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.
Apr 15, 2014

More children need our help now!

These children are starving - will you help?
These children are starving - will you help?

In the 65 Kids for Kids villages malnutrition is being prevented but there are many others that need our help urgently.  Outside of our adopted villages mothers face the daily uncertainty of feeding their children.  There are many days when a meal is just not possible.  Inflation continues to soar and much needed protein is out of reach.  There are many villages that have applied for our help but sadly we cannot help them all.  Those that have applied report children dying from malnutrition and malaria in recent weeks.  How can the world stand by and let these children perish.  There is a solution but we need more help.

The reason children are not facing starvation in Kids for Kids' villages is because we work directly with villagers to help them to run the projects themselves to ensure sustainability. Crucially too, we teach them how to be accountable to their own communities. Having your support has enabled us to provide our whole package of projects which affect every aspect of their lives.   However, funds are of course always stretched and there are hundreds of villages that we cannot yet help. 

Our goats provide a family with a chance to escape the desperate poverty that is overwhelming families in Darfur. With the right level of care, six goats can become 20 goats in two years. The family then pass on six healthy goats to another family, and in two years they do the same.   The income from these goats, and the protein from their milk, can transform and even save lives.  Our large mosquito nets are large enough to protect a whole family, they cost just £16.  This is a small price to pay for a life.

The price of goats in Darfur is now £38 – can you help us buy one more?

Apr 4, 2014

Preventing deaths from preventable causes

Our large mosquito net - we provide 2 per family
Our large mosquito net - we provide 2 per family

It is 2014 and it is alarming to think that children are still dying from preventable diseases such as Malaria and Malnutrition.  We continue to help villagers and their children from succumbing to these tragic illnesses but with so many needing our help, we need your help too!

Our aim remains "to lift families out of abject poverty and give them a chance."  We do this be providing a package of sustainable projects that enable whole communities to build a future for their children, and their children, and so on.  Key to this is teaching them how to run the projects themselves but they also need simple things such as mosquito nets and blankets to protect their tiny offspring.

The five villages that we will adopt this year have now been chosen from a heart-breaking shortlist of 18.  All of those that applied for our help reported children dying from malaria and malnutrition just last year, but we cannot help them all. 

We would help them if we could, but it would take more money than we have. However, we cannot just abandon them - how can we when the rest of the world has turned its back on Darfur?  There are 5,200 families in these 13 villages with children under 10.   The smallest children are the most vulnerable.   Malaria is still the biggest killer across Africa. We do everything possible to prevent catastrophes, and children dying from malaria is a catastrophe. We are determined to provide all these families with mosquito nets before the next rains in July. 

Will you help please?

Feb 26, 2014

Health Care ensures babies are safe post delivery

Our latest 40 midwives completing their training
Our latest 40 midwives completing their training

Village Midwives continue to be absolutely key to protecting mothers and babies from the trauma and risks of child birth. Over 1 million babies die within their first day throughout the world but in Darfur, our 108 midwives have saved the lives of hundreds.  

Our donkey ambulances are available so that Midwives can call for help if they need to take a labouring patient urgently to hospital.  As well as being trained to safely deliver babies in one of the harshest places in the world, they are also trained in baby nutrition and provide critical help to young mothers so that they do not feed small babies inappropriately in desperation.  This means that the babies in our villages are cared for long after their initial delivery.  

In 2012 we built a Kids for Kids Dormitory compound housing 40 new midwives each year, the midwives return to their villages fully equipped and ready to safeguard the women in their community from the dangers of child birth. It is hugely ambitious to raise funds for so many midwives each year but the numbers of lives our midwives save makes it imperative. If you can help fund a midwife please let us know.  It costs £2,000 ($3,400) to train one midwife but the support and knowledge that she returns to her village with, post training (10 months) is a commodity that all women deserve.

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