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.
Nov 18, 2014

Next cohort of Midwives to start training

Midwife School
Midwife School

In a few weeks, our next cohort of village midwives will leave their villages for their 10 months training course and return as fully trained midwives.  They are picked to attend the course because of their commitment to helping their community and all have agreed that they will remain in the village for a minimum of four years.

For 14 years, Kids for Kids has been providing basic help right at the heart of the communities that need it.  The difference that the Village Midwives make is incalculable.   In 18 months alone the charity’s  midwives delivered 1057 healthy babies - including twins - and not one mother died in childbirth.   The midwives were successful too in referring expectant mothers to the distant hospital if they were worried about complications - and all were safely delivered of healthy babies!  There are already 108 trained Kids for Kids' village midwives working in remote villages.

Kids for Kids was asked to share the cost of funding a training school with the State Department of Health.  This ensures the support of the Government.  The training provided at this new school is unrivalled and Examiners come from Khartoum to invigilate.  

 Kids for Kids is showing that by providing a midwife who is known and trusted, encourages mothers not to continue the practise of FGM, either for themselves or for their daughters. Despite being banned by the Government of Sudan FGM is still widespread. Our midwives are convincing women in the Kids for Kids' villages to ban the practise.

 Our policy is to provide two villages midwives in each village.   There is no other support for these brave women who may have to face the difficult situation of someone they know dying during childbirth.   With two trained midwives to hand they are able to reinforce the trust the communities have learnt to place in them. The volunteers who are selected by the full community in each Kids for Kids village, to become Village Midwives, are chosen because they are bright, honest and dedicated.   They also commit to staying in the village for a minimum of four years once they are trained.  Many are young women who have young children who will be looked after whilst they are away.  The course is very tough.  The trainee girls are expected to work six days a week.  They are not allowed out of the Midwives Training Compound unescorted.  Some may be illiterate but will have been chosen because they are known to be intelligent.  They will be taught to read and write at the start of the course.  This has been hugely successful and gives new hope, not only to the women who will now have a trusted midwife close at hand, but also the newly trained midwife's family.  They have a future at last.

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.

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