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 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
Mar 11, 2013

Update on improving children's health in Darfur

One of our key interventions to improve the health of children in the villages in Darfur is the provision of mosquito nets to the poorest households and we have never been more pleased that we have been able to do this, with your support, as there has been an outbreak of yellow fever in the area during the past few months. This has meant that the children in these families have thankfully been protected. These children have also been protected from malaria which is an even bigger killer of children, In 2012 we were able to distribute 706 mosquito nets to the poorest families in the new villages we are supporting and in total we have distributed around 3,400 mosquito nets to families in the villages. This means that around 15,000 children have been protected from the spread of yellow fever and malaria. We have only been able to do this through the generosity of your support - but this is of course only a drop in the ocean and many, many children remain unprotected - yet it costs only $6 to save lives. Please help us to do more.

The village midwives, in partnership with the first aid workers, play a key role in advising mothers on infant care, particularly the correct way to feed their young babies and the importance of hygiene to prevent their children suffering from diarrhoea. Their intervention has contributed to reducing infant mortality in the villages and hence we are very pleased that 39 new midwives graduated last week at the end of their year long training at the Midwives Training School, financed by Kids for Kids. The women in their villages will be so pleased to have them back and to know that for the first time they have a trained midwife to help them with all aspects of pregnancy and infant and child care. This will give great peace of mind to the women.  

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