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.
Jun 20, 2016

Water - urgently needed to save children

Hair bleached of colour shows lack of protein
Hair bleached of colour shows lack of protein

The El Nino climate cycle  has had devastating affect across the world and none worse than the drought it is causing right now in Darfur, Sudan.    As early as February this year animals were dying of thirst in remote villages.   Now, at the height of summer, water is urgently needed if they are to survive.    The health of the animals is directly related to the health of the children, who rely on the milk of the goats when nothing else is growing.     Goat's milk is full of protein, minerals and vitamins.  Without them children's health is affected, including their brain cells.   Many children died last year from from malnutrition.    

Kids for Kids is doing all it can to find ways of giving access to water for families living in remote villages.    "Under Darfur there is the largest aquafer in Africa but people cannot afford to dig for it" says Patricia Parker MBE, Founder of Kids for Kids.    "We are asking help to fund handpumps and, thanks to you, we provided 11 last year, but we need many more,    But it takes time to install a pump.  There is urgent need now.   Villagers are asking for water carts pulled by strong crossbred donkeys so they can bring water back from distant handpumps.   We also need jerry cans for families who have moved from the camps to settle in the 78 Kids for Kids' villages where they know their children will have a better chance.  Global Giving supporters have helped us to save many children's lives already, but water is needed urgently.   Please can you help now?"   

Thirsty little goat
Thirsty little goat
Children in desert heat
Children in desert heat
Jun 15, 2016

Families need help to give their children a home

Darfur families need help to build a home
Darfur families need help to build a home

Families in Darfur need help to give their children a home

“I am immensely proud of the projects we support in the villages of Darfur because, unlike anything else I have seen, everything we provide is sustainable – lifting individual families, and whole communities, out of poverty and setting them on the path of a better future.     But now we face a new challenge.   This year even more families have lost their homes and all they possess.   Nearly 1,000 families have settled in our Kids for Kids villages, and now they need help too.”  Patricia Parker MBE, Founder Kids for Kids

Although our visionary leaders in the Kids for Kids villages have welcomed new families in, and encouraged the community to help them, building their huts and providing land to grow food, these new families have come with virtually no possessions.   To provide the basic essentials, including jerry cans, 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)

We desperately want to help people to help themselves, and set up a new home where their children can thrive.  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

$75 provides tree seedling top plant for a sustainable future 

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

Thank you for your support

Goat
Goat's Milk saves lives - precious protein
Families need basic essentials
Families need basic essentials
Mosquito nets - Malaria is so dangerous
Mosquito nets - Malaria is so dangerous

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Jun 7, 2016

Emergency fodder saving lives in 2016

A healthy goat means a healthy child in Darfur
A healthy goat means a healthy child in Darfur

Emergency fodder saving lives in 2016

As you know, this is the time of year when I am working with my team in Darfur on new projects, and this year there are more challenges than usual because of the devastating drought and a wave of people who have lost everything because of the continuing violence.  

I am pleased to tell you that I have just signed off an emergency project to deliver supplementary fodder to 523 families in 11 villages in Darfur, to make sure that our Kids for Kids goats and donkeys survive this summer.  From experience we know that if a family's animals look thin, the children are hungry too, but the reverse is also true - a healthy donkey means healthy children!  Darfur families receive animal husbandry traning from us before they receive any animals, and they take good care of them, so if they are doing well, their animals are nice and plump too.  

"The pilot project was a success last year" says our Programme Manager in Darfur, Dr Salim. (one of the few veterinary doctors in Darfur)  "Those animals that received the extra fodder thrived despite difficult conditions and many goats had twin kids.  We are very happy to extend this project this year to help 11 villages to keep their livestock healthy."  

Please will you help us to keep helping families with goats and donkeys this year?  A cup of goat's milk is the difference beween life and death for a little child in Darfur with no other source of protein,  Without protein, children's bones, teeth and even braincells are damaged.  Our Goat Loans provide 6 goats to a family, for immediate milk and the chance of an income for essentials.  After 2 years the flock will have grown and the family will pass on 6 goats to another family.  This is one of the best microfinance schemes in the world.  

Please help us to help more families this year - you are saving lives in Darfur.  

Patricia 

Patricia Parker MBE, CEO and Chairman of Trustees

 

$62 provides a little goat for milk - precious nutrition for children 

$372 provides 6 goats for a familiy 

$95 provides a little donkey to carry water and firewood for the family - the only transport

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

$45 provides training on how to care for the animals 

$73 provides emergency fodder  - supplimentary feed to stop animals from starving

$600 provides a paravet - there is no other animal care

$535 provides veterinary drugs for a revolving fund

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey for a midwife / paravet / water cart / school bus

Thank you for your support.   

Emergency fodder saves animals from starvation
Emergency fodder saves animals from starvation

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