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.
Dec 2, 2013

The first Kids for Kids Kindergarten opens!

The Kids for Kids Kindergarten uniform
The Kids for Kids Kindergarten uniform

Thank you for your interest in our Kindergarten project.  I am delighted to confirm that our first school has now opened in Abu Nahla, a village that we adopted in 2010. Our kindergarten has been built with great care, all of the bricks were carefully made by the local people who are keen to ensure that their children grow up educated.  98% of women in Darfur are illiterate but they know that education is a way out of poverty which is why our project is so important to them.

In the past, the few schools available to villagers were built out of the stalks of the staple crop - millet.  They had sand on the floor and only some had plastic chairs.  There was no running water. 

Our Kindergarten is brick built and is the only building in the village with latrines, to ensure that basic hygeine needs are met.  The village is 40KM north of El Fasher and has 8 sub villages making up a population of 4,200 including children.   We have been able to provide facilities for 100 children.  Each child at the school has an excercise book, crayons, and educational toys such as puzzles and bricks.  The Kindergarten also has an outdoor play area with many toys (which the children will not have seen before!) such as footballs, hula hoops, a swing, slide and roundabout.  Each of the children has their own uniform to make them feel part of their school and to make them feel proud to learn.  As you can imagine, this work is revolutionary in rural Darfur.  The children now have a place to go and learn and a real chance to build a positive life.  Because their mothers have our goats and are making a small income, they no longer have to be tied to the family chores.  They are learning new things and enhancing their lives. 

There are 65 Kids for Kids villages and with warnings of famine already being talked about, we intend to adopt 5 more in 2014.  This means that ideally we want to build 69 kindergartens over the coming years.  The cost of one is £19,480 so we have a long way to go.  Thank you for your help so far.

Nov 22, 2013

Village midwives help combat malnutrition

Our village midwives continue to very effectively carry out their primary role of helping women to safely deliver their babies. We receive monthly reports from the villages and these show us just how active the midwives are in providing sevices to the women in their communities. To give a couple of examples, in Siwailinga village Midwife Um Hany Hassan conducted 20 ante-natal and post-natal visits, assisted in 5 successful deliveries and transferred 2 mothers to El-Fasher hospital during the month whilst in Elfakir Ali village Midwife Zakiya Mohammed Sabil conducted 22 ante-natal and postnatal visits, assisted in 9 successful deliveries and referred 3 mothers to El-Fasher hospital.  These midwives are clearly much in demand and their services are highly appreciated by the mothers.

But conditions in Darfur are continuing to worsen as soaring inflation over the past few months makes the struggle for survival even more difficult. Last month the villagers were dealt a further blow as the Government oil subsidy has been cut resulting in higher transport costs and yet higher prices for everything, including the most basic essentials. In many villages in Darfur the effects of hunger and shockingly inadequate diet are evident in increasing numbers of malnourished children. But in the Kids for Kids villages the situation is much better with no evidence of malnutrition amongst the children. The goat loans  have made  a huge difference but the village midwives have also played a vital role providing guidance to mothers in how to feed their children and how to make the best use of the food which is available. They carry out regular meetings with mothers to provide training in nutrition and infant health and welfare.

But the villages which Kids for Kids is currently able to support is only a drop in the ocean. The need is vast and never before has our help been so vital - but we can only do it with your support. Thank you for supporting this project - your generosity has made a difference but please tell people what you know about Darfur and encourage them how to help children who no one else is helping.

Oct 22, 2013

The cost of living continues to soar in Darfur

A women and her starving child in Kindro village
A women and her starving child in Kindro village

Since our last report the situation in Darfur has continued to worsen.  Kids for Kids remains the only organisation specifically helping villagers.  Although large parts of the country are in dire need of humanitarian aid, armed conflict and the lack of infrastructure make it difficult for international organisations to reach the population in need.  (SOS Children's Villages Aug 2013).  Emergency aid for those in the camps is inadequate, but there is no help whatsoever for two thirds of the population in the villages of Darfur struggling to cope with the direct and indirect effects of years of violence, loss of even the most basic health care, and now, soaring inflation.    Many villagers have cut down their food to one, pitifully small, meal a day.    Families can no longer afford protein in any form.   This has dire consequences, especially for children.  

Last month the villagers were dealt another blow.  The Government oil subsidy has just been cut.  This will result in everything that is sent from outside Darfur, costing more to transport, leading to even higher prices for everything, including the most basic essentials.  In Nyala in South Darfur traders in the market ecently reported price rises of 500% (Sudan Tibune, 2013). 

The future for the invisible children of Darfur is bleak.  The UN warned of famine, and we see in the villages of Darfur the affects of hunger and shockingly inadequate diet.   For the past twelve years Kids for Kids has been providing a package of life changing projects, simple grassroots initiatives, such as a microfinance scheme based on the loan of 6 goats to a family, which pass on 6 after 2 years.   Even this Goat Loan on its own transforms lives, but linked to our
provision of handpumps, donkeys, ploughs, blankets, mosquito nets and much more, and the training of village midwives, paravets and first aid workers, our projects are lifting people out of abject poverty and transforming whole
communities. 

Kids for Kids has shown that our simple help can change lives.  Only last week, a lady called Khajida told our Programme Manager that when she passed on six healthy kids to another family in 2007, she was left with a flock
of 20 goats.  The income that these generated for her enabled her not only to improve the basic conditions of their
lives, but to pay for the schooling of all of her children.  Two have now completed their schooling.  When you think that only 5% of children complete their schooling, you can see how important the goat loan was to her family.

In 2013 Kids for Kids has seen a reduction in the number of donations received  due to world economics yet more people need our help.  Our goats are transforming lives, not only do they give immediate nutrition from their milk but they help families build a viable future too.  The price of one goat now costs £60 ($95).  Never before has our help been so vital.  Thank you for supporting this project - your kindness has made a difference but please tell people what you know about Darfur and encourage them to help too.  Children need our help and people are desparate.



 





 

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