Aug 31, 2020

The Magic of Soap in a Time of Covid

Soap Means Hope for Families in Darfur
Soap Means Hope for Families in Darfur

Sometimes it is the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference. In normal times, we are focused on somewhat "grand" but sustainable plans.  Training healthcare workers, digging wells for handpumps, building kindergartens or walking a herd of life-changing goats into a village -- all are days for celebration.

But now it is the new normal, even in the remote villages of Darfur.  And right now a simple bar of soap is life-saving.

Normally, Kids for Kids projects help the poorest of the poor build their way out of grinding poverty through tools to earn a living and feed their families.  And we are continuing with what we can for our regular projects.

But in this new normal, we had the chance to get a truck load of simple soap out to Darfur and now we have to pay for it. We jumped in with both feet and delivered over 466,000 bars of soap to 105 villages.  We have empowered women to have an ounce of control over keeping their children alive in these most difficult times. Simple instructions for proper handwashing came with the soap, so that it might be effective and lifesaving.

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While we work to cover the cost of the soap, we are still building 5 kindergartens this year -- for education is the way out of poverty. We are training families to care for and grow their goat herds so there will be milk for children and enough sometimes to sell -- a livelihood that means perhaps mothers can afford a mosquito net or warm blanket for a cold desert night or farm tools for a better harvest.

Giving women in the villages of Darfur the tools to bring their families out of poverty is such a basic, successful and sustainable processes.  And now a simple bar of soap makes all the difference. We so appreciate your continued support for the children of Darfur. We couldn't do it without you.

Your support empowers women to care for their kids
Your support empowers women to care for their kids
Boxes of soap arriving - soap to save lives!
Boxes of soap arriving - soap to save lives!
Aug 31, 2020

Imagine Having No Healthcare... During a Pandemic

We must help families facing starvation
We must help families facing starvation

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in Sudan, but families in most of the rural villages of Darfur have no access to healthcare. No nurses, no doctors in the villages - no paracetamol. With no advanced equipment and hospitals miles away, there is little the Midwives and First Aid Workers you have helped us to train can do if people contract COVID-19.

Lockdown has disrupted the supply chain and shortages of basic food items like bread are causing immense hardship. Inflation is up to 143% this month. People cannot afford food, let alone soap to wash hands to try to prevent the virus. Two and a half million people across Darfur face starvation.  A food crisis has been declared in North Darfur, and children are in great need. People are hungry, poor, losing all hope. 

And now there are floods - flash floods that wash away fields, crops, belongings, animals, and houses. In Darfur where people grow what they eat, one flood will destroy your harvest.

We urgently need support so we can provide help immediately, where no one else is. Goats will mean milk for children to drink, to stop starvation and combat malnutrition. Chickens mean eggs full of protein and nutrients for the weak. Soap will enable people to wash their hands and prevent COVID-19. Social distancing is impossible where families live together in crowded huts and must travel to busy markets to trade. Soap means hope - an element of control in keeping yourself safe.

We are continuing our work training midwives and first aid workers - to provide healthcare to women and children in our villages. We train two midwives in every village we adopt - 100 villages so far.  But right now we need to provide these urgently needed items so people can survive the current immense hardship, hardship much greater than many of us have experienced this year. 

Please can you help and share this news with your friends?  We are so grateful to you for your continued support for families through hard times. Thank you all so much.

Children deserve to be healthy and safe
Children deserve to be healthy and safe
Goats provide essential milk for children
Goats provide essential milk for children
5 bars of soap to each family - please help!
5 bars of soap to each family - please help!
Jun 25, 2020

Goat's Milk to Strengthen Children - Urgent

Goats bringing smiles to beneficiary's faces!
Goats bringing smiles to beneficiary's faces!

Cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Darfur now, in towns very close to our villages. In Sudan, the official report is that as of 19 June 2020, there were 8,698 people confirmed to have COVID-19 in Sudan, including 533 fatalities, according to The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). However, the real figure is far higher – there is no testing and therefore few cases are officially confirmed.  The truth will never be known, but the dangers are.

Providing goats right now will mean milk for children who are weak and malnourished – milk that will help to strengthen their immune systems, helping to fight the virus. And our goats do so much more than just improve children's health – goats improve the lives of families long-term. In 2015 we adopted Um Keddada village, and Fatinya was one of the poorest women in the village, with two young children. She received five goats and the share of a billy goat with two other families from the Animal Loan Committee - along with a donkey, two blankets, and two mosquito nets. In 2017 when the Goat Rotation took place, Fatinya had 24 goats and passed five of these along to another family in the village. Today she has 27 goats in total – goats who have enabled her to feed her children and keep them healthy, as well as sell surplus milk at market, and make yoghurt and ghee to sell too! The ability to earn an income is incomparable – especially now as inflation is soaring as COVID-19 ravages the country. 

If you are not yet aware of the Urgent COVID-19 Appeal for Soap we have launched as a GlobalGiving Microproject, please check it out. This appeal is the only hope people can have to prevent the virus from spreading. Just $25/£20 provides five bars of soap each to 10 families, along with an illustrated instruction leaflet teaching people how to properly wash hands (so important when water is scarce). £380 is enough to provide soap to a whole village. The way of life in Darfur means social distancing and isolation are impossible. People live in small huts, crowded, in dire conditions of poverty. Children are malnourished with weak immune systems so will be unable to fight the virus. Soap is the only hope of saving lives.

Please donate if you are able and share the link with anyone you can think of!  And do continue to donate goats as their milk is hugely important in maintaining people's health.

Thank you all so much.  Your help is the key to our successful projects, as we do not spend money on advertising, and because, as you can imagine, our donations have dropped significantly since February.  Anything you can do to help us will save lives.

Fatinya on her land with her goats
Fatinya on her land with her goats
Kids for Kids' Goats!
Kids for Kids' Goats!

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