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.
Aug 27, 2013

Village Midwives - a most valued asset

Our village midwives are an asset which is highly prized by the women in our villages in Darfur. To us it is unimaginable that women in Darfur face pregnancy and childbirth without having any trained person on hand to provide advice and guidance and as a consequence any problems encountered frequently result in the loss of the baby and in many cases also the death of the mother. All this changes when Kids for Kids adopts a village and trains two women as village midwives who provide regular ante-natal check-ups snd are able to detect potential problems and take appropriate action. It is no wonder that women value them so highly. One of the many village midwives we have funded delivered 120 babies in two remote villages in the 28 months since she had graduated. Moreover, she had arranged for 5 pregnant women facing complications to undertake the long journey to hospital in time to deliver their babies safely - without her skill the outcome is likely to have been very different. Although our midwives have to rely on the speedy cross bred donkey which we provide to reach their clients, we have provided them with 21st century technology in the form of a mobile phone which enables them to be able to contact the local hospital for advice and for referrals of women facing complications. Our last batch of village midwives graduated in March and we are still awaiting a report from the Ministry of Health on the performance of all the midwives we have trained before going ahead with the next training course.  We already have the trainees identified - some from the three new villages which we adopted in 2013 and others fill gaps in our established villages where a midwife may, for example, have left the area on marriage. We are also still in discussion with the Ministry of Health about the possibility of Kids for Kids funding a second Midwifes Training School in Mellit.

Jul 29, 2013

Prices soar in Darfur, fears mount for children

Twelve years on from starting the charity I have never been more worried about the children in Darfur than now. Despite the generosity of our supporters the news is worse now than when we first reported that children were dying in the villages of Darfur from starvation.  The price of goats has shot up to £60 ($92).   When we first posted this project in April we were paying only £28 ($ 43) for a goat.   Goats should be at their lowest price now because
as people sell them to feed their children. There is nothing growing to eat until the next harvest which is
still several months away.  That the prices are at their highest so far is shocking and means there will be worse news to come.

In the wake of the creation of South Sudan, the absence of aid workers from the large agencies in Darfur, and disasters elsewhere in the world, Darfur has been left as a forgotten region.  Violence has been worsening by the month, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their villages since January.  Our remit has always been to help families to stay in their homes and to give them a chance of a better future.  Mothers are once again facing the prospect of not being able to feed their children so our help becomes more vital than ever as more and more families run out of seed.    We are calling for seed for people to plant so they have food for next year, and goats so the children have urgently needed milk - and if the crop is not successful enough to provide food for the year,  the small livelihood goats milk, yoghourt and cheese will provide, will save the children from starvation. 

Thankfully there is positive news as well.  In some areas the rain has started to fall again and it is time for planting, for those who have seed.  Thank you to all of you who have already donated for seed, and for goats, but we
need more.   We will be delivering seed to Hilat Ibrahim and Um Ga’al next week, but four more villages are waiting for our help. Without seed they will have no food for next year.  Without goats their children will have no protein.  Your help has never meant more.”



Jun 10, 2013

Transforming children's lives for good

A delivery of new nets to our office in El Fasher
A delivery of new nets to our office in El Fasher

When the rains come so do hordes of mosquitoes.   Last year they brought not just malaria, but yellow fever.   Yellow fever is incurable.  It was the worst outbreak in Africa for decades.  One in four people die yet
not one person in our 62 Kids for Kids' villages caught it!    Kids for Kids is the only organisation that has been providing mosquito nets and blankets to the poorest families in remote villages.  They are vital for children's health.  We provide two mosquito nets to each family, but up to four children can sleep under each.   Most
children sleep directly on the sand in the small round huts.   The walls of the huts are made from straw so no barrier to insects.  Sandflies carry diarrhoea and sickness so our nets have a specially small mesh to keep
out sandflies too. 

When children are malnourished they succumb to chest infections very easily, and there is no health care in villages.   We need help to provide two blankets for each family.   This is urgent as during the winter
months nights in the desert can be bitterly cold.   Please help us to provide more nets and blankets for these children before it is too late. 

We need 524 mosquito nets and the same number of blankets right now for children in Byna, Hilat Hamid and Korno.  These are the villages we have adopted this year.

This summer 3.5 million people are at risk from starvation, yet in our villages there is no malnutrition.    We have incontestable proof that this project, alongside our complete package of help (such as water pumps, goat loans,
donkeys, first aid and midwifes) in our villages has all but eradicated malnutrition.  In Azargarfa, a village adopted by the charity in 2004, infant mortality has reduced dramatically from 500 deaths to 2 last year.  This is a stunning statistic and shows that our simple help at grassroots’ level is changing lives in the villages but also indicates that there is still so much to do. 

We must help more villages. If you can help us to tell people about the work of Kids for Kids in Darfur, you will be making a real lasting difference to the health of children no one else is helping.   With your help we have transformed many lives but there are still thousands in desperate need. 

A blanket delivery arrives in Darfur
A blanket delivery arrives in Darfur

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