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by Kids for Kids
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies
Save Mothers and Babies

You will be pleased to hear that 2020 has started well for Kids for Kids, as for the first time in a long while, Founder and CEO Patricia Parker MBE can again go to Darfur after the previous Government would not issue visas. A trip is being arranged for February.  It is going to be an important trip to see everything first hand and report back to you as we have already started work in our eight newly adopted villages, delivering all our integrated projects. 

Along with this exciting news we are also thrilled to have started construction on five new Kindergartens and three new Health Units. You may know that these are secondary projects, available to villages after they successfully run our key basic essentials projects for a number of years. Kindergartens are to be built in the villages of Lawabid, Majdoub (A), Kindro, Hillat Kharif, and Kulkul. Health Units will be in Dor Fazy, Mireikhis, and Kamala Kira. 

Having said all this, we are still extremely worried about conditions in Darfur. There is no magic wand to provide the infrastructure that is desperately needed, and soaring inflation and lack of vital essentials has led to more hardship. However, you will be happy to hear that we are getting ready to train new midwives in conjunction with the Ministry of Health from our eight villages adopted in 2019.  Volunteers are to be selected soon and the 14-month training program to follow will provide these brave and determined women with the knowledge and skills to make a measurable and impactful forever difference to the families in their villages. In fact, in October 2019 alone, our already trained and working midwives in 21 of our villages delivered 154 healthy babies. This simple fact shows just how essential our work is - what would have happened to these babies and their mothers without the midwives you have helped us to train? 

When everything is a priority, it is a real challenge to do the best thing possible for people in such need.   With your help over the coming year we can ensure that our sustainable projects that have proven immensely success over the almost 19 years of Kids for Kids, can keep on helping more families in more villages in 2020. The best thing you can do to support Kids for Kids this year?  Become a monthly donor! Thank you.

With all our best for the year ahead,

The Kids for Kids Team

Hawa, Midwife in Um Keddada Village
Hawa, Midwife in Um Keddada Village
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Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village
Haya, Village Midwife, Aefin Village

30-year-old Haya is making a huge difference in her village of Aefin. After graduating from the midwife training program in Khartoum in December, Haya returned to Aefin Village fully qualified and equipped with her midwifery kit, mobile phone, and cross breed donkey - and began saving lives. In fact, in just her third week of work, Haya handled the birth of a little one to a mother in her village! The baby and mother were both safe thanks to Haya - she is a natural.  Haya spends her work seeing many patients, both women young and old, friends and neighbors included, and advises them about their pregnancy's, helps them through childbirth, and provides post-natal care teaching new mothers how to feed their babies. 

More recently, Haya has been attending and leading village meetings where she teaches women about what they should and should not do during pregnancy. There are so many things that pose potential risks to pregnant women that those in rural Darfur villages do not know about. For instance, many women are not aware that they should not be carrying heavy jerrycans of water to and from handpumps! And of course, they should not do nearly as much work as they would when not pregnant - especially not late in their pregnancy. But Haya is on the case! 

Not only does Haya see patients in her own home in Aefin village, she also visits women in the nearby Azagarfa Village Health Unit once a week. Her trusty Donkey has made it possible for her to travel the distance to Azagarfa, enabling her to see even more patients who require her expertise. Don't worry - thanks to her mobile phone, the village leader in Aefin can always call her if she is needed in an emergency!

Haya knows best, and she has requested a revolving medicine fund and a health unit in Aefin Village. Will you support our Midwifery and Healthcare projects so we can make this possible?   Haya's village has earned the right to a Health Unit because of the wonderful work both she and the volunteers in the village have been doing to ensure that all the projects we have introduced to Aefin are sustainable, helping more and more families - including our goat loans!    Please help us to fund Haya's Health Unit.  

Holiday Gift Idea!

As the Holiday Season is coming up we want to share with you a fantastic gift idea! Donate to any Kids for Kids Project on behalf of a loved one. Your donation buys a goat, donkey, mosquito net, or even trains a midwife in Darfur.  You can print a gift certificate right from the Global Giving website.  Or contact us directly for an extra sparkly, handmade gift certificate at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk 

All women and children deserve proper care
All women and children deserve proper care
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached
A simple Donkey means more women can be reached

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Patricia Parker MBE, our Founder and CEO, has just received a proposal from our team in Darfur for the training of 30 new midwives!  This proposal comes at a time of great uncertainty in Sudan, not just in the capital, but across the entire country. Now as things are beginning to settle and move forward again we too are looking to the future.

