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.
Mar 24, 2016

Water flows in Darfur - 11 new Handpumps

Drilling for water, big excitement for a village!
Drilling for water, big excitement for a village!

Water flows in Darfur – 11 new Handpumps

Can you imagine the joy in people’s hearts when water arrives in their village?  Fresh, clean water to drink means so many things – less thirst, water to cook with, you can wash, you can clean wounds, less illness and disease.  If there is any spare, villagers plant vegetables for the first time.   And children can go to school.   In the violence of Darfur, water close at hand means children and women no longer risk of attack while out walking for water.  Even young children are frighteningly at risk, but there is no alternative when water is miles away.  Now villagers can also water trees to hold back the desert.

This year drought has come early and animals are already dying of thirst.  Now, in our villages, with our new handpumps, no animal need die of thirst.

As Hadiya* said to me when I was in Darfur “We prayed to God every day for this, but I never believed it would happen in my lifetime.  Thank you Kids for Kids for giving us hope for our children’s future!” 

Thanks to you, and Global Giving, 11 new pumps have been commissioned in the last year.  5 are already in use and the remainder will be ready after Easter.  We must provide more – as many as we can fund - with your help.  We cannot let children go to bed thirsty, and wake up even more dehydrated.  

Our strong links with the Water, Environment and Sanitation Department in Darfur mean we have equipment and skilled technical support available for surveys, drilling and installation as soon as we have the funds.  There can be delays – we operate in a conflict zone after all – but we have shown over the years that the dedication and tenacity of our team will win through.  

Almost 33,000people will have fresh water to drink thanks to you.  It can be done – let’s show the world we can stop thirst in Darfur.  

Thank you for this precious gift, you are saving lives. 

Patricia Parker MBE, Founder

 

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 dont 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.  

 

(*names have been changed to protect beneficiaries' privacy)

Fresh, clean water to drink
Fresh, clean water to drink
Before the handpump, this is what children drank!
Before the handpump, this is what children drank!
One of our goats enjoying a drink
One of our goats enjoying a drink
Once water quality is checked, the pump goes in!
Once water quality is checked, the pump goes in!

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Feb 9, 2016

Eyewitness report - how goats save lives in Darfur

Hayida has 6 children to provide for
Hayida has 6 children to provide for

Eyewitness report - how goats save lives in Darfur

It has been a difficult start to 2016, with many thousands of children in Darfur facing starvation.  As you know, Kids for Kids has a lot to do.  However, where help is being given, it is really working.  Our Programme Manager Hassan has just returned from a field trip to the village of Kindro in Darfur.  This village was adopted by Kids for Kids in 2013 and he has just been there to witness and report back on their first Goat Loan rotation. Beneficiaries who had Kids for Kids Goat Loans two years ago have now passed on new goats to the next families. Every family's story is unique, touching and inspiring in its own way.  Here is one of them: 

"Hadiya is 42 years old, married, and has 6 children." reports Hassan. "In September 2013 hers was one of the poorest families in Kindro, and she was selected by the Animal Loans Committee to participate in the Kids for Kids projects. Her family received a Goat Loan, a donkey, 2 blankets and 2 mosquito nets.  This was a unique opportunity for her to lift the whole family out of poverty and I am delighted to report that she and her children have worked hard to make the most of it."

Over the past two years Hadya has built a big rakouba to be used as a shade in summer and the roof for keeping hay and dry fodder.  She has been using mineral salt lick and providing water every day to keep the goats healthy.  Paravet Addouma treats her goats when needed and reports that she has provided medication 6 times in the past 2 years.  Eldest son Mohammed helps Hadya to look after the goats. Hadya uses the goats’ milk to feed her children and to make sauce. After repaying the Goat Loan Hadya wants to sell her extra bucks and buy a donkey cart.  Last year she used the local donkey plough, successfully producing a good harvest of okra, sesame and melons that earned about 1800 SDGs to help feed, clothe and cover emergency expenses for the family.  

"The past two years have changed our lives" Hadya said.  "Before this help from Kids for Kids I was praying for a miracle even to feed my children. They were so weak, I was truly afraid.  Now I have the blankets and mosquitos to protect them from getting sick, and the goats milk to make them stronger.  I have worked hard and built up a little flock of 20 goats, and I believe that I can give my children a better future."  

This is a total transformation since the family was struggling to survive 2 years ago.  And remember - she is now repaying the Goat Loan by passing on healthy young goats to a new family for a new loan, so this miracle will happen all over again. Thank you for being a part of this incredible work.  

$62 provides a goat for nutricious milk to stop starvation 

$95 provides a donkey to carry water and firewood

$372 provides 6 goats for a mother to give her family a livelihood

$600 trains a paravet to keep the animals healthy 

Thank you for your support.  You are saving lives in Darfur. 

Goats milk saves lives in Darfur
Goats milk saves lives in Darfur

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Feb 9, 2016

Water for Darfur in 2016

Fetching water in Darfur
Fetching water in Darfur

Water is the first priority and desperately needed in Darfur.   Thank you to all of you who responded to our urgent appeal for Jerry Cans for families in Darfur in 2015.  You have literally saved lives where families had to flee their homes with nothing.  The first priority was to make sure they had some way of collecting water.   Thanks to you we were able to give each family two jerry cans.   Having lived in the camps now for months many have asked to settle in Kids for Kids’ villages, as their own homes no longer exist.   We are asking for help to give these families the basic essentials for establishing a home for their children.    Our new project on Global Giving is to help these families:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/new-hope-for-idps-joining-kids-for-kids-villages/

Update on Life in Darfur at the start of 2016

Sadly 2016 really is the year when I am going to have to find every means possible to raise as much money as I can.   The last two years have seen the exodus of virtually every aid agency from the region.  Already violence has been extreme.  Over 270 vehicles attacked villages in South Darfur in the first four days of January.   This will have an impact throughout the region.   Even worse, the harvest has been disappointing, less than  30% of what was hoped for in many regions – places where children were already malnourished.   I fear for the families of Darfur.  You can see Kids for Kids has a lot to do.   Please can you tell people how tragic life is for these poor people.   These children really are forgotten. 

Water is the essence of life.  This is why we are continuing to work as hard as we can with our team in Darfur to keep delivering our Kids for Kids water projects - from emergency Jerry Cans to long term projects like Hand Pumps and water harvesting training.  If you can help us provide a handpump close to a village you will not only help us provide water, but you will be saving women and children from the risk of attack on their long walks for water across the deserts of Darfur.    And there is an additional benefit – with water close at hand, children can go to school every day.   This will transform their lives.   We have a water projects page right here on Global Giving that you can support to keep us going:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/water-for-children-in-darfur/

You will be saving lives, and enabling children to have a childhood instead of walking for water each day. 

Thank you so much for your support, and may I wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful 2016. 

Patricia Parker MBE

CEO and Chairman of Trustees

A family home in Darfur
A family home in Darfur

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