Jun 4, 2019

2018: The Best Rainy Season of the Last Ten Years

2018 brings a good harvest
2018 brings a good harvest

You may know that many of our villages were suffering last year as their crops had failed from the lack of rain in 2017 - so much so that we provided emergency aid to over 4,000 families and their animals in the way of flour, fodder, and seeds. Families were left with only 10% surviving crops - can you imagine?  In Darfur people live off the land, eating mainly what they can grow, and to work your field all year only to receive the smallest fraction of food from what you planted, was absolutely devastating.  Tragically, many families we could not help told us that children died from starvation - yes in 2018.

But there is hope this year!  We have received reports this year from villages like Mugabil and Kherban B, telling us how successful this year's rainy season has been. Village VDC Leader, Ali from Mugabil even claimed 2018 to have brought "the best rainy season in the last ten years".  The agricultural production of consumer crops like millet and sorghum has been much higher this year, meaning about 15 sacks of millet per family and seven sacks of sorghum. These results have a huge impact on a family's ability to keep their children healthy, as well as improve their economic situation, increasing their income. But even with, what in Darfur, is encouraging news, the income from anything the family does not eat will be sold, and is their only income.  This is what is means to be a subsistence farmer.

The successful agriculture season has also meant grazing and pastures are available for our goats, who breed during the rainy season, and an increase in kids has been seen - more milk for the two generations of beneficiaries in Mugabil and three generations in Kherban B!  Delighted by the news that some of the worst years of agriculture production have been followed with a good year - a definite help to families struggling after the famine that saw the first half of 2018. This news enables us to put even more focus on our longer term projects, and so we are closing this project. 

We would love to direct you to learn about how our projects are transforming children's lives long term and perhaps to give to one, or all, of our longer term projects. Help us build a new Kindergarten, provide clean water handpumps to villages, train midwives to help mothers give birth safely, empower women to earn an income, often for the first time ever, and donate donkeys and goats, of which we always need more. Your support is invaluable to us and enables us to do all we can.

Thank you all for supporting Kids for Kids. As we work solely in Darfur, Sudan - one of the very few organisations to still be able to work there - we face many issues each year, different and unpredicted, and your continuous support means we are able to help not only consistently in the long-term, but also respond to the many challenges that arise. A huge thank you, in particular, to our regular donors who's monthly giving, no matter what the amount, helps us plan and work more efficiently and effectively. If you are a regular donor, your donation to this project will be automatically moved over to our project, "Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur". Thank you!!

Thumbprint signatures for last year's aid
Thumbprint signatures for last year's aid
Many, Many Goats - Let's Give More!!
Many, Many Goats - Let's Give More!!
May 3, 2019

3,347 Women: Can you Help?

All women and children deserve healthcare
All women and children deserve healthcare

This year we are pleased to announce our adoption of eight new villages in Darfur: Bargo, Derma, Abu Sinait A nnd Abu Sinait B, Um Isheira, Um Ajaja, Um Shijir, and Turra. Currently, in all eight villages combined, there are 3,347 women living without access to basic everyday healthcare, let alone healthcare for them whilst pregnant, and for their children once born.   Virtually none of the mothers can read or write.  

We are going to train two women as midwives from each of these eight new villages. That is 16 midwives.  Please can you help?

Take a moment to consider what your life - your mother, your wife, your sister's lives - would have been like whilst they were pregnant for nine months with no help at all. Imagine not being able to go for a check-up, to make sure your child was healthy, and so were you. And imagine if when the child was born, there was no one there to help - no equipment and no one who knew anything about delivering a baby safely. 

Mothers in Darfur are giving birth in circumstances even more unimaginable every day, to children who honestly may not survive. But it doesn't have to be this way. $3,050 trains one woman as a midwife in Darfur, provides her with a medical kit, and a wealth of knowledge to help her sisters, neighbours, and friends deliver their babies safely. Every small donation builds up to another midwife that can be trained, and hundreds of lives saved. Please consider making a monthly donation of even $10/£10  towards this project.   If we all do this, we will raise enough for a midwife in no time.

Thank you all for your consistent support. Please share this project with those you know who might want to help save lives with trained midwives. Every penny counts, and every new supporter is an absolute blessing for families in Darfur.

Your support will save lives!
Your support will save lives!
May 3, 2019

When we come together, lives change forever

Your donations mean women can support the family
Your donations mean women can support the family

In early March, GlobalGiving held its annual Girl Fund Campaign, a chance for all organisations that focus on empowering women to have a shot at securing year-long funding. Whilst this project did not secure year-long funding, we wanting to thank all of you who came together to make a donation - you helped us raise a phenomenal $7,139/£5.461 in just one week. The most exciting part of the week was Kids for Kids' Birthday on International Women's Day, Friday 8th March. Your kind donations saw a bonus matching from GlobalGiving and helped us celebrate our Birthday in a most wonderful way.

Speaking of Empowering Women, you may already know that we have committed our help this year to a whole eight new villages: Bargo, Derma, Abu Sinait A and Abu Sinait B, Um Isheira, Um Ajaja, Um Shijir, and Turra. Conditions are very bad in Darfur. People across the country are struggling in the wake of soaring inflation, and essentials including food and medication are scarce.  The phrase 'people live on the breadline' is graphic for life in Sudan, but the price of bread has soared. In Darfur, because of its isolation, years of neglect and the tragedy of drought have taken a bitter toll. We are needed now more than ever before.  There are changes afoot in Sudan, but whomever is in charge it will be years before things will improve in Darfur.

There are 3,347 women in these villages who need our help. The villages are currently in inception meetings, confirming the 15% of families in each village where the mothers will be the first beneficiaries, receiving goats, a donkey, blankets, mosquito nets, and other basic essentials. With a total of 1,797 families in the eight new villages, 270 families will be the first to benefit. The mothers in these families will begin earning their very own income, gaining control of their own lives, often for the first time ever. 

Will you join us to provide sustainable help to women in our eight new villages?

Every donation matters, but we would particularly like to thank our regular donors who's monthly giving, no matter what the amount, helps us plan and work most efficiently and effectively.  Thank you all!

Empower More Women to Earn an Income Today!
Empower More Women to Earn an Income Today!
 
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