Dec 14, 2020

"I began to feel a sense of empowerment"

Tahani and her family.
Tahani and her family.

 

As 2020 draws to an end we reflect back on what an awful year it has been.

In Darfur, it has been a particularly hard year, not only with Covid-19 arriving in the villages but the people have suffered from droughts and fires and in August there was flooding. Not only did this wash away people homes and livelihoods but it brought with it a rise in malaria. And in the midst of all the natural disasters, Sudan as a country is suffering through an economic crisis - inflation has reached an astonishing 230%, meaning that basic essentials have skyrocketed in price, too high a price for the majority of families in Darfur to pay.

However, there is a flicker of hope and good news - in the villages that Kids for Kids adopted in 2019, the goats that were promised to the families most in need have arrived at their new homes.

Tahani is a 30-year-old mother of 5  - and has been left to raise her children on her own after separating from her husband. In her own words, she was 'facing the toughest and most difficult days of her life'.

However, Tahani was chosen by her village to receive a goat loan from Kids for Kids and received her animals last month and already 2 of the goats are pregnant! This means that Tahani can give milk for her children and earn a living from selling any extra milk and yoghurt that her goats provide.

Tahani is currently preparing to plant some winter crops to sell at the weekly market. The future is looking a little more bright for Tahani and her family. ' After I separated from my husband, I was afraid for my children's future.'

'After Kids for Kids entered our life, I began to feel a sense of empowerment and I felt confident, I began to change and feel stable and I am hopeful in improving my family's future'.

 Tahani is just one of the women that Kids for Kids has been able to help because of the support of people like you!

If this year has taught us anything it is to keep on going when times are toughest and to stop and take a moment to appreciate the positive things that we are able to achieve when we all come together. 

Because of your support, Tahani and many more families are feeling hopeful for the future, despite the worsening conditions in Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

Goats at Um Ishira
Goats at Um Ishira
Oct 14, 2020

A Vital Lifeline in a Time of Need.

A smiling happy boy prepares for his new goats!
A smiling happy boy prepares for his new goats!

Donkeys are a vital lifeline to the people of Darfur at the best of times. The harsh environmental conditions people and families have to live with every day make life a struggle. The relentless heat of the sun, droughts in some areas, flooding in others. This is why we provide goats and donkeys to families. They provide necessary sustenance to hungry children in the form of goats milk, donkeys helping with everyday tasks such as collecting water or firewood. These animals help to lighten the load.

However, times have never been harder for the people of Darfur. Sudan has declared an economic emergency as inflation soars, reaching a staggering 167% in August and is still rising. The price of basic staples has gone through the roof. Everyone in Sudan is struggling but when disasters like this happen, it is often the most in need that are the ones hit the hardest.

In the midst of the disaster Kids for Kids has some happy news. Two of the recently adopted villages in Darfur, Abu Sinait, and Um Ajaja have just received their lifelines, new goats for the most in need! Smiling faces of the mothers and excitement of the children expresses their delight and what must be relief! This is what we accomplished with your help. So on behalf of the people who have already received their goats and donkeys, we thank you.

However, we must provide more goats to feed more starving children, we must provide more donkeys to share the hard work. Families have never been more in need. There are thousands more still waiting for help. We can not turn our backs on the people of Darfur - Kids for Kids is there for these people in the darkest of times - will you?

For $70 you can provide a single goat to a family or provide a little donkey that will help a family collect water for $95 but any amount no matter how small will go to the greatest need for the people of Darfur.

The goats have arrived at their new home!
The goats have arrived at their new home!
A family who will benefit from a goat loan.
A family who will benefit from a goat loan.
Oct 13, 2020

Running for Water

Rasheed Mattar - Ran 10km for Kids for Kids
Rasheed Mattar - Ran 10km for Kids for Kids

Water is desperately needed in Darfur.  Walking many miles for water across the desert has to be done by everyone. In Rasheed Mattar's village in Darfur, children are struggling many miles for every drop.  Yet now they are weak from malnutrition as families' incomes have collapsed as inflation has soared.  Rasheed is a Kids for Kids supporter and wanted to raise money to fund the installation of a handpump in his home village of Abu Zureiga in Darfur, Sudan. Rasheed, fled Sudan aged 15 when it became too dangerous for him to remain.  He now lives in Luton UK and although he has permission to stay he wants to go home. His family and friends remain in Darfur but they are struggling.

Rasheed said ' I visited Darfur last year and I saw people still walking many miles to collect water. Sometimes they ride on their donkey, the only transport that people have. Lack of access to water remains one of the major drivers of the ongoing conflict in Darfur. I have big dreams. I thought to myself, ‘I can do fundraising to build a hand pump’. This will make a real difference in people’s lives. There is no possibility that the people in my village can afford to build a handpump, people are struggling even to eat. I want to do whatever I can to make a real difference in people’s lives in Darfur.' 

Rasheed planned to run 6km on the 25th of September, when the day arrived he not only reached his goal but kept on going, running 10km! Because he works full time with frail and elderly people he had little time to train so this was a personal best.  He has raised nearly £500 so far towards a handpump. An incredible achievement. Of course, this amount is not nearly enough. The recent economic crisis in Sudan has caused inflation to soar over recent months -167% in August - the price of everything is soarings yet the need for water is urgent.

Now we are asking for your help.

We wish we could bring better news but the people of Darfur are struggling now more than ever. We are not an emergency aid organization but in the absence of anyone else we have stepped up to help! We are providing mosquito nets to keep families safe from malaria and handsoap to keep disease and Covid-19 at bay but the priority must be water.  Families are faced with the prospect of walking miles every day to find water whilst they are struggling with malnutrition, malaria, and now, Covid-19.

Kids for Kids will never look the other way when it comes to the people of Darfur, we will continue to support them especially during the toughest of times.

Collecting water in Darfur
Collecting water in Darfur
A community filling their jerry cans in Darfur
A community filling their jerry cans in Darfur

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