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
Please help Kids for Kids prevent malaria and deadly sickness bugs
As I write this report, we have so far raised 2/3 of our target to help 200 families in Darfur to protect their children. Thank you for your support - together we are saving lives!
The mosquito nets we provide prevent children from being bitten by mosquitos which emerge at night. Malaria is still killing children all over Africa and in Darfur, where medical help is virtually unavailable, more and more children are dying needlessly. We can help. Moreover, the nets that we give families have an extra fine mesh that keeps out the nasty sand flies that spread sickness causing diarrhoea and vomiting - often deadly for children already weak from malnutrition. Children sleep directly on the sand floor of straw huts, at the mercy of insects.
Our blankets are a real life saver too. Nights are cold in Darfur because the temperature drops rapidly after dark. The poorest little ones sleep directly on the sand floor with no bed, and no covering. Many children become ill from chest infections. The weakest die first. This is heartbreaking, as a simple blanket makes such a difference.
By supporting Kids for Kids you have the power to change things for good. We have proof now, in the villages we have adopted over the years, that these small basic changes do save lives. We believe that by preventing problems we save lives. We track the numbers of children over ten and the numbers of children under ten in our villages. It is heartwarming to see the balance slowly being restored as infant mortality reduces. One teacher told Patricia Parker, our Founder, "thanks to Kids for Kids even school attendance here is up, children are not staying away due to sickness."
Thank you for everything you do. A mosquito net and a blanket really do save lives. Please tell your friends about Kids for Kids and our determination to improve children's health here in the villages of Darfur.
$25 buys 2 mosquito nets to protect children from mosquitos that spread malaria
$42 buys a double blanket to keep children warm at night
The Snowball Effect
As the winter weather sets in here in the UK, Darfur is becoming hotter and drier, and your donations of blankets, mosquito nets, goats and donkeys are having an incredible impact out in Darfur.
The five villages we have adopted this year have now received their goats,mosquito nets and blankets. A cup of milk a day for a child in Darfur, a blanket to keep them warm at night, a mosquito net - these simple things keep them safe, stave off off malnutrition and stop them from succombing to chest infections. They are so weak, this literally is the difference between life and death for these little ones.
And the snowball effect? We are hearing wonderful reports from villages we adopted in previous years, bearing witness to the wonderful difference these simple things make. Children here are well enough to go to school, they have the chance to get an education, and some of the children from our earliest projects are even at university now, 9 years since their village was adopted. Your support for Kids for Kids means hope for a better future, and you are transforming lives.
We have a long list of villages who are hoping and praying to be chosen as the next village to be adopted by Kids for Kids. With your generous support we can transform more lives. Thank you for remembering the people of Darfur this Christmas.
With our warmest Christmas wishes to you from the Kids for Kids Team
This year, Kids for Kids has been able to adopt five villages, bringing the total number of villages that receive our package of sustainable help, to 70. We know in our villages there will be no malnutrition. But what about the others? Because malnourished children succumb rapidly to even minor infections, and because so many died from malaria last year, we have provided mosquito nets to children in 13 other villages. But it is not enough. Darfur is huge, the size of France, and we are only able to help a fraction of those who are in such desperate need. We need more help.
Our mosquito nets are vital as the rains have now started. The children are weak through malnutrition and the onslaught of mosquitoes bought about by the rains mean that they easily succumb to infections if bitten. As the winter months draw in, our blankets ensure that families can stay warm at night and prevent chest infections. The cost is just £25 but the protection they offer - priceless.
As we head towards the Festive Season, please consider adding mosquito nets, blankets, donkeys and goats to your Christmas lists so that children in Darfur will have a gift too.
Thank you for your support.
Our news channels have been showing reports of conditions in South Sudan yet the world remains silent on Darfur. The tragedy is that in the absence of virtually all Aid Agencies and their publicity machines, plus the impossibility of any journalist visiting, the news of Darfur is just not getting out. People are reporting famine in South Sudan yet ignored UNICEF’s warning that 80,000 children are already severely malnourished in Darfur. Without medical help, they will die and the chance of a new harvest is not for many months so this is just the beginning. That is why your support of this project means so much.
Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids recently commented, "Years of neglect and violence, the creation of South Sudan, and the devaluation of the Sudanese Pound, have combined to cause soaring inflation and desperate poverty. in Darfur. Families cannot afford to feed their children. Many have one scant meal a day” said Patricia. “The average annual income has dropped well below the cost of living and families are struggling, out of sight, away from the media spotlight." However you are showing that there is a way to help. Our goat loans and simple things like mosquito nets, first aid workers, donkeys, lift families out of poverty and give them a chance.
In 2013, with your help, we provided 1,048 blankets and mosquito nets to families in desperate need. This year, although we could only commit to adopting five villages out of a shortlist of eighteen, we have committed to providing mosquito nets and blankets to all on the shortlist so that they will at least have some protection against the harsh desert conditions.
Thank you for remembering Darfur.
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