Aug 5, 2021

The Covid Crisis Continues to Grip Darfur

The lack of healthcare in Darfur, Sudan is a constant threat, especially to children and pregnant mothers. The most vulnerable members of these communities are the ones that suffer the most when a crisis hits. In the villages of North Darfur there is no health care.  If you cannot get to the regional capital El Fasher where there is a hospital then you go to Mallit - often many miles across the sand.  When our Founder, Patricia Parker OBE, visited Mallit Hospital last year she was shocked to see that conditions had not improved since she had last been able to visit, over ten years before.   There is still no oxygen and no ventilators - essentials for anyone suffering the worst effects of Covid-19.  The photograph is of the doctor in the hospital showing her only pair of stethoscopes - badly damaged.

There are no vaccinations for anyone in villages and Covid is in its third wave in Sudan.   That is why your help has been so crucial, not just in providing the soap urgently needed for washing hands but that small contribution to us, gives hope to mothers who have felt helpless as the 'mystery disease' has taken friend after friend. 

In the UK, we've had nearly a year of lockdown - the virus is relentless, but the introduction of mass vaccinations has helped ease the pressure and death rate. In Darfur, there is no NHS that will support these communities in fighting the endless battle against Covid 19. The people of Darfur rely on their midwives and first-aid workers to educate them on how to stay safe. Miles away from any hospital and next to no access to medicines or medical equipment, these villages have been left behind to fight the pandemic on their own. 

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. They are trained in Sudan to help their communities and prevent the spread of the virus even more. 

Without the support of Kids for Kids and our donations to the cause, these Midwives and First-Aid workers wouldn't be able to train. It costs Kids for Kids £400 to train a First-Aid worker, these members of the community prevent a minor problem from becoming a catastrophe. 

Our support staff can educate and inform villages about the importance of washing hands often to prevent the spread, and about maintaining distance. As the First-Aid workers are part of the villages, they are there to offer full-time support to those in need.

Support a village today in providing what is so desperately needed during this pandemic. The support of a First-aid worker or Midwife can change the lives of the vulnerable during this pandemic - help today and save lives. 

 

 

Jul 6, 2021

Plant Moringa Trees for clean water in Darfur

Boy in the Shade of a tree
Boy in the Shade of a tree

Families in Darfur are struggling. 

The warm temperatures and lack of access to clean water mean that the children and families of Darfur are incredibly vulnerable.

Climate change patterns have caused more extreme climates, which immediately threaten agricultural productivity in many areas of Darfur. The lack of food and water security only exacerbates the level of poverty in the area. 

Planting trees in the soil increases the soil moisture in the area, which reduces temperatures by creating a microclimate leading to a more fertile environment for crops to grow. Planting trees in Darfur not only provides shade but they stability the soil and hold back the ever encroaching desert.   Kids for Kids has been planting fourteen different varieties of drought resistant trees since 2007.   Our community forests have a massive impact on a village and planting trees by families straw huts and around the village provides a green canopy which transforms the environment.  

The Moringa tree is a fast growing tree which provides shade plus a livelihood for the people who care for them.   The leaves are rich in vitamin C, even exceeding the levels in kiwi fruit.   In a region where crops are scarce this is an invaluable asset, not least as providing the water that is essential for the trees to grow in the first two years when they are being established, can be a demanding and time confusing job.  But the Moringa has another asset: 

The seeds of the Moringa tree purify water.

Kids for Kids is asking for help to establish a Moringa Nursery where we will grow a plantation and introduce a pilot project to teach people how to harvest and use the seeds to cleanse water.   This will be a home grown readily available resource, unlike all other water purifying methods which needs filters replaced etc.  

In an area where moisture levels are virtually non-existent, planting trees and therefore creating microclimates can reduce the temperature of the surrounding soil, stabilising moisture levels to reduce desertification and degradation. The trees provide shade for children and animals, crops grow underneath, not least providing food for the goats when drought has destroyed virtually everything else.

We have been working hard to plant trees in every village that we adopt at Kids for Kids. It is such a simple yet effective way of supporting the communities in Darfur but also to combat the greater threats that can be caused by Climate Change. The help that planting trees can bring is huge. Trees impact not only the lives of the villagers, but the environment they live in and the animals they take care of.  Our Moringa Project is another invaluable way that Kids for Kids is changing the lives of families in Darfur long term.

Planting Seed
Planting Seed
Four Ladies by a New Tree
Four Ladies by a New Tree
Animals in Shade
Animals in Shade
Trees outside Health Centre
Trees outside Health Centre

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Jun 4, 2021

Waiting for the Rains to Come

Village in the desert
Village in the desert

During this time of year in Darfur, the air is tense with anticipation.

The desert is devoid of all plants, shrubs and other greenery. Families may have had to eat what little they had to survive.    Without seeds to plant when the rains come what hope have they?

Now they wait for the rains to come - hopefully July.

Whilst rain will bring fresh hope for a successful and bountiful harvest there is the threat that too much rain may come and wash away the seeds and even their homes and livestock - flooding is a real threat.  When houses are made of straw they stand little chance of survival when the rain is torrential as happened last year.

It is during this time that our water pumps are vital to the people in Darfur, despite the hot dry summer they still have access to fresh clean water from below ground.

In the awful event of flooding - our water pumps are more important than ever - despite water being everywhere, floodwaters will be contaminated and unsafe to drink or even wash in.

Because of your support, communities have a water supply they can rely on. Parents do not have to worry about giving their children dirty water to drink, risking sickness and disease.

With inflation still soaring the cost of drilling for water is at an all-time high but there are still hundreds of villages that do not have access to clean water.

Many women and children are spending their days trekking through the scorching desert to fetch enough water for their families.   For some the walk is 20 miles.   It is hard to contemplate.

We are so grateful for everything you have helped us achieve these past 20 years but there is still so much more to be done.

Can we rely on your support to help more families in need?  Water is the key to life.

Village at the water pump
Village at the water pump
Floods in 2020
Floods in 2020
 
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