Jun 19, 2020

How do you wash your hands without Soap- or Water?

Children waiting to fill their jerrycans
Children waiting to fill their jerrycans

Elfasher town has witnessed high mortality rate among old people 50-60 years old , some showing Covid 19 like symptoms and other sudden death. The average death rate is 12 person a day. We have lost friends and neighbors. The rate is expected to increase in the coming days. Although the lockdown is announced but it is not well implemented in addition to there being no proper health measures. Today a committee was formed for investigation about the cause, whether Covid 19 or another disease.  Meanwhile it is advisable to stay at home and use mask and social distancing if for any reason one goes out.”

- Dr Salim, Kids for Kids Programme Manager

Bad news is doubly terrible when one’s worst fears materialize.  We have been dreading the news that COVID-19 had reached Darfur. There are few tests available to see if the cause of illness is in fact COVID-19, and any medical tests taken have to be sent to Khartoum. Confirmed cases are therefore far less than in reality. In Darfur, to be old is to be over 50, and there are a large number of people with diabetes in Sudan, making them doubly vulnerable.  We are worried for them all.  There are no ventilators, no oxygen in hospitals in the towns of El Fasher and Mellit in North Darfur.  The rural villages have no healthcare at all - no doctors, no nurses. Water is scarce, people are struggling even to eat - the danger is very real and there is no treatment available.  By continuing to support our water projects at this time, you will be providing life.

We have launched an Urgent COVID-19 GlobalGiving Microproject for Soap - 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 support our Water project - hugely important especially during the summer months.  Your help is the key to our success as we do not spend money on advertising, and because, as you can imagine, our donations have dropped significantly since February.  Soap and water - so basic and so vital.  Anything you can do will save lives.

Thank you all so very much.

Walking across the hot desert to reach water
Walking across the hot desert to reach water
Water is precious and must be used sparingly
Water is precious and must be used sparingly

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May 11, 2020

FGM Criminalized in Sudan!

For almost 20 years Kids for Kids has been funding the training of midwives in Darfur for remote villages where there is no healthcare whatsoever.  Can you imagine, childbirth with no trained help?  Women for decades have been submitted to FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – which can cause serious life-threatening complications when they give birth. Our midwives have been teaching the dangers of FGM and the practice has been dying out in our 100 villages. Now there is the wonderful news that at last in Sudan the newly formed Council of Ministers – created after the overthrow of Omer Bashir last year  have approved a law that would mean up to three years in prison for anyone carrying out FGM. This must still be approved by the Sovereign Council, but it seems likely to become law. This move by the Government to criminalize the practice is a major step for women’s health, making the jobs of our midwives easier.  It will take time to completely eradicate the practice; as the United Nations say, 87% of women in Sudan today have undergone FGM, with girls usually cut between the ages of five and 14. We are hugely grateful to you all for supporting our midwives and thus enabling us to save thousands of girls from this dangerous practice. 

More Midwives Needed: We are very excited that 30 midwife trainees from villages we adopted in 2018 and 2019 have been selected to be trained by El Fasher Health Academy Staff! The training was due to start in the next two months; however we will keep you updated about this because El Fasher is currently in lockdown as there have been cases of COVID-19 confirmed last week in Darfur. Soon there will be 30 more professionals keeping women and babies safe. Please will you continue to support this life-saving project and help us train these midwives? If we succeed, we hope to raise enough to train a further 40 midwives this year.

Please Note: We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages, as healthcare is so limitepeople will stand little chance against it. Please visit the Kids for Kids website to learn more about what you can do to help us, and please consider supporting our Urgent Appeal for Soap to Combat COVID-19 on GlobalGiving. Just £20/$25 will provide enough soap for ten families enabling people to wash properly and give them a better chance against the virus. Thank you.

Please help us help more women give birth safely
Please help us help more women give birth safely

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May 7, 2020

More from Hawa: The Benefits of a Donkey!

A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur
A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur

Earlier this year we started to tell you about a woman named Hawa and her family from Jafaina Village. Hawa was one of the goat loan beneficiaries in 2018 when we adopted Jafaina Village, and simple basic essentials and goats have helped her change her life already. Hawa received a local breed Donkey from the Kids for Kids Animal Loan Committee at the same time as her goats!  Hawa told us recently just how important her donkey has been - a huge help in bringing water from the hand pump, as well as helping to plough the family's farm that Hawa's husband works. The family is seeing a drastic change already in what they are able to harvest on their 2.5 acres, formerly scrub grass land. Along with being able to harvest more of the regions staple crop, millet, they have been able to grow tomatoes and okra! Hawa is able to travel to the nearby markets in El Fasher and Turra to sell any excess produce.

As well as helping out on the farm, the donkey makes it possible for Hawa's two eldest children to attend school!  The family lives in Jafaina Village but at the moment their nearest school is in Turra village, which is 6km away. Before Kids for Kids adopted Jafaina, before Hawa received a donkey, the children needed to fetch water every day and had no time to go to school.  But now, despite the distance, they are able to attend classes!

We can't wait to share more about Hawa and her family with you in the coming reports. For now, I hope this little story about all that your support has made possible for Hawa's family - and countless others - brings a smile to your face in these difficult times. It really is amazing to see what a small amount of help can make possible for people living in drastically different circumstances from our own.

Please Note: This week we have received news that there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in El Fasher. We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages and are doing all we can to help. Please visit the Kids for Kids website to learn more about what you can do to help us, and please consider supporting our Urgent Appeal for Soap to combat COVID-19 on GlobalGiving. Just £20/$25 will provide enough soap for ten families enabling people to wash properly and give them a better chance against the virus. Thank you.

Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Donkeys make so much possible for families
Donkeys make so much possible for families

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