Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur

by Kids for Kids
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur
Hakima and her children
Hakima and her children

For our new villages, adopted in 2022, this is an incredibly exciting time of year!

This is when the Goat Beneficiaries - the poorest families who will receive 5 Nanny Goats each - are chosen.

These families are democratically chosen by the Village Steering Committee - which has also been democratically appointed by the villagers.

When Patricia Parker OBE set up Kids for Kids, she asked "but won't other families be jealous if they are not also receiving 5 Nanny Goats?"

"No," came the answer - "those families will be happy that they now don't need to support the poorer families by sharing their own meagre rations."

In Hillat Um Gadeer, one of the 5 villages adopted by Kids for Kids in 2022, 28 famiiles have been chosen to receive 5 Nanny Goats each. There will also be a Billy Goat for every three families in each village to be shared between the families who also take turns to look after him. 

After two years, our sustainable Goat Loan ensures that, once the little flocks have grown, 5 Nanny Goats will be passed on from each of these families to another family to benefit. So in two years, another 28 families will benefit, and then after another 2 years, another 28 families, and another 28 and so on.  Each family passing on goats then owns the remaining flock - which provides an income for the mothers.   "When crops fail" says Patricia "owning a flock of goats is quite literally a life saver.   The income from the sale of male goats and the milk and yogurt - and some have enough to make cheese too - is often the first time a mother can make decisions for her own family."

Hakima's family is one of the lucky Goat beneficiaries in Hillat Um Gadeer.

Hakima is 35 years old and is married with 6 chidren - 5 boys and a girl.

Her husband, Ibrahim, is a farmer.

During the rainy season, Hakima and her families crops failed totally. They now have no millet and no sorghum stock.

Hakima's only ambition is to find food for her children each day. It's the only thing that keeps her going.

"This year has been very difficult," Hakima says. "It's like war days. My youngest child is so malnourished I have to walk to Kerkara village health unit - which is a long way away across the sand - to get emergency plummy nuts for her."

But our Goat Loan will change Hakima's life and give her and her family hope.

The Goats will provide nutritious milk and desperately-needed vitamins and protein to strengthen their young bones, teeth and even brain cells.

Hakima will have the option to sell any excess Goat's milk and yoghurt to earn herself a living.

For the first time, Hakima will be able to look to the future, rather than just living day-to-day.

Hakima will be able to make decisions for herself and her family, be able to save for the future, plan an education for her chidren, a life out of poverty.

WE REALLY ARE CHANGING LIVES, ONE GOAT AT A TIME.

But we now need to buy the goats for all of these families.

Could you help us by donating a Goat - or five for a whole family? 

We are so grateful for your support, we really can't do it without you - and just think of the smiles those Goats will bring!

Hakima's basic straw hut
Hakima's basic straw hut
Goats will save their lives
Goats will save their lives
Child shepherds will help look after Goats too
Child shepherds will help look after Goats too
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Child with bleached hair due to malnutrition
Child with bleached hair due to malnutrition

Child starvation is a real threat today in remote villages in Darfur.

Our hearts go out to the Ukraine at this terrible time but, in Sudan, life is also a real struggle, the country is on its knees.

Food prices are soaring due to renewed conflict, failed harvests and economic crisis.  

A small loaf of bread is more than a month's income. Families are living off one scant meal a day. Children will die without help.

But the villages are out of sight, the children forgotten.

Very little is publicized about their desperate situation.  

But we can help, we can make a lasting difference. Goat's milk transforms children's health & chickens provide eggs for the frail elderly.

We are so grateful to all your donations to help us save lives - but there is still so much more to be done.

Kids for Kids provide Goat Loans to families in Darfur - 5 Nanny Goats are lent to the poorest families in villages we adopt so that protein-rich milk can be fed to children to stave off malnutrition.

After 2 years, 5 Nanny Goats are passed on to another poor family to benefit, and so the sustainable cycle continues.

Goats are too much for an older person to manage, so we provide chickens - easy to look after and their eggs are nutritious.

This is the best microfinance scheme in the World.

Short term, you will be saving children from immediate malnutrition. Long term, excess goat's milk is sold to pay for children to go to school - the way out of poverty. Women are empowered with their own income for the first time.  Grandparents are stronger and healthier, and contribute to their communities, passing on skills, wisdom and knowledge. The entire community will benefit and families can plan for the future.

Please can you donate a Goat today to help us save children from starvation and give families hope for the future?

