Oct 18, 2019

Haya: One Midwife Transforms her Village

Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village
Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village

30-year-old Haya is making a huge difference in her village of Aefin. After graduating from the midwife training program in Khartoum in December, Haya returned to Aefin Village fully qualified and equipped with her midwifery kit, mobile phone, and cross breed donkey - and began saving lives. In fact, in just her third week of work, Haya handled the birth of a little one to a mother in her village! The baby and mother were both safe thanks to Haya - she is a natural.  Haya spends her work seeing many patients, both women young and old, friends and neighbors included, and advises them about their pregnancy's, helps them through childbirth, and provides post-natal care teaching new mothers how to feed their babies. 

More recently, Haya has been attending and leading village meetings where she teaches women about what they should and should not do during pregnancy. There are so many things that pose potential risks to pregnant women that those in rural Darfur villages do not know about. For instance, many women are not aware that they should not be carrying heavy jerrycans of water to and from handpumps! And of course, they should not do nearly as much work as they would when not pregnant - especially not late in their pregnancy. But Haya is on the case! 

Not only does Haya see patients in her own home in Aefin village, she also visits women in the nearby Azagarfa Village Health Unit once a week. Her trusty Donkey has made it possible for her to travel the distance to Azagarfa, enabling her to see even more patients who require her expertise. Don't worry - thanks to her mobile phone, the village leader in Aefin can always call her if she is needed in an emergency!

Haya knows best, and she has requested a revolving medicine fund and a health unit in Aefin Village. Will you support our Midwifery and Healthcare projects so we can make this possible?   Haya's village has earned the right to a Health Unit because of the wonderful work both she and the volunteers in the village have been doing to ensure that all the projects we have introduced to Aefin are sustainable, helping more and more families - including our goat loans!    Please help us to fund Haya's Health Unit.  

Holiday Gift Idea!

As the Holiday Season is coming up we want to share with you a fantastic gift idea! Donate to any Kids for Kids Project on behalf of a loved one. Your donation buys a goat, donkey, mosquito net, or even trains a midwife in Darfur.  You can print a gift certificate right from the Global Giving website.  Or contact us directly for an extra sparkly, handmade gift certificate at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk 

All women and children deserve proper care
All women and children deserve proper care
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached

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Oct 3, 2019

Naima's 22 Goats

Naima - 23 Years Old with Three Children
Naima - 23 Years Old with Three Children

At 21 years old, Naima was selected to be a Kids for Kids Beneficiary, bcause she was one of the poorest in her village. Naima and her husband have three children to support and were in desperate need of help. Naima received five goats from the Animal Loan Committee, a donkey, mosquito nets, blankets and more.  With these possessions, which she could not have dreamt of owning before, she is able to help take control of her family’s future. The first year Naima had six kid goats born, and last year she had a further 11! Today, after two years of hard work, 23-year-old Naima has the biggest flock in Aefin Village - 22 Goats!

Naima has benefitted hugely from her goats, gaining milk for her children, making yoghurt to sell at the market, and distributing milk to help even her neighbours in need. Everyone needs a helping hand.  After improving her own family's situation, it only felt right to do what she can for her neighbors also in need. What's more is that Naima has used her donkey to help plough her farm, where she is cultivating Mellit and Watermelon. After the last rainy season there was a very good harvest and alongside selling surplus milk at market, Naima has vastly improved her family's income.

We are so glad that our goats have helped Naima so much. And we are thrilled that the rotation of goats took place in Aefin village last month and six of Naima's younger goats have gone on to benefit another family in the village!

Good news like this is so welcome at a time when times are so difficult in Sudan. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in early September that some 6.3 million people - or 14 percent of the Sudan's population - are experiencing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, the highest on record since the introduction of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification in Sudan in 2007. Basic essentials like bread are currently unaffordable, and so many young ones are going without food. 

The more people you can tell about our life changing work in Darfur, the more donations we might get, and therefore the more children we can help to have a better future. Thank you for supporting our work.

Kid Goats Save Lives!
Kid Goats Save Lives!
Donkeys are a Huge Asset in Darfur
Donkeys are a Huge Asset in Darfur
Oct 3, 2019

Clean Water Means Safe Water

No one is helping families in Darfur's Villages
No one is helping families in Darfur's Villages

Many of the displaced people living in Darfur camps complain of the spread of diseases such as malaria, typhoid, and diarrhea amid a lack of medicines and high prices. They attribute this to the spread of stagnant water ponds, flies and mosquitoes, the collapse of a large number of latrines, where there are any, and lack of spraying of houses with pesticides an, of course,  the lack of mosquito nets.

Camps in Darfur bare many similarities to villages in Darfur, but there is one huge difference. Organisations are helping refugees living in camps, but virtually no one is helping children and families living in the over 900 Villages in Darfur that are plagued with poverty, disease, lack of infrastructure and so much more.

Refugees in camps have appealed to the authorities and humanitarian organisations to provide medicines, mosquito nets, mosquito control, and clean the water ponds. And this is so much of what we are trying to do in our villages to create sustainable change. Malaria is still the biggest killer in Sudan, so providing Mosquito Nets is essential.  In September the number of people in hospital in El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, rose to 8,000.    It is still rising, yet there is a desperate shortage of medicine.  By just providing mosquito nets the incidence of malaria in our villages has been cut by two thirds. 

Handpumps for clean water mean people stop drinking dirty water, and therefore stop getting diseases. We build Latrines in our villages and teach hygiene practices to everyone. YOU are making this all possible!

It is so important to us that you realise just how much we value your support - without which we could run not even a fraction of the projects that we do. Every penny you donate goes to the project you have specified, in a region of the world that is not overrun with aid agencies at all. Every village we help has never been helped before, but thanks to you, is now receiving much needed help towards a better future.

We would like to take this opportunity, in advance of the holiday season, to announce a new item in our Water Project - Trees!! Darfur is at the forefront of Global Warming, so we are planting as many trees as possible to help combat climate change. Kids for Kids plants over 14 different varieties of trees in Darfur including Neem, Moringa, Baobab, Nabuk and Citrus Fruit Trees, and Acacia Senegal. These provide important byproducts that we teach people to use, help to reforest the desert, give fruit to hungry children and provide shade from the hot desert sun.  Imad, the little boy under the moringa tree in the photograph said "I could not believe it when I saw fruit growing on the tree we have been looking after outside our hut.   Nabuk is my favourite.  It's chewy and I love it!" 

Most important of all, trees stabilise the desert and create a mini climate. Donate three trees that will help fight climate change in a region rapidly turning to desert.  You can plant these trees on behalf of a loved one, by printing out a GlobalGiving Gift Certificate, or get in touch with us directly for a personalised Kids for Kids Certificate! 

Thank you so much for supporting our Projects! And if you could tell your friends, family, and social circles about our work we would be so grateful. 

Thanks to you we are constructing new handpumps!
Thanks to you we are constructing new handpumps!
Clean Water flowing close to villages
Clean Water flowing close to villages
Trees Reforest the Desert, Provide Shade and more!
Trees Reforest the Desert, Provide Shade and more!
 
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