Thank you for supporting this crucial project. Our next cohort of midwives has been selected by their communities to go to our training school in El Fasher to complete the 10 month intensive training. They will arrive in a matter of weeks.
40 women, of all ages, have been chosen by their communities as outstanding - honest, and caring young women. This empowers the women and they return to their communities, fully trained and with new respect from their peers. Part of their training agreement states that they will stay within their village for at least two more years.
One or two of those selected are already will be Traditional Birth Attendants determined to improve the care they give already, but most are older, traditionalists. The incredible thing about Kids for Kids midwives is that, not only does it provide really excellent midwives - and former ones have a superb record for childbirth itself saving many lives, but they also teach ante and post natal care, and feeding the babies - particularly challenging when mothers themselves often have little milk because they have such a poor diet. This is even more of a problem currently as mothers cannot afford to feed existing children so will go without food themselves. Our midwives teach peers in their own communities about nutrition during the pre and post natal stages so that the baby can have the very best start in life. Hearing such information from someone you trust makes a huge difference to a vulnerable new mother.
Wonderfully too is that Kids for Kids midwives, having the confidence of the village already, are first class at discouraging people to practise Female Genital Mutilation. This practise alone causes death or permanent damage to young girls. FGM has long been ignored by the wider global community but now it has become a significant problem that world leaders have committed to trying to eradicate completely. Kids for Kids midwives have been leading the way in this subject for many years now in Darfur. It costs £2,000 to train one midwife and more are desperately needed. Can you help?
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