May 11, 2020

FGM Criminalized in Sudan!

For almost 20 years Kids for Kids has been funding the training of midwives in Darfur for remote villages where there is no healthcare whatsoever.  Can you imagine, childbirth with no trained help?  Women for decades have been submitted to FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – which can cause serious life-threatening complications when they give birth. Our midwives have been teaching the dangers of FGM and the practice has been dying out in our 100 villages. Now there is the wonderful news that at last in Sudan the newly formed Council of Ministers – created after the overthrow of Omer Bashir last year  have approved a law that would mean up to three years in prison for anyone carrying out FGM. This must still be approved by the Sovereign Council, but it seems likely to become law. This move by the Government to criminalize the practice is a major step for women’s health, making the jobs of our midwives easier.  It will take time to completely eradicate the practice; as the United Nations say, 87% of women in Sudan today have undergone FGM, with girls usually cut between the ages of five and 14. We are hugely grateful to you all for supporting our midwives and thus enabling us to save thousands of girls from this dangerous practice. 

More Midwives Needed: We are very excited that 30 midwife trainees from villages we adopted in 2018 and 2019 have been selected to be trained by El Fasher Health Academy Staff! The training was due to start in the next two months; however we will keep you updated about this because El Fasher is currently in lockdown as there have been cases of COVID-19 confirmed last week in Darfur. Soon there will be 30 more professionals keeping women and babies safe. Please will you continue to support this life-saving project and help us train these midwives? If we succeed, we hope to raise enough to train a further 40 midwives this year.

Please Note: We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages, as healthcare is so limitepeople will stand little chance against it. Please visit the Kids for Kids website to learn more about what you can do to help us, and please consider supporting our Urgent Appeal for Soap to Combat COVID-19 on GlobalGiving. Just £20/$25 will provide enough soap for ten families enabling people to wash properly and give them a better chance against the virus. Thank you.

Please help us help more women give birth safely
Please help us help more women give birth safely

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May 7, 2020

More from Hawa: The Benefits of a Donkey!

A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur
A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur

Earlier this year we started to tell you about a woman named Hawa and her family from Jafaina Village. Hawa was one of the goat loan beneficiaries in 2018 when we adopted Jafaina Village, and simple basic essentials and goats have helped her change her life already. Hawa received a local breed Donkey from the Kids for Kids Animal Loan Committee at the same time as her goats!  Hawa told us recently just how important her donkey has been - a huge help in bringing water from the hand pump, as well as helping to plough the family's farm that Hawa's husband works. The family is seeing a drastic change already in what they are able to harvest on their 2.5 acres, formerly scrub grass land. Along with being able to harvest more of the regions staple crop, millet, they have been able to grow tomatoes and okra! Hawa is able to travel to the nearby markets in El Fasher and Turra to sell any excess produce.

As well as helping out on the farm, the donkey makes it possible for Hawa's two eldest children to attend school!  The family lives in Jafaina Village but at the moment their nearest school is in Turra village, which is 6km away. Before Kids for Kids adopted Jafaina, before Hawa received a donkey, the children needed to fetch water every day and had no time to go to school.  But now, despite the distance, they are able to attend classes!

We can't wait to share more about Hawa and her family with you in the coming reports. For now, I hope this little story about all that your support has made possible for Hawa's family - and countless others - brings a smile to your face in these difficult times. It really is amazing to see what a small amount of help can make possible for people living in drastically different circumstances from our own.

Please Note: This week we have received news that there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in El Fasher. We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages and are doing all we can to help. Please visit the Kids for Kids website to learn more about what you can do to help us, and please consider supporting our Urgent Appeal for Soap to combat COVID-19 on GlobalGiving. Just £20/$25 will provide enough soap for ten families enabling people to wash properly and give them a better chance against the virus. Thank you.

Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Donkeys make so much possible for families
Donkeys make so much possible for families

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Feb 28, 2020

Behind the Scenes: The Animal Loan Committee

Beneficiary Family at Abu Sinat B Village
Beneficiary Family at Abu Sinat B Village

We are excited to tell you that the Inception Meetings in our new Kids for Kids villages have finished up, and all the beneficiaries and committee members have been selected. Paravets are in training, and as soon as they are finished, it will be time for Goats and Donkeys to be purchased and brought to our eight new villages!  As you know, we will not bring animals into a village until there are fully trained paravets at hand.  Together, we build everything for long-term, sustainable change.

I thought you might be interested in learning more about the Animal Loan Committee (ALC), the key to ensuring the success and sustainability of our goat loan.

The Animal Loan Committee

Kids for Kids creates many committees when adopting a village, but the key committee in charge of our Goat Loan and our Donkeys is the Animal Loan Committee (ALC). The ALC is selected democratically by the community at the 2nd Inception Meeting in any village we adopt.  It is formed of 15-20 members at a ratio of 40% - 60% (men to women) so that we can ensure that women get an equal voice. The members of the ALC should include the paravets, two beneficiaries, one Village Development Committee (VDC) member and a teacher.  The chairman is preferably female because the beneficiaries of our goat loan and basic essential projects are mainly female.

Once selected, the ALC is trained in Bookeeping and Accountability and commit in the first meeting to provide regular reports back to our Project Leader and Programme Manager in Darfur. The ALC are responsible for identifying the women and families who should be considered as 1st generation beneficiaries. Then their main job is to support beneficiaries and ensure they are caring correctly for their animals in order to keep our projects sustainable. 

The ALC is responsible for ensuring that no beneficiary will sell or kill a goat, or its offspring, during the course of the loan. This ensures that the family builds up a flock which will help them as a long-term investment and that they will be able to hand on five healthy fertile offspring to the next generation after two years.

Key Responsibilities: 

1- Selection of Beneficiaries

2- Purchase and Distribution of Goats and Donkeys

3- Monitoring and Supervision of Goats and Beneficiaries (every ALC member will be responsible for 3-4 beneficiaries)

4- Monitoring and Supervision of Billy Goats

5- Meeting at least once a month and submission of reports to the Kids for Kids Team 

6- Responsibility of Revolving Veterinary Drug Fund.

7- Replacement of Goats if a Beneficiary wants to change nonproductive goats

8- Keeping written records about meetings and all the financial aspects of the animal purchases and loans

9- Keeping records of all programme assets

10- Holding regular quarterly meetings with beneficiaries to discuss projects to help them

11- Submitting regular monthly reports to the programme manager and the Village Development Committee.

 

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ALC Meeting at Abu Sinat B Village
ALC Meeting at Abu Sinat B Village
Beneficiary Family at Um Ajaja Village
Beneficiary Family at Um Ajaja Village
2nd Inception Meeting Underway
2nd Inception Meeting Underway
 
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