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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