for Kids has been able to adopt five villages, bringing the total number of villages that receive our package of sustainable help, to 70. We know in our villages there will be no malnutrition. But what about the others?   Because malnourished children succumb rapidly to even minor infections, and because so many died from malaria last year, we have provided mosquito nets to children in 13 other villages. But it is not enough. Darfur is huge, the size of France, and we are only able to help a fraction of those who are in such desperate need. We need more help. 

Our mosquito nets are vital as the rains have now started.  The children are weak through malnutrition and the onslaught of mosquitoes bought about by the rains mean that they easily succumb to infections if bitten.  As the winter months draw in, our blankets ensure that families can stay warm at night and prevent chest infections.  The cost is just £25 but the protection they offer - priceless.

As we head towards the Festive Season, please consider adding mosquito nets, blankets, donkeys and goats to your Christmas lists so that children in Darfur will have a gift too.

Thank you for your support.

Sep 30, 2014

A poor harvest means more hunger in 2015

Tilling the land in the hope of seed for planting
Tilling the land in the hope of seed for planting

Each year we watch for the rains in Darfur. Before they come, fires often sweep through villages from sparks from kitchen fires, causing devastation because everything is at its most dry and brittle. Then the rains come, and sometimes with such ferocity that there are flash floods. In fact, 84 goats were drowned two years ago in our villages.

This year, four children drowned in a hole left where people had dug out sand to make bricks. You would have thought that this rush of water would mean that worries for next year's harvest had a chance. But not so. Millet, the staple crop, the stalks of which are used for hut walls and for fences, takes three months to mature. In North Darfur this year, the rains have been late. A successful millet harvest is unlikely.   This means farmers need sorghum seed if they are to have a chance of having sufficient food for their families next year, but few have.   The thought of another year when children die from starvation, is horrific.  I have been asked if Kids for Kids could provide seeds for the hardest hit villages in the north of Darfur.  My aim is to provide 3kgs each per family. There are hundreds of families we should help with seed to plant, let alone their need for water, goats, health care and everything else.   The market price in Darfur at the moment is £1.75 a kilo, plus transport. Please can you add as many kilos as possible of sorghum seed to your Christmas list?

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