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.
Jul 10, 2015

The Hungry Months, goat loans and praying for rain

Babies in Darfur are severely malnourished
Babies in Darfur are severely malnourished

The Hungry Months, goat loans and praying for rain

It is hard to grasp the fragility of life in Darfur unless you have lived it.  The Hungry Months, as our beneficiaries call them, mark the seeming eternity that stretches from the day last year's crop runs out, to the day the next crop is harvested.  One of our village committee leaders tells us:  "We know that our seed grain must have rain to grow, and so we have to wait, not knowing when we can plant, and when there will be food again." 

These are harsh times in Darfur, where inflation means families cannot afford to buy food, and the risk of attack makes it very dangerous to go out and forage.  Children all over Darfur are going to bed hungry.  They are malnourished and weak.  Some have already starved.  Parents need urgent help to save their little ones.  

Kids for Kids is helping.   When the rains do come, we will see only a few precious minutes of rain, and it will sink into the sand, but for a few short weeks it is enough for basic crops like millet to grow.  Our farm tools and water harvesting training help villagers to be prepared, and make the most of the opportunity when the rains come.   In the mean time we wait, and with no other protein available it is our little goats and their precious milk that save lives.  With your support we can provide goat loans for milk to feed starving babies and nourish hungry children right away.  We have adopted 8 villages in 2015, and we are going to need 1,992 goats to help the poorest 15% of families with a goat loan.  Will you help us please?  

$62 provides a goat for milk to feed hungry children

$372 provides 6 goats - a goat loan for a family (and they pass on 6 kids to the next family after 2 years)

$45 provides water harvesting training 

$45 provides a set of farm tools so they don't dig by hand 

$75 provides 20 hardy tree seedlings for a new food source close to home 

$45 provides training to care for the animals (we only give goat loans after training)

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

Thank you for your support.  

A Goat Loan means milk - no more hungry nights
A Goat Loan means milk - no more hungry nights
A loan of 6 goats can transform a family
A loan of 6 goats can transform a family's life

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Jun 17, 2015

Goat Loans are saving children from starvation and malnutrition in Darfur, Sudan

An armful of hope! Goats Milk saves lives.
An armful of hope! Goats Milk saves lives.

Goat Loans are saving children from starvation and malnutrition in Darfur, Sudan

You probably know that Kids for Kids all began when Patricia Parker our CEO came across a 9 year old little boy in the desert, walking 7 hours to reach a handpump.  His walk for water was keeping the family's 3 goats alive, and their milk was the only nutrition he and his brothers and sisters had to survive on.  This was the inspiration for Kids for Kids.  

"Conditions in Darfur today are even worse now than they were then"  Says Patricia.  Children are facing starvation and malnutrition, right now, but we know what miracle workers our little goats are.  We simply must find a way to fund more goats for more families.  

Our Goat Loan Microfinance has been called the best microfinance scheme in the world.  We lend 6 goats to a family for immediate milk for starving babies and malnourished children.  We train the family to look after them, and the little flock grows.  What is so fantastic, is that as the flock increases, the goats provide an income for essentials like food, clothes, healthcare and education.  Of course the availability of milk and yoghurt in the village benefits the wider community too. After 2 years the family passes on 6 healthy goats to the next familiy and the miracle continues.  This works so well, that the Wali of North Darfur has even started to fund his own Goat Loan projects!  

We simply must provide as many of these wonderful goats to as many families as we can.  Please do help us, and spread the word.  Why not share this news with a friend today?  

Thank you for your support.  

$45 provides training to take good care of the animals

$62 provides a goat  - their milk is vital to feed hungry babies and malnourished children

$372 provides 6 goats - enough to help a whole family raise themselves out of poverty

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

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Jun 17, 2015

Exciting news from Darfur for mothers who have been begging for kindergartens for their children

Kindergarten Deliveries - this is serious stuff!
Kindergarten Deliveries - this is serious stuff!

Exciting news from Darfur for mothers who have been begging for kindergartens for their children

Not only are the 2 new kindergartens now completed at Abu Degeise and Azagarfa, but despite the village of Um Gaal having been attacked, people have returned and are once again working to complete the walls around their new school.  It took some time to gather all the educational toys, equipment and outdoor activities for these Kindergartens, but the leaders came to our little office in El Fasher last week to collect everything.

"I found it particularly touching to think of the new uniforms in the colours of Kids for Kids – blue for the sky and yellow for the sand – and thinking of children having something new to wear for the first time in their lives."  Said Patricia Parker our CEO.  "When visiting Darfur I have never seen a child in new clothes".  Everything in Darfur is a hand-me-down until it looses its colour and becomes threadbare. 

The only news coming out of Darfur at the moment has been about the surge in violence this year.  To be able to tell you of the success story of our kindergartens means a great deal.  Can you believe it, in our first kindergarten - which thanks to you we opened in October 2013 - the first school leavers are ready to move on to big school!  Just like elsewhere in the world, there will be a speech day and children will sing their hearts out. 

Thank you everybody for making this possible.  We simply have to build more kindergartens to give these forgotten children a chance. (Don’t forget you could even adopt a whole school and have it named after you!)

$35 buys 20 bricks to build the next kindergarten

$50 will provide 20 story books

$150 pays for education for one child for one year

$1,600 will provide 2 blackboards for the classroom and educational toys & games

$42,000 provides an entire kindergarten - would your family, business, school or club like to sponsor one?

Thank you for your support.  

These little ones will be going up to big school!
These little ones will be going up to big school!

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