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.
Oct 10, 2013

Blankets and mosquito nets save children's lives

Proud of their blankets
Proud of their blankets

In our last report we shared with you how the provision of mosquito nets to the poorest families supported by Kids for Kids has saved children's lives, both from malaria and from the worst outbreak of yellow fever in Africa for decades. Overall yellow fever kills one in four people but not one person in our 62 Kids for Kids villages caught it. We were concerned to be able to provide mosquito nets to the poorest families in the new villages which Kids for Kids adopted in 2013 and we put out a plea for help to meet our target. We are very pleased to report that 525 mpsquito  nets have been delivered to 262 families - 164 to the 82 poorest households in Byna, and 180 each to the 90 poorest households in Hilat Hamid and Kindo. This has only been possible due to the immense generosity of our supporters. These 262 families have each also received 2 blankets just in time before temperatures drop dramatically during the coming winter months. The blankets will help to prevent the children from succumbing to chest infections. With your help we have been able to transform the lives of these children and we are immensely grateful.

But the need is vast and what Kids for Kids is able to do is only a drop in the ocean. We must help more villages and we very much hope to adopt a further 5 villages next year but for this we need your help again to raise the funds to provide blankets and mosquito nets and save the lives of yet more children. Please help us to tell people about the work of Kids for Kids in Darfur and how they can make a really 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 more in desperate need.

Going home
Going home
Going home
Going home
Sep 3, 2013

Progress on kindergartens in Darfur

The day when our first kindergarten in Abu Nahla village will open is fast approaching. The equipment has been purchased as per the requests of the teacher. This equipment includes a  number of teacher's aids including teaching guides on mathematics, arabic, the human body, birds and animals and curriculum guides on the National Pre-schools Level 1 and 2 curriculum. The children's play items purchased include footballs, tenns balls, and skipping ropes. In addition we have purchased a large stock of drawing and maths books, coloured pencils, ordinary pencils and rubbers. Furniture has been purchased both for the children and for the teachers. The only outstanding item is the uniform for the children which will most likely be yellow long trouserrs and jacket, edged with blue.- the Kids for Kids colours. We are also providing a donkey cart which will be used to transport the children to bring them to the centre.  It will also be able to be used to transport water to the kindergarten for the children and for use by the community such as transporting patients to the clinic. The community is eagerly awaiting the opening of the kindergarten, particularly the mothers who are so anxious that their children should have a good education and the kindergarten will certainly gie them a good start to their learning and will prepare them well for primary school.

We are also designing a rigourous monitoring system so that we can learn from the experience of this pilot kindergarten to improve the running of this kindergarten and to guide the additional kindergartens which we hope to establish in our other villages. In particular we have asked the teachers to record the equipment which is used most and which is most popular with the children and to also indicate what other equipment would help to improve the learning environment.

We hope that all our supporters will join in the excitement of the impending opening of our first kindergarten - wothout your support we would not have reached this important day - thank you all very much - you really have made a difference to the lives and prospects of many children in Darfur.

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.

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