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.
Apr 28, 2016

Kids for Kids Kindergartens - News from Abu Degeise

Toys and play are vital for development
Toys and play are vital for development

Kids for Kids Kindergartens – News from Abu Degeise

“Kindergartens are game-changers, giving a whole generation new hope for a brighter future.“ 

Patricia Parker MBE – Founder Kids for Kids

 We were delighted to receive our Kindergarten Report from Abu Degeise last week.  This is submitted in part by the teachers, and in part by the Village Development Committee, who are volunteers considered wise by the community.  Here is an extract from that report so you can see first-hand what feedback we are receiving. (The translation was sent from Darfur): 

"First  special thanks to Patricia Parker MBE, and Joanna Lumley from all Abu Degeise peoples children, mothers, women, men and youth for the great services provided by Kids for Kids since 2007   goats loan, donkeys, blankets and mosquito nets, finally, the kindergarten, which caused a change in the village kids  in the past students are sitting on the ground in buildings of local materials and now children came in early morning happy and delighted, the kindergarten building attracted children and changed the concepts of many parents insisting to register their children and the number of children increase from 90 to 170 students. 

 

We need other Elements even kindergarten lead its purpose:-

1-      We need another teacher because more children need school

2-      And a way to carry water for drinking and irrigation of trees

3-      We need to store

4-      We need to nutrition feed children

5-      We need new uniforms

6-       Bus cart  to transport students

7-      More seats please

 

Suad Suliman Abud Allah Bahar

Kindergarten Headmaster"

 

As you can see, the Kindergarten is growing and making a big difference, and we have more to do to help this Kindergarten to flourish. Can you help us to meet these needs please? 

 

$35 provides 20 bricks to help build a kindergarten or add a classroom

$305 provides a latrine to keep schools clean and healthy

$75 provides 20 trees to provide shade and food at school

$150 pays for one child to be educated for one year

$42,000 provides a whole Kindergarten including boundary wall, latrines and all equipment

$51 provides a First Aid kit for the school

$22 provides shoes for 5 children so they can walk to school

 

Thank you for your support.  

Our Goat Loans help children flourish
Our Goat Loans help children flourish
First Pupils inside a new kindergarten
First Pupils inside a new kindergarten
Abu Degeise Kindergarten
Abu Degeise Kindergarten
Lessons in progress
Lessons in progress

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Apr 28, 2016

It's worse than we feared, animals dying already

New goats mean new hope for a family
New goats mean new hope for a family

 It's worse than we feared, animals dying already  

 “I was shocked when I met with my Darfur Team for Programme Meetings this spring.  Animals were already dying of thirst, and we know this means that vulnerable children will be next this summer.  Reports are coming in already.  We simply must do all we can to help.”  Patricia Parker MBE – Founder Kids for Kids

You may already have seen the news on our website.  Conditions in Darfur are the worst we have ever known.  No sooner do we work out how much money we need to help the poor families who are taking refuge in our villages, and trying to provide permanent homes for their children, than yet more come and the sum needs to be doubled.  We have now had the March monthly report, and we are sad to see that in one of our older villages there are 30 malnourished children – this is a direct result of an influx of new families who have left home or left the vast IDP camps, with nothing. 

This sobering news means we must do all we can to help.  The world is has forgotten Darfur so please may I ask you to tell your friends and colleagues?    We know we can make a difference.  Children need goat’s milk because of its valuable protein.  We need as many goats as possible.   But we also need fodder to keep our little goats alive because of the failed harvest.   The goats in turn will keep children alive with their nutritious milk.  Goats are tough little creatures and work miracles in keeping starvation at bay.  Water too is urgently needed.    Our help includes not  just handpumps but donkeys to carry water, and water carts when the source is far away,  and we need ‘Essential Family Packs’ for displaced families arriving in our Kids for Kids villages. 

Kids for Kids will keep going and keep helping, but we need all the support you can manage please, and please ask your friends and families to help us.  There used to be over 1,000 NGOs, Charities and Aid Agencies here in Darfur, Sudan and now there are only 8.  Please tell everyone you know that Darfur needs help.  We must not give up on these precious children. 

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

$372 buys 6 goats for a family, and they will pass on 6 goats to a new family after 2 years - the best micro finance ever! 

$95 provides a little donkey to carry water

$42 provides a double blanket to keep children warm at night

$25 provides 2 mosquito nets - malaria is so dangerous

$30 provides a donkey plough, so families can grow more food

$21 provides 3 laying hens and a rooster to provide nutricious eggs 

$875 repairs a handpump

$8735 provides a handpump to supply a whole community

$460 provides a water cart to help communities plant trees and grow more food

$75 provides 20 drought resistant trees to hold back the desert 

Thank you for your support.  

A flock of goats means income for the first time
A flock of goats means income for the first time
Collecting emergency fodder for the goats
Collecting emergency fodder for the goats

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Mar 31, 2016

Our Midwives save lives - please help us train more!

Kids for Kids Midwife Hajja
Kids for Kids Midwife Hajja

Our Midwives save lives – please help us train more!

“Becoming a mother in Darfur is a terrifying experience.  FGM is widespread, which means there is a high incidence of obstructed labour.  In these cases it is vital to have a trained midwife on hand who can help young mothers.  Our Midwives have transformed survival rates.”  Patricia Parker MBE (Founder, Kids for Kids)

Meet Hajja, one of our fantastic midwives from Sakori village who graduated 5 years ago.  She reports back to us regularly on how she is getting on.  Her very first case after graduating in 2010 was within 6 days of returning home – in fact it was her sister’s child, so she helped deliver her own nephew, a real cause for family celebration!  Can you imagine the emotional strain of looking after friends and family as a midwife in your own community?  This is why Kids for Kids always trains 2 midwives in each village, so they can support one another.  

In the past 5 years Hajja has supported over 600 births, 350 boys and 250 girls, including 2 sets of twins.  She has made over 400 visits to pregnant ladies and had around 470 ladies come to her in the Health Centre.  She has wisely transferred 14 cases with complications to El Fasher hospital, a big decision when the journey takes many hours by donkey.  Hajja is highly respected in her community and receives contributions for her work from those who can afford to pay her.  She has bought goats for milk and is saving for her own children’s education.  What a difference this incredible woman has made to her community. 

This story is just one, among so many midwives, but you can see the difference she makes.  If only every village in Darfur could have a skilled midwife to help them.  Can you help us train another midwife this year?   

$62  provides a little goat for milk to feed little children

$95 provides a little donkey to carry water

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey so a midwife can reach her patients quickly

$230 provides a solar lantern - essential for assisting births at night

$3035 trains a midwife to save lives and teach hygiene 

$612 provides a donkey ambulance to help patients reach the hospital 

Thank you for your support.  

Trainee Midwives at the school
Trainee Midwives at the school
Most women give birth at home, far from help
Most women give birth at home, far from help

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