Kids for Kids

KIDS FOR KIDS aims to help children living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan who live lives of inexcusable hardship and to give them the chance of a better life. We seek to enable families to stay in their villages in the midst of the conflict by helping to improve their lives and livelihoods and lifting them out of poverty. Our long-term aim is to give Darfur a chance by sustaining villages as vibrant institutions - without this people living in the camps will have nothing to return to once peace is restored.
Sep 29, 2016

Children in Brooklyn Save Children in Darfur with a Walk for Water!

Water for the donkeys
Water for the donkeys

Dear Friends

It really has been a bad year in Darfur.  El Nino caused severe drought across the Sahil and then the rains started early, and have continued.  It has been so heavy in parts there was flooding and people drowned - extraordinary to think of in a land of such severe heat.   The tragedy is that all this water will sink into the sand without trace and the summer months will again see people walking up to 20 miles to find water.  Although there is now surface water it is unclean as people are using hafirs (small reservoirs) which don’t have filters.  This is why handpumps are so important – it is clean underground water.  Our aim is to raise funds for water now, so that we can provide more handpumps as soon as conditions allow the heavy drilling rig to be moved safely.   

And it is the children of the International School of Brooklyn to the rescue!  Their Annual Walk for Water is coming October 21st.   Now in its 6th year, children who participate in Walk for Water discover the empowerment of actually making a difference as they themselves raise funds to change the lives of children their own age living such different lives.  It is also a true learning experience. They carry water just as the children of Darfur must do if we do not help them. 

Won't you join the children of the International School of Brooklyn today!  

You can help today!

$10 buys 2 Jerry cans and delivers them to where they are needed

$ 95 provides a little donkey to carry water, so children don't have to

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey to pull a water cart for tree projects and schools

$460 provides a water cart

$875 repairs a broken handpump – it is heartbreaking to seen them idle

$7,000 provides a handpump which can be named for you, your organisation or a loved one

Thank you for your support.

  

Handpump
Handpump
Handpump
Handpump
Children at ISB on their walk for water 2015
Children at ISB on their walk for water 2015

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Sep 29, 2016

Help children in Darfur who need a home

Blankets bring a big smile
Blankets bring a big smile

We desperately want to help people to help themselves, and set up a new home where their children can thrive. By providing them with a home people are staying in Darfur and not becoming refugees across the world.   “When I first went to Darfur fathers left home in the ‘hungry’ summer months so they were not another mouth to feed” says Patricia Parker MBE, Founder Kids for Kids.   “They went to find work somewhere in Sudan, even as far away as Port Sudan in the far east of the country.   Nowadays, since the creation of South Sudan and the loss of the oil, there are no jobs in Sudan so, to earn money to keep their children alive, they have to go somewhere else.  I feel so sad for these poor fathers, who are so often misunderstood and condemned as economic migrants. 

Our projects support the villages of Darfur, Sudan and everything we provide is sustainable.  We are lifting families, and whole communities, out of poverty and setting them on the path of a better future.  More families have lost their homes and nearly 1,000 families have settled in our Kids for Kids villages, and they need help too. 

To provide the basic essentials, including jerry cans, farm tools, cooking utensils and pots, blankets and mosquito nets etc. will cost about $100 per family, depending on how many children they have. To make life sustainable, each family will also need a little donkey to carry water and of course a Kids for Kids Goat Loan, so that the children have milk and its essential protein and minerals. (And remember - after 2 years the family will pass on 6 little goats to another family)

Please will you support this initiative? The need is urgent, so please do what you can, and do please pass on this plea for help to anyone you know who might be able to support us.

Thank you.

Every penny goes a long way in Darfur:

$62 buys a little goat to provide nutricious milk for children

$95 provides a little donkey to carry water and firewood

$372 gives a family 6 little goats, and after 2 years they pass on 6 little goats to the next family

$100 provides immediate basic essentials for a family arriving with nothing

$42 provides a double blanket to keep children warm

$25 provides 2 mosquito nets to protect children form Malaria

$437 helps a family to make a home in a village

$45 provides training to look after the animals

$30 provides a donkey plough for the community so they can grow more food

Thank you for your support

Family
Family
A family with their goats
A family with their goats
Sep 29, 2016

Goats and sheep drown in floods

Floods
Floods

Quote - Patricia Parker MBE

It has been an extremely difficult year in Darfur, with violence the worst we have known it, followed by a severe drought in the wake of El Nino. When hay has run out, there is nothing for them to eat, and the grass was so poor at the end of last year that families could not collect sufficient to last them through the 'hungry' months - months when humans and animals succumb to starvation. 

To prevent this, we asked you to help provide emergency  fodder for the animals in the worst affected areas.  Thanks to everyone who helped us we made a real difference, and now at last there is grass again as the rains started early.  

After such a hard summer when people walked miles for water for themselves and their animals it was wonderful to hear that at last there was water near at hand.   Poeple rushed to the fields to plant their crops, from the seed they had managed to save so their families could eat next year.   Tragically, the rains did not stop.    Terrible downpours caused massive flash flooding.   This photograph shows the floods at Um Ga’al, our first village, in the far north of Darfur. 

“It is so surprising seeing this rush of water" said Patricia Parker our Founder who started Kids for Kids when she saw small children struggling across what was desert to fetch every drop of water.  " I have only seen Um Ga’al when the region is only arid desert as far as you can see.  The floods this year in Um Ga’al have resulted not only in goats and sheep being drowned but has washed away an entire side of a valley where people had planted their valuable seed.  Without Kids for Kids there would be no help for those families who have lost their crops.  When your only food is from what you grow, this is disaster.  It is hard to think of families facing starvation when predictions are that, because of the rain, 2017 is likely to be the best harvest for a decade in Sudan as a whole.  The families that have lost their animals have lost more than a year's income.  It is disaster.   We are setting up a disaster fund for Um Ga’al and other villages facing the same loss to make sure they have something to get them through next year.”

But it is not all disaster.  Darfur is the size of France, further south our villages are doing well.   Thankfully now the rains have come, the grass is starting to grow, and soon our goat loan animals will be recovering and reproducing!    We need many more goats so that children will drink milk again.   Thank you for your support.   The goats and donkeys you are helping us provide are changing children's lives forever.

Please help us to keep goats and donkeys healthy, to help maintain starving children

$25 buys seed for 2 families

$30 buys a donkey plough to help a family grow more food

$62 will provide one goat to give children nutritious milk

$75 buys 20 fruit tree seedlings to provide food and shade for the animals and families

$95 buys a donkey for transport and to help carry water

$600 pays for a paravet, as there is no veterinary care to look after the animals

$372 will provide 6 goats for a family to give them milk and income from selling excess dairy product.

$7,000 will provide a simple handpump for the whole community, so that children won’t have to walk miles for fresh clean water.

Thank you so much for your support.

Little lad tending his goats
Little lad tending his goats

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