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 4, 2013

Saving women from dying in child birth in Darfur

The women who graduated as village midwives three months ago are now settling into their new role in their villages. They have now purchased their cross bred donkeys giving them the necessary mobility to be able to reach any women with problems during child birth very quickly. This is of immense importance in contributing to saving lives.  The women in the six new villages having the services of a trained village midwife for the first time are particularly happy knowing that they now have expert advice on hand in the village if they encounter problems during pregnancy and childbirth. For the first time they also have the benefit of regular ante-natal checks which enable potential difficulties to be detected early. These services are so vital and appreciated by the women as maternal mortality in the villages in Darfur is very high and our village midwives save many lives. Your support makes all this possible and the peace of mind which you give to the women in Darfur is a precious and priceless gift.

Overall, the value of the trained midwives has become apparent in recent months. Malnutrition is currently rife in the villages in Darfur as soaring inflation has meant that families cannot affort to feed their children. However, there is no malnutrition in Kids for Kids villages and the midwives have played a major part in this providing sound advice to mothers on how to feed their children in the difficult circumstances. The loan of 6 goats by Kids for Kids to the porest families has also played has been another factor pro viding nutrient rich milk to the poorest families.

We are currently in discussion with the Ministry of Health about the next training course for village midwives which we hope to start during the next few months but the process is stalled at present as we area awaiting reports from the Ministry of Health on the activities and performance of the village midwives which form a part of our contract with the Ministry of Health.  We are also awaiting a decision on our offer to at least part share the cost of the construction of a second MIdwifery Training School in the north of Darfur.   

Jun 3, 2013

Latest news on kindergarten construction in Darfur

Doors and windows in place for the kindergarten
Doors and windows in place for the kindergarten

Good progress is being made on the construction of the first Kids for Kids Kindergarten in Abu Nahla village in Darfur. The walls are completed and the windows and doors have now been fitted - see the attached photographs. These were contributed by the Ministry of Education in a most welcome gesture of support. Kids for Kids always seeks to develop partnerships which enables the funds which we raise to go further and to help more people in the villages in Darfur. The community have requested a verandah to be added to the building to provide valuable outdoor space and an additional teaching area for the children and we are now in consultation with architects to find the most useful but cost effective design.  The kindergarten will have two latrines and these will be the first latrines in the village and hopefully will act as an incentive for families to build their own. The educational toys, musical instruments, chairs and tables, blackboards, art materials and sports equipment are being ordered. We are also finalising the design of the uniform which is going to be a dark blue and yellow tabard with the Kids for Kids logo on it. There is a considerable buzz in the village as the community looks forward to the opening of the kindergarten. 

The latrines under construction
The latrines under construction
The outdoor play area under construction
The outdoor play area under construction
Mar 11, 2013

Update on Saving Mothers from Dying in Childbirth

Boxes of equipment awaiting distribution
Boxes of equipment awaiting distribution

Saturday March 2, 2013 was an exciting day for our midwife trainees from the villages in Darfur - their Graduation Day and the culmination of a year of study and what must have often seemed an extremely long year being away from their villages and families and, most amazingly, even from their babies and young children left behind in the villages for the family to look after - what amazing commitment and dedication these women show to their communities. 39 midwives graduated. The results were excellent with the success rate ranging from 76.3% to 96.6% showing that these young women are not only very dedicated but also immensely talented and hard working. The top students were Asia Dawood Salih Abualsadig from Swelinga village and Zakya Mohamed Sabil Bakhit from Alfaki Ali village who both got 96.6% in their final exams - a truly amazing achievement.  We were honoured that the Minister of Health attended the Graduation ceremony. For the first time the oath taken by the midwives included the commitment to fight harmful habits and female circumcision.  

At their Graduation ceremony each midwife was presented with a certificate, a box of essential equipment for their work in the villages and a mobile phone which will enable them to readily communicate with the local hospital to refer women with pregnancy complications who need specialist attention and to obtain expert advice over the phone. The graduating midwives are also given funds to purchase a cross bred donkey when they return to the village - this ensures that they can reach their clients speedily, particularly in the case of an emergency. The graduating midwives represent 31 villages. For six new villages which Kids for Kids has adopted over the last 2 years the women will be so pleased and excited to have two trained midwives in their midst for the first time to guide them through their pregnancies. This will alleviate their fears and give peace of mind to the women in these villages - many of them dread pregnancy as they knew that no real help was at hand. The other graduating midwives come from villages for which we have trained at least one midwife in the past and so the new graduates will be welcomed as an additional midwife as we believe there should be two midwives in each village to provide mutual support or they are replacements for a midwife who has had to move away from the village, usually on marriage.

It is clear how valued the midwives are by their communities and our ability to provide the training for these amazing women is only possible through the support of our committed supporters to whom we, and more especially the women of the villages of Darfur, are most grateful - how great to be able to give them this peace of mind. Thank you.

Graduate receiving equipment box
Graduate receiving equipment box
Graduate being congratulated
Graduate being congratulated
Training aids at the Midwife Training School
Training aids at the Midwife Training School
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