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.
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.
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 yetnot 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. Mostchildren 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 keepout 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 wintermonths 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.
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