Afaf before her mother received her goat loan
In April we held our twice yearly programme meeting with our team who work on the ground in Darfur. For the first time, we were able to invite our Chairman of the Volunteer Village Leaders to find out how much impact we were having in a still tragic region and to find out what more can be done. We were delighted to be given a really fantastic and positive briefing from the Chairman who gave us incontestable proof that our simple long term help really is changing lives.
In the villages of Darfur, malnutrition continues to be at epidemic proportions. But not in Kids for Kids villages. We were told the amazing story of Azargarfa which was adopted by Kids for Kids in 2004. Our original goat loans have now been passed on every two years and the four rotations that have taken place have not only transformed the lives of the poorest families but have also had a positive impact on the whole community. Our other help such as a handpumps, donkey loans, midwives, paravets, first aid training and the rest have lifted the whole village.
Before Azargarfa was adopted by Kids for Kids in 2004, up to 50 children died from malnutrition died each year. Last year just 2 little ones lost their lives, none of them due to malnutrition. There is no longer any malnutrition in our villages. This is an incredible outcome that shows just how a simple goat loan, along with our other sustainable help can transform the lives of those most at risk.
Finally, please take a look at the attached photographs. The first shows a little girl who has lost all colour from her hair due to the effects of prolonged malnutrition. However, because we were able to lend the family six goats, the little girl and her brothers and sisters now have a cup of milk each day. The second picture, of the same girl, was taken 11 months later - the transformation is clear. Thank you for your help and please share Afaf's picture in the hope that more people will feel compelled to buy a goat to help a child just like her and change her life forever.
A picture of health -the benefits of goats milk