The Snowball Effect
As the winter weather sets in here in the UK, Darfur is becoming hotter and drier, and your donations of blankets, mosquito nets, goats and donkeys are having an incredible impact out in Darfur.
The five villages we have adopted this year have now received their goats,mosquito nets and blankets. A cup of milk a day for a child in Darfur, a blanket to keep them warm at night, a mosquito net - these simple things keep them safe, stave off off malnutrition and stop them from succombing to chest infections. They are so weak, this literally is the difference between life and death for these little ones.
And the snowball effect? We are hearing wonderful reports from villages we adopted in previous years, bearing witness to the wonderful difference these simple things make. Children here are well enough to go to school, they have the chance to get an education, and some of the children from our earliest projects are even at university now, 9 years since their village was adopted. Your support for Kids for Kids means hope for a better future, and you are transforming lives.
We have a long list of villages who are hoping and praying to be chosen as the next village to be adopted by Kids for Kids. With your generous support we can transform more lives. Thank you for remembering the people of Darfur this Christmas.
With our warmest Christmas wishes to you from the Kids for Kids Team
This year, Kids for Kids has been able to adopt five villages, bringing the total number of villages that receive our package of sustainable help, to 70. We know in our villages there will be no malnutrition. But what about the others? Because malnourished children succumb rapidly to even minor infections, and because so many died from malaria last year, we have provided mosquito nets to children in 13 other villages. But it is not enough. Darfur is huge, the size of France, and we are only able to help a fraction of those who are in such desperate need. We need more help.
Our mosquito nets are vital as the rains have now started. The children are weak through malnutrition and the onslaught of mosquitoes bought about by the rains mean that they easily succumb to infections if bitten. As the winter months draw in, our blankets ensure that families can stay warm at night and prevent chest infections. The cost is just £25 but the protection they offer - priceless.
As we head towards the Festive Season, please consider adding mosquito nets, blankets, donkeys and goats to your Christmas lists so that children in Darfur will have a gift too.
Thank you for your support.
Our news channels have been showing reports of conditions in South Sudan yet the world remains silent on Darfur. The tragedy is that in the absence of virtually all Aid Agencies and their publicity machines, plus the impossibility of any journalist visiting, the news of Darfur is just not getting out. People are reporting famine in South Sudan yet ignored UNICEF’s warning that 80,000 children are already severely malnourished in Darfur. Without medical help, they will die and the chance of a new harvest is not for many months so this is just the beginning. That is why your support of this project means so much.
Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids recently commented, "Years of neglect and violence, the creation of South Sudan, and the devaluation of the Sudanese Pound, have combined to cause soaring inflation and desperate poverty. in Darfur. Families cannot afford to feed their children. Many have one scant meal a day” said Patricia. “The average annual income has dropped well below the cost of living and families are struggling, out of sight, away from the media spotlight." However you are showing that there is a way to help. Our goat loans and simple things like mosquito nets, first aid workers, donkeys, lift families out of poverty and give them a chance.
In 2013, with your help, we provided 1,048 blankets and mosquito nets to families in desperate need. This year, although we could only commit to adopting five villages out of a shortlist of eighteen, we have committed to providing mosquito nets and blankets to all on the shortlist so that they will at least have some protection against the harsh desert conditions.
Thank you for remembering Darfur.
It is 2014 and it is alarming to think that children are still dying from preventable diseases such as Malaria and Malnutrition. We continue to help villagers and their children from succumbing to these tragic illnesses but with so many needing our help, we need your help too!
Our aim remains "to lift families out of abject poverty and give them a chance." We do this be providing a package of sustainable projects that enable whole communities to build a future for their children, and their children, and so on. Key to this is teaching them how to run the projects themselves but they also need simple things such as mosquito nets and blankets to protect their tiny offspring.
The five villages that we will adopt this year have now been chosen from a heart-breaking shortlist of 18. All of those that applied for our help reported children dying from malaria and malnutrition just last year, but we cannot help them all.
We would help them if we could, but it would take more money than we have. However, we cannot just abandon them - how can we when the rest of the world has turned its back on Darfur? There are 5,200 families in these 13 villages with children under 10. The smallest children are the most vulnerable. Malaria is still the biggest killer across Africa. We do everything possible to prevent catastrophes, and children dying from malaria is a catastrophe. We are determined to provide all these families with mosquito nets before the next rains in July.
Will you help please?
Thank you for supporting our project to protect children's health in the villages of Darfur. Our simple help of providing a blanket and mosquito nets to keep disease carrying mosquitoes away from children, and to keep them warm at night, is continuing to help families to ensure their children are safe.
We enter 2014 full of hope and with the intention of adopting 5 more villages this year. This means that 5 more communities will receive our package of help which is now preventing malnutrition and reducing child mortality. However, with news of violence in South Sudan and uncertainty there, we are of course worried about the impact that this will have on Darfur too. More families will need our help, food is scarce and children are starving.
The International Community is good at reacting to emergencies, but to make a lasting difference it is important to look ahead. Sustainability is key. Our legacy is in the health of these children, in the availability of clean water, and in the standard of living of thousands of families. In rural Darfur, people live in abject poverty and no-one is helping. Without our nets and blankets, those that don't have them have to sleep directly on the sand, at risk from sandflies and mosquitoes and the deadly diseases that they carry. The simplest infection can cause lasting disability or worse.
The simple gift of a mosquito net can prevent a catastrophy for a family. Please tell your friends how you have helped and ask them to help too.
Together we can save lives and build a future for Darfur.
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