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.
Jan 29, 2016

It's 2016 and Children in Darfur are starving

Darfur children are suffering serious malnutrition
Darfur children are suffering serious malnutrition

It’s 2016 and children in Darfur are starving

It is hard to comprehend that in these enlightened times of a globally connected society there are still children dying because they do not have enough to eat.  Kids for Kids has been helping children in Darfur since 2001 and in all that time we have never seen quite such deprivation as they are facing now.  This is an urgent plea for help. 

The knock-on effects of terrible violence, huge inflation, prolonged drought and a succession of meagre harvests mean that in some villages the latest crop is only 30% of what families know they will need to survive until the next harvest.  Last year as you know, although disappointing the  harvest was closer to half of what was needed.  You can see that families are facing the prospect of not being able to feed children already malnourished and weak due to the hardships of last year. This makes them even more vulnerable to diseases such as measles or chest infections, which would normally be curable.  UNICEF reported in November 2015 that 38% of children were malnourished in Sudan.  We know that it is the children in remote villages, who are hit the hardest, because they are out of reach of help.  Despite the UN's urgent appeal for help, no major programme of aid has yet launched.  Imagine yourself in these parents' place - hungry, thirsty, nothing to eat, nothing to buy, no help from the UN, .... how will they save their precious children?  Quite simply, they can’t. 

Kids for Kids has been helping children like these since 2001.  Thanks to your donations, Kids for Kids's Goat Loans work miracles, because rather than handing out food for one day at a time, these little creatures provide nutritious milk, and - in time once the flock has grown - the opportunity to earn an income for the family.  Mothers prioritise food, healthcare, education, so the family has real hope for a better future.  And remember, after 2 years the family that received their 6 goats passes on 6 little goats to another family, and the miracle starts all over again. 

To give families (and our goats) the best possible chance, Kids for Kids does not stop at Goat Loans.  In every village we adopt, we deliver a whole package of changes which we have developed in partnership with village leaders.  This ranges from blankets, mosquito nets and food trays to keep food clean and weak children healthy, to longer term projects which create a sustainable food supply.  Our tree planting, farm tools and seed grain, donkey ploughs, water projects and training are all designed to help entire villages become self-sufficient.  Joanna Lumley, star of ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and  Patron of Kids for Kids, said “a healthy animal means a healthy child” and of course we provide veterinary care by training paravets, providing veterinary drugs and teaching beneficiaries how to look after their animals. 

As one little shepherd told us “We were all so hungry.  My baby sister was very weak, and I was afraid for her.  Now that we have goat’s milk she is full of life again.  I always check our goats every day to make sure they stay healthy and keep giving us milk”. This is real, meaningful change, and it saves lives.   

With your help we can stop starvation in its tracks, one family at a time.  Please be part of this miracle today, before it's too late.   

$62 provides a goat for nutritious milk

$372 provides 6 goats - an entire Goat Loan for a family in Darfur

$95 provides a donkey to carry water and firewood

$45 provides a set of farm tools so they won't have to dig by hand to grow the next crop

$600 provides a paravet - there is no other animal care - we need 2 in every village

$25 provides veterinary drugs and worming treatments

$45 provides training for beneficiaries to teach them how to care for their precious animals

$75 provides 20 tree seedlings, another food source for the future

Thank you for your support

PS - Please will you also share this report with family, friends, colleagues, clubs, schools - anyone who might support us?  Kids for Kids has no advertising budget, because we keep costs to a minimum and spend the maximum in Darfur.  We need to alert the world to this crisis before it is too late.  If you would like leaflets to distribute please contact us contact@kidsforkids.org.uk Thank you.  

Goat Loans save lives in Darfur
Goat Loans save lives in Darfur

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Jan 28, 2016

Chickens for Darfur are preventing starvation

Chickens are a lifesaver for the frail and elderly
Chickens are a lifesaver for the frail and elderly

“When I saw the struggle elderly people in Darfur have just to survive I knew I had to do something, however little, to make their lives better” said Patricia Parker MBE Founder of Kids for Kids.    “With your help we have provided chickens to frail elderly people in six of our villages.    It may not sound much, but in Darfur, to have a source of protein right on your doorstep is a life saver”.

Thank you to all of you who supported this important project, providing chickens to grandparents in Darfur.  This has been a real and tangible success in helping those who are too frail and elderly to be able to benefit from a Goat Loan from Kids for Kids. Goats are taken some way away from the village so that they do not damage crops, but long walks are an impossibility for many older people.  Life is really hard in Darfur.  There are no roads and no transport.  There is no one to help if you cannot help yourself.  To have a small flock of chickens has a dramatic effect on the health of older people. Grandparents often look after orphaned grandchildren, so having nutritious eggs for essential protein helps children too.  They are literally a life-saver for the whole family.  

