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Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth
Save Women and Babies from Dying During Birth

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.
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!
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
New Midwives Singing at December's Graduation!
Midwives preparing for final exams
Midwives preparing for final exams

"I will never forget the fear on the faces of young girls when I first went to Darfur and they told me how babies are born with no medical help in their villages - rope delivery is unimaginable" - Patricia Parker MBE 

Amazing news for you all - our midwives training in El Fasher have just started their final exams and by the end of November will become qualified village midwives! They will graduate by the end of the month. All our fantastic supporters have made it possible for us to train another 37 midwives that will return to their villages in Darfur and provide life-saving services to mothers and babies. Rural villages have no health care and hospital is miles away - there are no roads, so you have to ride on a donkey to get there if there are any birth complications. At best hospitals are basic - many have no anaesthesia - and everything has to be paid for, which is often impossible for a mother living in a village.  Our midwives are trained in pre and post-natal care, and they help women to give birth safely. We are wishing them all luck for their final exams! Please send your positive and well wishing thoughts to our midwives. Just think how many lives they will be saving so soon! 

Things we had not expected as additional bonus for these wonderful volunteers:  women who are midwives have a qualification, a means to earn an income, and a much higher status in their villages. You have helped them to achieve this. You have changed their lives for good and all the women and babies they will be helping. 

With the holiday season right around the corner, this is the perfect time to donate to help us train more midwives to save more lives in Darfur! If only every village in Darfur could have a skilled midwife to help them, what a difference it could make. Can you help us train another midwife this year?  Every donation enables us to do more! In 2019 we will be adopting five new villages and training 10 volunteers as midwives - 2 in each village -  but we need your help!

All donations made through this project can be made on behalf of a loved one. Simply print off one of GlobalGiving's Gift Certificates or get in touch with our US volunteer, Mary Jane, directly at MaryJane-US@KidsforKids.org.uk so we can make you a special personalised certificate (see example below).  If you are in the UK or anywhere else in the world, please reach out to contact@kidsforkids.org.uk for your personalised certificate. 

Please can you help to train more midwives?
Please can you help to train more midwives?

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Pregnancy is a Real Fear in Darfur
Pregnancy is a Real Fear in Darfur

What must it be like to be pregnant during a famine, unable to feed yourself or your unborn baby, fearing for the life your child will be born into where you will not be able to provide adequate milk or food to eat when they are old enough? 

There is little food in Darfur and families survive on what they can grow. Where drought is common, the harvest is unpredictable, and this year in particular, there has been a famine worse than imaginable.   Women and children have suffered all year with nothing to sustain them and it will still be months until the harvest. A mother in Darfur works unbelievably hard to sustain her family: walking for hours across the dangerous desert to collect water, searching for wood to build a fire to keep her children warm at night, taking care of her animals and livestock, and caring for her children because she cannot afford to send them to school. Most days she will wake up not knowing how she will provide anything for her little ones to eat.  Pregnancy is something to be feared.  A recent survey in village midwives we have trained showed that anaemia is a norm and hard work and poor diet combine to cause many miscarriages - or worse. 

On top of the daily struggle a woman faces in Darfur, childbirth remains frightening and dangerous. The average age of women in rural Darfur villages is only 34 years due to the high rates of maternal mortality. There is no health care available in villages, and few go to the far-off hospital because they cannot afford to pay.  If there is an obstructed birth, rope delivery is the only possible aid but causes damage to the baby - if it survives.  With FGM a common practice in villages, obstructed labour is frequent.  At Kids for Kids we feel that it is unacceptable to do nothing to help women in Darfur give birth safely, whilst we in the UK and US give birth in the hands of a professional, with all the equipment and help we could imagine. 

We do all we can to prevent problems becoming catastrophes.   The answer for mothers in Darfur is healthcare close at hand: we need to provide midwives in every village. Women and their babies should not be dying during childbirth when we can train local women to provide the assistance necessary for safe delivery.   Please can you help us?  By supporting this project, you will save the lives of countless women who are giving birth every day with no help at all.

Women and Children Need Midwives
Women and Children Need Midwives
Please Help Us Train More Midwives!
Please Help Us Train More Midwives!
 

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Location: Dorking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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