Kids for Kids

KIDS FOR KIDS aims to help children living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan who live lives of inexcusable hardship and to give them the chance of a better life. We seek to enable families to stay in their villages in the midst of the conflict by helping to improve their lives and livelihoods and lifting them out of poverty. Our long-term aim is to give Darfur a chance by sustaining villages as vibrant institutions - without this people living in the camps will have nothing to return to once peace is restored.
Jul 28, 2016

More Goats and Donkey needed - to help suffering Children!

Alawya, goat beneficiary has 14 goats in her flock
Alawya, goat beneficiary has 14 goats in her flock

“During our recent Programme Meetings when we assess our projects, learn lesson and, most important of all, hear how things are for families in Darfur, I was saddened to hear how the drought has caused immense suffering to families living out of sight of the world.   Village after village is reporting desperate problems, including their worry that mothers have had no protein at all to give their children.   They are begging for goats, so the children have goat’s milk, and for donkeys to help them collect water. But our animals help in many more ways than that.   Here are first hand stories from two beneficiaries who were the poorest in their villages.   If only we could help more mothers like them and transform their lives too.” 
Patricia Parker MBE

 

News from Hillat Hassan -

47-year-old widow, Alawya has five kids, two of which are less than five years old.
She received her five goats on 15th November 2014 and one male donkey. She worked hard to look after her animals.   She has “made a shelter (rakuba) out of the stalks of millet and grasses she dried so that the pregnant ewes and their kids had shade.  Her donkey helped her to collect hay and to make ‘Tabana’ to feed her goats over the dry hungry months of summer.  “I had never looked after animals” she said “so this was all new to me.   I was able to get drinking water for my family from our new Kids for Kids hand pump, just outside the village so we are all less thirsty.   I was really excited when our first kids were born.   I now have 14 goats and am selling surplus milk to other mothers so it is not just my own children who are benefitting.  My children have goat’s milk to drink and I have even been able to grow more vegetables and millet because of the donkey plough we were given, which I share with two other families.   Having animals has transformed our lives.”

 

43-year-old Maryam is married with seven kids, two of which are less than five years old.
She received five goats and one female donkey, who is now pregnant.   Maryam said “If the foal grows up to be strong it will make a huge difference to our lives.  A donkey costs more than we can earn in a year.   If there is an emergency, we could sell it but I would like to save up and buy my husband a donkey cart so he can collect things for our neighbours and supplement our income.” 

It takes more than just one growing season for a family to recover from drought, which means next year too will be extremely difficult.    Many families have little seed to plant for next season’s crops.  Those families who have been able to diversify with the help of animals have been able to survive so much better.  

Please help us to equip families and the community to stop the suffering of children

$30 buys a donkey plough to help a family grow more food

$42 provides a blanket, to keep children warm at night 

$62 will provide one goat to give children nutritious milk

$75 buys 20 fruit tree seedlings to provide food and shade

$95 buys a donkey for transport and to help carry water

$372 will provide 6 goats for a family to give them milk and income from selling excess dairy product.

$7,000 will provide a simple handpump for the whole community, so that children won’t have to walk miles for fresh clean water.

Thank you so much for your support.

Maryam, goat beneficiary has 14 goats in her flock
Maryam, goat beneficiary has 14 goats in her flock
Jul 28, 2016

More kindergartens needed to help educate children break out of poverty

A blackboard and straw shade was the best they got
A blackboard and straw shade was the best they got

98% mothers in Darfur are illiterate, they beg us to help their children

From the start mothers have begged for help in educating their children.  They know it is the way out of poverty, but they also know that if a child starts school late it is hard for them to catch up.  This is why our kindergartens are so important.  When the Director of Education in the State Ministry visited our first kindergarten at Abu Nahla he said it was unique in Darfur.  Not only do we provide classrooms and a veranda for shade and a play area, we provide latrines - the first in the village.  Children who have never seen a toy now have indoor and outdoor toys, suitable for both boys and girls.  Outlying huts can be miles away.  Our school bus – a donkey cart – is the first in Darfur.  We are now planning school libraries.  Children need books – there are none in any village. 

We have been given the go ahead to adopt five new villages (children have starved to death in each of them THIS year) plus five new kindergartens. Funding a Kindergarten and giving children the chance of an education is of immense, probably primary, importance in Darfur. People know that education is their best way out of poverty. It is an enormous privilege to be able to help!

Please help us to equip villages with educational equipment and towards building a kindergarten to help educate children to break out of poverty

$35 will provide 30 bricks to help build the school

$42 will provide books, crayons, uniform and an education toy for one child

$50 will provide 20 story books

$140 will provide notebooks, pencils and coloured pencils for 50 children

$500 will train a kindergarten teacher

$1,600 will provide 2 blackboards for the classroom, educational toys and games for 50 children

$42,000 will build one whole kindergarten with latrines, veranda, two classrooms and equipment

Thank you so much for your support.

A veranda can be another classroom and shade
A veranda can be another classroom and shade
Jul 6, 2016

Train more midwives - help save more lives

Midwife - Sumya Esmail Abkar Idriss
Midwife - Sumya Esmail Abkar Idriss

“I will never forget the fear on the faces of young girls when I first went to Darfur and they told me how babies are born with no medical help in their villages – rope delivery is unimaginable” - Patricia Parker MBE

This is midwife Sumya. She began her midwife training in December 2014 and finally graduated on 15th April 2016. She has now received her midwife kit, mobile phone and cross bred donkey.

She said “I have now finished my training and send my thanks to Kids for Kids, for helping to fund for this training. Thank you to the village leader who also nominated me for this training”.

She can now put her training into practice in her village. She is able to make 8 visits a month, where she is helping to raise awareness for the families, with regards to using folic acid in pregnancy and giving advice on feeding their children and providing baby care once the baby is born. FGM (female genital mutilation) is extensive in the region which leads to suffering and can cause problems during child birth. She does a lot of her work at the village health unit, which unfortunately is not fully equipped. She urgently requires the village health centre to supply more equipment and medicines for pregnant women (such as folic acid, anaesthetic).

There is no healthcare in Darfur, but Sumya is only one of many midwives that have successfully graduated from their midwifery training with the help of Kids for Kids and its generous supporters. People can now stay in their villages, because they know they have a better chance with the wonderful support of our trained midwives.

By training more midwives we can help to save more lives!

Please help us to equip and train more midwives?

$230 will buy a solar lantern to assist with night deliveries

$245 buys a crossbred donkey for a midwife to reach her patients quickly

$305 funds the training costs of a midwife for 1 week

$612 funds a donkey ambulance to take a mother in need during labour to get to hospital

$3,050 funds the cost of one midwife for a year in one village

Thank you so much for your support.

Midwife kit
Midwife kit

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