Your support could not be more needed right now.  2016 really is the year when I am going to have to find every means possible to raise as much money as I can.   The last two years have seen the exodus of virtually every aid agency from the region. Meanwhile violence continues to affect families in remote villages and the harvest is known to be only 30% of what was hoped for in many regions – places where children were already malnourished.    You can see Kids for Kids has a lot to do.   

We are closing down the 2015 Chickens Project here on Global Giving but please look out for the next one, which will launch as soon as we have identified the next villages to work with.   The families of Darfur need you more than ever this year.  You can keep supporting our life-saving work on our other Global Giving Projects - please click through and have a look:   https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/children-face-starvation-in-darfur/

Wishing you a happy and peaceful 2016, and thank you for your support.  

Patricia 

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Jan 20, 2016

3 new Kindergartens in 2015 and more to come in 2016!

Children at their Kindergarten in Darfur
Children at their Kindergarten in Darfur

3 new Kindergartens in 2015 and more to come in 2016! 

Happy New Year!  We are proud to tell you that a total of 3 new Kids for Kids Kindergartens opened in North Darfur in 2015.  You have already heard about the Kindergarten in Abu Digeise, which opened in September thanks to our Patron Joanna Lumley.  Now we can share more news about Kindergartens in the villages of  Azargarfa, Abu Nahla and in Um Ga’al, the village where the little 9 year old who whose soul destroying walk for water inspired the foundation of Kids for Kids 15 years ago.   Ibrahim only started school when we installed a handpump close to Um Ga’al.   But starting school so late has meant that it has been a struggle for him to learn – but his determination is a real credit.    We were determined that children should have a better start in life than poor little Ibrahim and the other children in his village.  Three new Kids for Kids Kindergartens opened their doors at the end of the year.  This is a dream come true for mothers in North Darfur.  98% of women are illiterate, so to give hope to their children through education is life-changing, and will change the future for many generations.  Thank you for being part of this miracle. 

Imagine a childhood with no toys, no play, no mental stimulation – unthinkable to us, but a very real prospect for thousands of children in Darfur who walk for water every day instead of going to school.  Kids for Kids adopts villages in Darfur, and works hand in hand with the villagers to implement essential projects to stop starvation, improve children’s health, and free up time for them to go to school.  Villages who run projects well are invited to apply for a Kindergarten (funds permitting) to provide the best possible schooling for their children.  This way we ensure that our projects benefit as many families as possible.   Mothers have to pay for schooling and although it is a small amount, it is huge when you have nothing to sell.   You need your crops to feed your family.     Our goat loans not only give milk for the children so they don’t go to school hungry, but the little flock mothers build up over two years provides a livelihood – and every mother’s first ambition is to pay for her children to go to school.  

Kids for Kids Kindergartens offer a unique service - nothing else like it exists in Darfur.  There is a huge contrast between the learning materials available here at the Kindergarten and the basic blackboard previously used in the old ‘school’ (a straw hut with a blackboard).  Mental stimulation in the early years is vital for developing life-long learning skillsKids for Kids asks help to provide educational toys which transform the cognitive ability of children.  We of course must also provide desks, chairs and reading & writing materials, but the children’s favourites are musical instruments, bricks and counting toys.  Imaginative play is encouraged through such things as toy doctor’s kitsExercise is also important and it is a joy to see these small children, who have never seen a toy before, playing on slides, swings and roundabouts.   Hula hoops are popular but of course footballs are the favourite with the boys! Thanks to this Kindergarten my children and their whole generation here in the village have a chance to have a better life”  says the village leader of Azargarfa.   “You can see on their faces that they have new hope and great ambitions.  They are determined to study hard and get a good job to support their families.The State Director of Education in Darfur was astounded when he visited the first Kids for Kids’ Kindergarten at Abu Digeise.   He said his own children who go to school in El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, do not have as good equipment as we have been able to provide, thanks to our wonderful friends on Global Giving.

Building resilience in a time of conflict:  You may know that the region has long been a conflict zone, which is why so few charities and aid agencies are able to operate in Darfur.  Our projects are run by local steering committees of volunteers from the villages, and teaching staff are supplied by the Government of Darfur.  Building these relationships and negotiating local ownership has proven to be a successful approach for all our Kids for Kids projects, and Kindergartens are no exception.   This is sustainable change, and with your help we can do much more.  There are 78 Kids for Kids villages so far, but only 4 Kindergartens.   We can only promise a Kindergarten to a community once we have all the funds in place as we are determined never to make promises we cannot fulfill.  Please help us to secure the next Kindergarten by donating today, or why not plan some fundraising in 2016 with your colleagues, family and friends?  

$25 provides uniforms for 2 children 

$35 buys 20 bricks to help build a kindergarten

$75 provides 20 tree seedlings for shade outside the school

$150 pays for education for one child for one year

$245 pays for a strong cross-bred donkey (to pull the school bus!)

Thank you for your support, you are transforming lives in Darfur.     

Learning through play
Learning through play

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