Goats milk saves children from starvation
Goats milk saves children from starvation
Whole families can benefit
Whole families can benefit
Healthy children have a future
Healthy children have a future
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Darfur, in the west of Sudan, is one of the most isolated regions of the world.  There are few reasons to visit, and virtually no infrastructure outside the regional capital,  El Fasher. Even people in Khartoum have no understanding of the struggle to survive which every family in the remote villages faces every single day.   The only transport a family can hope for is a little donkey - without that, you walk.  Few villages have accessible water and it can be miles away across the desert.   A donkey is a life line, but people's incomes have collapsed.   Inflation is out of control and if your donkey dies there is no hope of replacing him.

Please help us to provide a donkey for the poorest families in the five villages we are adopting this year.   The importance of a donkey in indescribable - not just for collecting water, but for going to market, pulling a cart, carrying the sick to hospital, ploughing the fields, and much more.  If we can provide a female donkey a family can breed from her.

The goats we lend to families for two years give desperately needed milk - the only source of protein for countless children. If you could help provide a donkey and a nanny goat you will be helping to transform a family's life.    Incomes are now as low as less than $20 a year - the gift of a donkey and a goat is beyond a mother's dream.   No other organisation is helping these families who are out of sight.  What Kids for Kids is doing with your help is hugely important.  We are determined to turn life around for five new villages in 2022 - yes there are many more - but every child we help, means real hope for the future. 

Thank you.

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MAAGLA to receive goats at last.  Helping the poorest of the poor not just to survive, but to have a better future.

Maagla is a large village for North Darfur, Sudan, with a population of 2,280. It was adopted by Kids for Kids this year and, as in all our villages, the community as a whole democratically selects the poorest families to benefit first from our projects.  Key is the goat loan - Hawa age 35, was one of the first to be chosen and to receive five nanny goats. She is divorced, with 10 children, two of them under 5 years old. Her elderly mother lives with her in their straw hut. Her eldest son has had to leave school in order to search for work to help the family. For months now they have survived on one meagre meal a day. There is just one single bed made of wood and rope and virtually nothing else - just two cooking pots and three dishes.  Hawa has no farmland of her own - so the family cannot grow their own crops.  She owns no animals.  Without help, the family could not survive.   Other villagers do their best to help, but they too have very little and have virtually nothing to spare. 

The difference goats can make to Hawa's life is huge. The Kids for Kids' goat loan is providing five nanny goats to Hawa, and a local donkey.   As soon as the goats give birth there will be milk for the children.   As the flock grows Hawa will be able to slowly build up an income.  Due to the lack of seed, her children may starve, the goat's milk provides vital nutrients to children in desperate need. Hawa will be able to earn a living by selling excess milk, this income can be used to send her children to school. The donkey Kids for Kids provides will help to lighten the burden of water collection and enable her to collect firewood which she can also sell.    If a donkey dies there is no chance of a family affording to replace it so to be given a donkey is life changing.   Donkeys are the only means of transport.  If you don't have a donkey, the only alternative is to walk, often many miles across the desert for every drop of water - imagine the effect a donkey would have on Hawa. Kids for Kids also provides two blankets for the children, and two large mosquito nets.  Malaria is still the biggest killer in Sudan.  We also provide farm tools so that Hawa can get work on neighbours farms until she can get land of her own, and jerry cans.   Where necessary we will provide emergency food and basic cooking utensils.

Without this help Hawa's life, and that of all her children, would be precarious indeed.   Your help is enabling Kids for Kids to turn her life around.   Hawa will be helped to care for her animals, our paravets will provide veterinary care whenever necessary and our first aid workers will provide basic health care.   These are small initiatives but, combined, they lift families like Hawa's out of abject poverty and give a chance of a better future.  

Reports like this from Darfur highlight the desperate need for goats and donkeys - with the help of our supporters, Kids for Kids can continue to provide sustainable aid to women like Hawa and her family. Goats and Donkeys change lives. 

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May is the start of the ‘hungry months’ in Darfur. With the heat of summer, all surface water has dried, and villages are devoid of all plants, grass and other greenery.

The families are scraping by on what food they have whilst they wait for the rains to come in July – only then can they think about planting their seeds, if they haven't had to eat them already. Then they have to wait for the harvest.

Families rely now more than ever on their goats for their children. Goats have evolved to survive in the arid climate – finding enough food to eat amongst the sand. Their milk is crucial for the health of the children. 

We need to provide goats to more families to help see them through these hardest of months before new hope arrives with the rains.

Can you donate a goat to a family in need?

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