The most important news since the last report is that Kids for Kids has extended its activities to a further 5 villages - Um Layouna, Amar Jaded, Hilat Kabir, Elfaki Ali and Siwailinga. These villages have a total population of 9,455 people in 1,661 households. This means that some 5,000 additional children will benefit from the services which help to improve their health. Our Project staff have begun the preliminary visits to the villages to explain the overriding philosophy of Kids for Kids of self-help and focus on ensuring that the needs of the poorest families are met first and contents of the programme. In some villages the follow-up meetings have already taken place at which the communities confirm their commitment to the principles and begin to select the community members who will be responsible for providing leadership for the various project activities. This includes the selection of volunteers to be trained as first aid workers. These people play a crucial role in improving children's health as they provide education to mothers on nutrition and general child care and the management of such illnesses as diarrhea which can take their toll on young lives. Our Project staff are in the process of arranging a new training course for the first aid workers and the volunteers from the new villages will be able to participate in this training course.
Once the management committees are fully established and working well in the villages, plans will be made for providing blankets and mosquito nets to the poorest families. These again will have a significant impact on children's health. The mosquito nets significantly reduce the incidence of malaria whilst the availability of blankets means that it is no longer necessary to keep the fire alight at night to provide warmth for the children which meant that children were suffering from smoke inhalation. Ensuring that the children are warm also significantly reduces the incidence of respiratory infections and this increases school attendance. So children benefit hugely all round. And all this is only possible because of the generous donations from our loyal supporters. You really do make a difference to the lives and life opportunities of these children - thank you so much.
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