Oct 18, 2019

Goats at Long Last - and already Changing Lives!

New Goats Provide Hope for Women in Darfur!
New Goats Provide Hope for Women in Darfur!

When we begin training in our villages, it is still months before we bring goats and donkeys in. We must make sure all our projects are sustainable and so all our village members, and especially our first and second generation beneficiaries, are ready and know how to care properly for the animals. Darfur is such a harsh environment, veterinary care is essential if they are to survive, yet there is none in any village.  It is also important that the Animal Loan Committee is in place and trained not just in animal welfare but in book keeping and accountability - that ensures sustainability. Last year's financial crisis in Sudan meant that it was almost impossible to get much money out of the banks each day, and so it became difficult to buy goats for the villages we adopted in 2018. When we were finally able to purchase goats there were very few to buy and prices were extortionate. For this reason, some of our beneficiaries are just receiving goats now - unavoidable however hard we worked.   But now there is good news!

I want to share with you some photos of new goats in the village of Matawy!  Nawal is 35 years old with seven young girls.  She received five goats last month, the share of a billy goat, two mosquito nets, two blankets and a donkey. Four of her goats are now pregnant - can you imagine?!  Nawal's daughters are already benefitting from the goats milk, so four more kid goats will certainly help enable her to earn an income and provide support to her family. Nawal is at last thinking about the future, making plans, and hoping she will be able to send all her daughters to school. Just think what these girls will be able to achieve if they all receive an education!

But we need your help, and specifically with mosquito nets this month.  With Malaria on the rise in Sudan (Doctors say the number of cases in North Darfur has climbed to over 12,000 people in less than a month) we are desperately trying to raise as much as we can for mosquito nets. We believe in prevention and mosquito nets help prevent children contracting not just malaria, but dengue fever and even yellow fever.   Mothers cannot think of the future if they cannot keep their children safe from such deadly diseases right now. Will you donate two nets today?  It is just £18/$23 for two nets to keep families safe at night.

Also, with the Holiday Season coming up, you could give nets as a gift to a loved one!  Give a goat, donkey, trees, mosquito nets and more by donating to any of our  in the name of your loved ones. Then print off a GlobalGiving Gift Certificate or email us for a more personalised version at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk.  We would love to help families on your behalf this Winter!

Nawal and two of her seven little girls
Nawal and two of her seven little girls
New Kids for Kids Goats Arriving!
New Kids for Kids Goats Arriving!

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Oct 18, 2019

Haya: One Midwife Transforms her Village

Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village
Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village

30-year-old Haya is making a huge difference in her village of Aefin. After graduating from the midwife training program in Khartoum in December, Haya returned to Aefin Village fully qualified and equipped with her midwifery kit, mobile phone, and cross breed donkey - and began saving lives. In fact, in just her third week of work, Haya handled the birth of a little one to a mother in her village! The baby and mother were both safe thanks to Haya - she is a natural.  Haya spends her work seeing many patients, both women young and old, friends and neighbors included, and advises them about their pregnancy's, helps them through childbirth, and provides post-natal care teaching new mothers how to feed their babies. 

More recently, Haya has been attending and leading village meetings where she teaches women about what they should and should not do during pregnancy. There are so many things that pose potential risks to pregnant women that those in rural Darfur villages do not know about. For instance, many women are not aware that they should not be carrying heavy jerrycans of water to and from handpumps! And of course, they should not do nearly as much work as they would when not pregnant - especially not late in their pregnancy. But Haya is on the case! 

Not only does Haya see patients in her own home in Aefin village, she also visits women in the nearby Azagarfa Village Health Unit once a week. Her trusty Donkey has made it possible for her to travel the distance to Azagarfa, enabling her to see even more patients who require her expertise. Don't worry - thanks to her mobile phone, the village leader in Aefin can always call her if she is needed in an emergency!

Haya knows best, and she has requested a revolving medicine fund and a health unit in Aefin Village. Will you support our Midwifery and Healthcare projects so we can make this possible?   Haya's village has earned the right to a Health Unit because of the wonderful work both she and the volunteers in the village have been doing to ensure that all the projects we have introduced to Aefin are sustainable, helping more and more families - including our goat loans!    Please help us to fund Haya's Health Unit.  

Holiday Gift Idea!

As the Holiday Season is coming up we want to share with you a fantastic gift idea! Donate to any Kids for Kids Project on behalf of a loved one. Your donation buys a goat, donkey, mosquito net, or even trains a midwife in Darfur.  You can print a gift certificate right from the Global Giving website.  Or contact us directly for an extra sparkly, handmade gift certificate at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk 

All women and children deserve proper care
All women and children deserve proper care
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached

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Oct 3, 2019

Naima's 22 Goats

Naima - 23 Years Old with Three Children
Naima - 23 Years Old with Three Children

At 21 years old, Naima was selected to be a Kids for Kids Beneficiary, bcause she was one of the poorest in her village. Naima and her husband have three children to support and were in desperate need of help. Naima received five goats from the Animal Loan Committee, a donkey, mosquito nets, blankets and more.  With these possessions, which she could not have dreamt of owning before, she is able to help take control of her family’s future. The first year Naima had six kid goats born, and last year she had a further 11! Today, after two years of hard work, 23-year-old Naima has the biggest flock in Aefin Village - 22 Goats!

Naima has benefitted hugely from her goats, gaining milk for her children, making yoghurt to sell at the market, and distributing milk to help even her neighbours in need. Everyone needs a helping hand.  After improving her own family's situation, it only felt right to do what she can for her neighbors also in need. What's more is that Naima has used her donkey to help plough her farm, where she is cultivating Mellit and Watermelon. After the last rainy season there was a very good harvest and alongside selling surplus milk at market, Naima has vastly improved her family's income.

We are so glad that our goats have helped Naima so much. And we are thrilled that the rotation of goats took place in Aefin village last month and six of Naima's younger goats have gone on to benefit another family in the village!

Good news like this is so welcome at a time when times are so difficult in Sudan. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said in early September that some 6.3 million people - or 14 percent of the Sudan's population - are experiencing crisis or worse levels of food insecurity, the highest on record since the introduction of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification in Sudan in 2007. Basic essentials like bread are currently unaffordable, and so many young ones are going without food. 

The more people you can tell about our life changing work in Darfur, the more donations we might get, and therefore the more children we can help to have a better future. Thank you for supporting our work.

Kid Goats Save Lives!
Kid Goats Save Lives!
Donkeys are a Huge Asset in Darfur
Donkeys are a Huge Asset in Darfur
 
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