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.
Jan 7, 2014

The effects of starvation devastate Suha..,

Little Suha who cannot walk due to malnutrition
Little Suha who cannot walk due to malnutrition

Last month we were sent a picture of little Suha, aged 4, she has lost the ability to walk because of malnutrition.  It is difficult to comprehend how her mother must feel knowing that a lack of food has caused her daughter's limbs to waste way.  The World Food Programme has used the word 'famine' in its forecast for Darfur in 2014 yet no-one is conducting a Food Security Survey.  This allows the world to feel that it does not need to act.  Nobody is helping these children because the media is remaining silent on this forgotten region.

This is heartbreaking because our projects are simple, we are preventing malnutrition through our goat loans and training programmes, and if others did the same, more lives would be saved.  Our loan of 6 goats to a family, which then pass on to another family after 2 years, is still being called the most effective microfinance scheme in the world!  The long term benefit of goat's milk for children, when they have no other protein, is beyond price, but also the income mothers can earn from their little flocks and donkeys, tranforms their lives. 

We spent over £90, 000 ($147, 600) on goats in 2013 - the most we have ever spent!  But we do need even more.  Children are starving and the gift of a goat can, quite literally, save their lives.  Darfur remains out of sight, but the tragedy that is unfolding there is no less tragic because we cannot see it on our screens.  47% of families in the villages have lost not one, but two children under the age of 5 in the past 2 years.   This is horrific and we are doing all we can.  Thank you for helping and please consider buying a goat or donkey today.

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.

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