Sep 5, 2019

Empowering Darfur's Children

All Children Deserve an Education
All Children Deserve an Education

We have been building Kindergartens for villages in Darfur since 2013 and have built Nine so far. 1500 children start back at school this month!   By giving children access to education early during the most important and formative years of their lives, we are setting them up for success.  Success means lifting their families out of abject poverty. We currently have the funds for one more Kindergarten which we are working on at the moment for Lawabid, a village we adopted in 2005.  The mothers there have been asking if we could help to educate their children ever since then.  It is their dream for their little ones.

At Kids for Kids we must plan ahead but we will not promise what we cannot provide.  "The thought of disappointing people when they have so little is horrific"  says Founder Patricia Parker "We have plans to build four more Kindergartens, but must go one at a time.  Lawabid will be the first. "It is anticipated that each of these five Kindergartens will immediately benefit approximately 130 children, which means a total of 650 children in just the first year!   Their mothers cannot read and write so you can begin to imagine what this means to them."

We want to thank you all for supporting this project over the years! This is our last project report because we are absorbing our Kindergartens Project into our project titled 'Empower Women to Earn an Income'. By empowering women to earn their own income, they are able to make decisions for themselves and their families for the first time ever. Mothers in Darfur know that education is the best way out of poverty for their children. Kids for Kids is doing all it can to ensure as many children as possible have that chance. From years of experience, we have seen mothers make the best decisions they can for their family - always putting their children first. By helping women to help themselves, they will be able to send their children to school in the Kindergartens we are building in their villages. If you would like to keep supporting our Kindergartens Project and help us build these schools, please go here.

Please help us empower women to change the future
Please help us empower women to change the future
Let's put a Smile on Everyone's Face!
Let's put a Smile on Everyone's Face!

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Jul 30, 2019

Training Begins for Eight New Communities

We are thrilled to share that we are at last able to start training for projects within Eight New Villages!  You will have read about Sudan in the news lately as the country has been in turmoil. People have taken up the cry “We are Darfur” at last realising the tragedy of life there since the violence started in 2002. With restricted press and no items on Sudan television people have no way of  knowing what happens in the rest of the country.  There has been great uncertainty over the past months, and our Programme Manager and Project Leader have been unable to get things like fuel to reach our villages and begin delivering our life saving projects. Luckily, we have been in constant contact, even during the internet outage, because of their dedication, so we are fully up to date with all that has been happening. Things are still uncertain, but settlement is looking likely at the Federal level now, with on going talks.

Because we work directly with village leaders we have been able to find ways to help, despite the difficulties, teaching people to run our projects democratically and with the security necessary for their success. We will never adopt a village if we are not able to fully provide all that we have said we will - but sustainability of our projects is essential. That is why we had to delay until now to ensure we could provide all we promise. 

Our main project is our goat loan, where we provide five nanny goats to each family of the 15% of families in the village democratically selected as being the most in need. A Billy Goat is also shared between three families - it works! The goats are given to the mother in each family, and as soon as she has passed on five healthy nanny goats to another family, the rest of the flock is hers.  Something we could never have achieved without our help.  There are 270 women who will receive goats in our new villages - for each of them this is a life changing time. They will have their first ever income which they can choose how they spend.   It makes an enormous difference to each family. 

We have just received a proposal for 30 new midwives, which includes midwives for these eight new villages! Training midwives provides young women with a secure and important profession and an income for life. Each midwife further empowers women in her own village by giving them information, medical help and the ability to deliver children whilst feeling safe, confident, and comfortable in her own health and the health of her child's.   The presence of trained midwives in villages transforms mortality of both mother and child.  In the past, Darfur had one of the highest rates of death in childbirth in the world.    In recent years the lack of health care in villages was made worse by the dangers of travelling to the few hospitals.   Our Kids for Kids Midwives have transformed life for women and young girls no longer fear marriage and having children.    Our midwives also teach the dangers of FGM and train the various methods of contraception.  

These are just a few examples of how much all our projects do to help women in Darfur, giving them an income and a voice. This income is, put simply, the difference between making decisions for their children to improve their lives and give them a chance. With an income, mothers can provide health care for their children as well as send them to school.  You will see before our next project report that this project will include more about our Kindergartens too as we are building schools in villages to provide women with the resources to educate their young ones - both girls and boys.  Starting school early has a major impact on future success.

Thank you, as always, for your fantastic support. Please remember to share our work with your social circles. We do not advertise, so it is purely word of mouth that gets our life-saving work out there!

Every woman and child deserves a chance
Every woman and child deserves a chance
Jul 30, 2019

30 New Midwives: Will You Make this Dream a Reality?

Patricia Parker MBE, our Founder and CEO, has just received a proposal from our team in Darfur for the training of 30 new midwives!  This proposal comes at a time of great uncertainty in Sudan, not just in the capital, but across the entire country. Now as things are beginning to settle and move forward again we too are looking to the future.

We have committed to adopting eight villages in Darfur, but because of the uncertainty in Sudan, we had not been able to start training the new communities in our projects until now. Luckily we have received continuous news from Darfur thanks to our Programme Manager, Salim, and our Project Leader, Hassan, and this means despite everything, we are able to continue our work. Their dedication has kept us able to function and continue working even with the lack of internet.  One can do amazing things by text!  We never give up. 

As settlement looks likely now at the Federal level we can begin training in all our projects, and some of the thirty new midwives will be in these eight new villages. We are seeking funds to train 30 new women as midwives.    Not only will they themselves save many lives and give a healthy start to little new borns but becoming a midwife improves the lives of women by teaching them a profession, giving them an independent livelihood - and one that will help hundreds of women who currently have absolutely no access to pre and post-natal care.

Please make a donation and share this project with anyone who might help. We would love to fund our 30 new trainees as soon as possible. Thank you so much for all you continue to do to make our work possible. You are saving and changing lives with every donation you make.   So far we have sufficient to pay the first half of the training - please can you help us to ensure they complete it and are able to return to their villages with essential skills which will save lives.

Midwives save lives - please help us train more.
Midwives save lives - please help us train more.
 
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