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

 

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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Girl fetching water with her donkey
Girl fetching water with her donkey

Kids for Kids turns 20 on the 8th March, and we are so humbled by the number of goats and donkeys that you helped to provide, that have been supporting thousands of families across the years. Not just from the initial goat loan but from the subsequent rotations after two years, in which 5 goats from the original flock are given to another family in need.

However, the need for goats and donkeys is greater than ever in Darfur. In the grip of an economic crisis, inflation is still increasing in Sudan - at last count, it was over 250%.  As many families are surviving on just a single meal a day malnutrition and starvation are a very real threat. 

By providing 5 nanny goats to a family a mother is able to feed her children the milk, turning their health around. Mothers are able to earn a living by selling excess milk, this income can be used to send her children to school. A donkey given to a family helps to lighten the burden of water collection which usually falls to women and children - allowing a child time to gain an education. If a donkey dies there is no chance of a family affording to replace it.   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.

The difference these animals can make in someone's life is extraordinary!

Because conditions in Darfur were rapidly deteriorating, in 2020 we made the decision to adopt eight, instead of five, communities. We were only able to do this because of the generosity of supporters like you. Because of you, last year 270 families received a donkey to help carry water, take children to school, allow mothers and fathers to provide for their children.

These same families were given 1,375 nanny goats to give hungry children nutritious milk and 90 billy goats to help grow the flocks and livelihoods.

We are so very grateful for your help during these trying times, but whilst we should be celebrating good news like this, it is also a reminder that there are so many more families who deserve the same opportunity to determine their own future.

For the people of Darfur, a goat can mean the difference between life or death, a goat can be a beacon of hope and the possibility of a brighter future.

Every parent should be able to sleep at night knowing her children are well-fed and healthy - will you help us provide more goats and donkeys to more families in need?

Mother with her flock of goats
Mother with her flock of goats
Mother and baby.
Mother and baby.
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A smiling happy boy prepares for his new goats!
A smiling happy boy prepares for his new goats!

Donkeys are a vital lifeline to the people of Darfur at the best of times. The harsh environmental conditions people and families have to live with every day make life a struggle. The relentless heat of the sun, droughts in some areas, flooding in others. This is why we provide goats and donkeys to families. They provide necessary sustenance to hungry children in the form of goats milk, donkeys helping with everyday tasks such as collecting water or firewood. These animals help to lighten the load.

However, times have never been harder for the people of Darfur. Sudan has declared an economic emergency as inflation soars, reaching a staggering 167% in August and is still rising. The price of basic staples has gone through the roof. Everyone in Sudan is struggling but when disasters like this happen, it is often the most in need that are the ones hit the hardest.

In the midst of the disaster Kids for Kids has some happy news. Two of the recently adopted villages in Darfur, Abu Sinait, and Um Ajaja have just received their lifelines, new goats for the most in need! Smiling faces of the mothers and excitement of the children expresses their delight and what must be relief! This is what we accomplished with your help. So on behalf of the people who have already received their goats and donkeys, we thank you.

However, we must provide more goats to feed more starving children, we must provide more donkeys to share the hard work. Families have never been more in need. There are thousands more still waiting for help. We can not turn our backs on the people of Darfur - Kids for Kids is there for these people in the darkest of times - will you?

For $70 you can provide a single goat to a family or provide a little donkey that will help a family collect water for $95 but any amount no matter how small will go to the greatest need for the people of Darfur.

The goats have arrived at their new home!
The goats have arrived at their new home!
A family who will benefit from a goat loan.
A family who will benefit from a goat loan.
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Goats bringing smiles to beneficiary's faces!
Goats bringing smiles to beneficiary's faces!

Cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Darfur now, in towns very close to our villages. In Sudan, the official report is that as of 19 June 2020, there were 8,698 people confirmed to have COVID-19 in Sudan, including 533 fatalities, according to The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). However, the real figure is far higher – there is no testing and therefore few cases are officially confirmed.  The truth will never be known, but the dangers are.

Providing goats right now will mean milk for children who are weak and malnourished – milk that will help to strengthen their immune systems, helping to fight the virus. And our goats do so much more than just improve children's health – goats improve the lives of families long-term. In 2015 we adopted Um Keddada village, and Fatinya was one of the poorest women in the village, with two young children. She received five goats and the share of a billy goat with two other families from the Animal Loan Committee - along with a donkey, two blankets, and two mosquito nets. In 2017 when the Goat Rotation took place, Fatinya had 24 goats and passed five of these along to another family in the village. Today she has 27 goats in total – goats who have enabled her to feed her children and keep them healthy, as well as sell surplus milk at market, and make yoghurt and ghee to sell too! The ability to earn an income is incomparable – especially now as inflation is soaring as COVID-19 ravages the country. 

If you are not yet aware of the Urgent COVID-19 Appeal for Soap we have launched as a GlobalGiving Microproject, please check it out. This appeal is the only hope people can have to prevent the virus from spreading. Just $25/£20 provides five bars of soap each to 10 families, along with an illustrated instruction leaflet teaching people how to properly wash hands (so important when water is scarce). £380 is enough to provide soap to a whole village. The way of life in Darfur means social distancing and isolation are impossible. People live in small huts, crowded, in dire conditions of poverty. Children are malnourished with weak immune systems so will be unable to fight the virus. Soap is the only hope of saving lives.

Please donate if you are able and share the link with anyone you can think of!  And do continue to donate goats as their milk is hugely important in maintaining people's health.

Thank you all so much.  Your help is the key to our successful projects, as we do not spend money on advertising, and because, as you can imagine, our donations have dropped significantly since February.  Anything you can do to help us will save lives.

Fatinya on her land with her goats
Fatinya on her land with her goats
Kids for Kids' Goats!
Kids for Kids' Goats!

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