May 7, 2021

May is the start of the 'hungry months' in Darfur

May is the start of the ‘hungry months’ in Darfur. With the heat of summer, all surface water has dried, and villages are devoid of all plants, grass and other greenery.

The families are scraping by on what food they have whilst they wait for the rains to come in July – only then can they think about planting their seeds, if they haven't had to eat them already. Then they have to wait for the harvest.

Families rely now more than ever on their goats for their children. Goats have evolved to survive in the arid climate – finding enough food to eat amongst the sand. Their milk is crucial for the health of the children. 

We need to provide goats to more families to help see them through these hardest of months before new hope arrives with the rains.

Can you donate a goat to a family in need?

Apr 12, 2021

A future full of hope for Murra and her family!

Murra in her village.
Murra in her village.

Murra is a mother to 9 children. In 2017 she was chosen by her village to receive support through the Kids for Kids projects. She received 5 goats as part of the goat loan programme, a donkey to help transport water and till the land and also 2 blankets and mosquito nets to protect her children from cold nights and insect-borne diseases.

This is just part of the package that Kids for Kids provides to many families in need.  People are so poor they cannot afford even basic essentials.  Kids for Kids makes sure individual families have proper farm tools, an essential when people eat what they grow.   But it doesn't stop there.   Kids for Kids helps the whole community long term by providing both health care for the people and veterinary care for the animals.   Key is water, and wherever possible Kids for Kids funds handpumps and other water projects.

Four years after Kids for Kids adopted her village, Murra's goat herd has grown to 23 animals. Her children are growing up healthy and strong as a result of the milk from the goats and the good news doesn't end there - as a result of being given a donkey, Murra was able to make use of a donkey plough provided for Murra and two other women. She was able to cultivate three acres of land, growing two sacks of millet, a sack of groundnuts and also six sack loads of hay for her animals.  

Murra and her family are expecting an even bigger harvest this year, as they were able to farm 5 acres plus they are growing melons and okra!

This is what Kids for Kids is all about - supporting children, women and their families to create a future that is teeming with hope and opportunities. By providing such simple but powerful projects, families and whole communities are able to build a better life for themselves - this is what life should be like for all people in Darfur!

Murra's story is just one of the hundreds of success stories that Kids for Kids has witnessed over our 20 years - but we are only able to carry out such important work because of our generous supporters. We are only able to reach out to people like Murra because of the support from people like you!

Murra is looking forward to the future and now with a better harvest and money earned from selling goats milk and yoghurt, she is planning on sending her children to school!

There are hundreds of more mothers like Murra who deserve our help and support to give them the opportunities to raise themselves and their families out of poverty.

Are you able to help more mothers and girls earn a brighter future?

You can read more about the Kids for Kids range of sustainable projects here: www.kidsforkids.org.uk

Women in Darfur with their goats.
Women in Darfur with their goats.
Planting crops in Darfur
Planting crops in Darfur
Apr 8, 2021

Midwives fight Covid-19 in Darfur, Sudan.

Midwife Sumya
Midwife Sumya

The situation in Sudan is still desperate. Inflation is still soaring and is now at an all-time high of over 350%. Life is hard for the people in Darfur, as food prices continue to soar so does the level of hunger - our help has never been needed more. To add to this, Covid-19 is still ravaging the country.

Village Midwives and First-Aid workers that have been trained thanks to you, our loyal and generous donors, are on the frontline helping to tackle the virus and the challenges it brings to each community.

Kids for Kids Project Officer Hassan Mehisi says 'The situation in many villages is very hard and life is difficult. Our Midwives and First-Aid workers play an enormous role in fighting the pandemic, they help villagers tackle the enormous challenges of addressing the health impact of Covid-19'.

Our Midwives and First-Aid workers are delivering babies and providing support despite the threat of Covid-19 - helping to provide advice and educate new mothers and their families on how to protect themselves - there is no access to healthcare in villages - the Midwives and First-Aid workers we train are very much pioneers doing a fantastic job miles away from any support or hospital. 

You can support mothers and babies by helping to train more Midwives and First-Aid workers - these are the Florence Nightingales of Darfur - a beacon of light and comfort in the most desperate of times.

It costs Kids for Kids $2,700 to train a Village Midwife and to provide her with a smart white tobe (sari uniform) and leather sandals. Incidentally, leather sandals are a status symbol in Darfur!  If you would like to contribute to the training of a Village Midwife please donate the amount you choose and we will add it to our Midwife Fund. We also fund the equipment for both our Village Midwives and First Aid Workers, plus a fast and strong crossbred donkey so they can travel more easily between the villages.  It is important too to make sure there is a solar lantern so that mothers will not give birth by the flickering light of a fire. There is no electricity in villages.

Will you help us bring healthcare in the form of Village Midwives and First Aid Workers to the many villages that are in need?

Your donation today will help save lives!

Newly trained first aid worker.
Newly trained first aid worker.
Midwives in training.
Midwives in training.

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