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 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.

Feb 25, 2014

Abu Nahla Kindergarten already changing lives

The children get their first look at books!
The children get their first look at books!

The lack of kindergartens in Darfur means that children are deficient in essential stimulation in the most crucial formative years of their lives.  Without schooling at an early age, opportunities are lost that can never be regained, and which diminish their developmental potential.   Yet education is the only sure way out of poverty. 

Our aim is to build three kindergartens in remote villages in North Darfur in 2014 because of the urgent need and because families simply cannot pay for education.   The average household income has fallen to below £75 p.a.   We are planning to fund five villages this year where we will provide all our grassroots projects in order to safeguard the health of the children.    Yet education is essential.  

In December 2013, our first kindergarten was completed in Abu Nahla, a small village of 2000 occupants.  Already 151 village children have an opportunity to learn through educational play at our school as well as receiving formal education. The educational toys at the Kids for Kids Kindergarten are the first toys in the village and the latrines the first in the region.  The State Director of Education has visited and approved our Kindergarten, "there is nothing else like this" were his humbling words.  

To save construction costs on our first kindergarten, members of the self-formed parents committee built a kiln so that they could make their own bricks.  They also took part in much of the construction, painting and organising themselves.  Now that we have funded the project, the kindergarten has been handed over to them.   Local ownership is vital for the longevity of the school, and indeed for all of our projects. We are planning to fund 3 more this year.  Please help!

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