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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

For almost 20 years Kids for Kids has been funding the training of midwives in Darfur for remote villages where there is no healthcare whatsoever.  Can you imagine, childbirth with no trained help?  Women for decades have been submitted to FGM – Female Genital Mutilation – which can cause serious life-threatening complications when they give birth. Our midwives have been teaching the dangers of FGM and the practice has been dying out in our 100 villages. Now there is the wonderful news that at last in Sudan the newly formed Council of Ministers – created after the overthrow of Omer Bashir last year  have approved a law that would mean up to three years in prison for anyone carrying out FGM. This must still be approved by the Sovereign Council, but it seems likely to become law. This move by the Government to criminalize the practice is a major step for women’s health, making the jobs of our midwives easier.  It will take time to completely eradicate the practice; as the United Nations say, 87% of women in Sudan today have undergone FGM, with girls usually cut between the ages of five and 14. We are hugely grateful to you all for supporting our midwives and thus enabling us to save thousands of girls from this dangerous practice. 

More Midwives Needed: We are very excited that 30 midwife trainees from villages we adopted in 2018 and 2019 have been selected to be trained by El Fasher Health Academy Staff! The training was due to start in the next two months; however we will keep you updated about this because El Fasher is currently in lockdown as there have been cases of COVID-19 confirmed last week in Darfur. Soon there will be 30 more professionals keeping women and babies safe. Please will you continue to support this life-saving project and help us train these midwives? If we succeed, we hope to raise enough to train a further 40 midwives this year.

Please Note: We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages, as healthcare is so limitepeople will stand little chance against it. Please visit the Kids for Kids website to learn more about what you can do to help us, and please consider supporting our Urgent Appeal for Soap to Combat COVID-19 on GlobalGiving. Just £20/$25 will provide enough soap for ten families enabling people to wash properly and give them a better chance against the virus. Thank you.

Please help us help more women give birth safely
Please help us help more women give birth safely

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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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