We have committed to adopting eight villages in Darfur, but because of the uncertainty in Sudan, we had not been able to start training the new communities in our projects until now. Luckily we have received continuous news from Darfur thanks to our Programme Manager, Salim, and our Project Leader, Hassan, and this means despite everything, we are able to continue our work. Their dedication has kept us able to function and continue working even with the lack of internet.  One can do amazing things by text!  We never give up. 

As settlement looks likely now at the Federal level we can begin training in all our projects, and some of the thirty new midwives will be in these eight new villages. We are seeking funds to train 30 new women as midwives.    Not only will they themselves save many lives and give a healthy start to little new borns but becoming a midwife improves the lives of women by teaching them a profession, giving them an independent livelihood - and one that will help hundreds of women who currently have absolutely no access to pre and post-natal care.

Please make a donation and share this project with anyone who might help. We would love to fund our 30 new trainees as soon as possible. Thank you so much for all you continue to do to make our work possible. You are saving and changing lives with every donation you make.   So far we have sufficient to pay the first half of the training - please can you help us to ensure they complete it and are able to return to their villages with essential skills which will save lives.

Midwives save lives - please help us train more.
Midwives save lives - please help us train more.
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All women and children deserve healthcare
All women and children deserve healthcare

This year we are pleased to announce our adoption of eight new villages in Darfur: Bargo, Derma, Abu Sinait A nnd Abu Sinait B, Um Isheira, Um Ajaja, Um Shijir, and Turra. Currently, in all eight villages combined, there are 3,347 women living without access to basic everyday healthcare, let alone healthcare for them whilst pregnant, and for their children once born.   Virtually none of the mothers can read or write.  

We are going to train two women as midwives from each of these eight new villages. That is 16 midwives.  Please can you help?

Take a moment to consider what your life - your mother, your wife, your sister's lives - would have been like whilst they were pregnant for nine months with no help at all. Imagine not being able to go for a check-up, to make sure your child was healthy, and so were you. And imagine if when the child was born, there was no one there to help - no equipment and no one who knew anything about delivering a baby safely. 

Mothers in Darfur are giving birth in circumstances even more unimaginable every day, to children who honestly may not survive. But it doesn't have to be this way. $3,050 trains one woman as a midwife in Darfur, provides her with a medical kit, and a wealth of knowledge to help her sisters, neighbours, and friends deliver their babies safely. Every small donation builds up to another midwife that can be trained, and hundreds of lives saved. Please consider making a monthly donation of even $10/£10  towards this project.   If we all do this, we will raise enough for a midwife in no time.

Thank you all for your consistent support. Please share this project with those you know who might want to help save lives with trained midwives. Every penny counts, and every new supporter is an absolute blessing for families in Darfur.

Your support will save lives!
Your support will save lives!
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Munira Graduates Second in her Class!
Munira Graduates Second in her Class!

We are completely blown away by the exam results of our new Kids for Kids midwives! As you remember in our last project report we explained how exams had just begun for the midwives studying in Khartoum. Well now they are all officially qualified and have returned to their villages in Darfur to start saving lives.

These fantastic women scored some of the best results of their whole graduating class.  Kids for Kids midwife, Munira from Fardal village scored the second highest result of the whole class! Tyba from Um Judoul scored the third highest result, and Salma from Geleidat Villages scored the 4th highest results. Kids for Kids midwives also held the 5th, 7th and 8th places! What a huge representation that just goes to show how intelligent our volunteer midwives are, how willing and able to learn, study hard, and achieve great things.   It is especially impressive to think that most girls do not finish their education, and school in Darfur is as basic as it could be.    Many have no chairs or desks or teaching aids - just a blackboard for the teacher.

Our Project Leader, Hassan, had a chance to speak to Munira at the celebration we through for midwives in El Fasher who had just graduated on December 10th.  Munira said "I was very afraid when I first went to Khartoum where we were all taught at the Midwife Training School there.   It is so different from our village, and so far away. We had to fly there!"    Up until that journey Munira and her friends had only ever travelled on a donkey.   There are few roads in Darfur.

The most amazing thing is that these women wil return to Darfur where they will help deliver the babies of their neighbours and friends, thereby ensuring their loved ones are kept safe in their homes where there is so little access to health care for pregnant women.

Munira Receiving her Certificate and Midwifery Kit
Munira Receiving her Certificate and Midwifery Kit
New Midwives Singing at December's Graduation!
New Midwives Singing at December's Graduation!
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Location: Dorking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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