Save women and children from dying during birth

by Kids for Kids
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Midwife - Sumya Esmail Abkar Idriss
Midwife - Sumya Esmail Abkar Idriss

“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

This is midwife Sumya. She began her midwife training in December 2014 and finally graduated on 15th April 2016. She has now received her midwife kit, mobile phone and cross bred donkey.

She said “I have now finished my training and send my thanks to Kids for Kids, for helping to fund for this training. Thank you to the village leader who also nominated me for this training”.

She can now put her training into practice in her village. She is able to make 8 visits a month, where she is helping to raise awareness for the families, with regards to using folic acid in pregnancy and giving advice on feeding their children and providing baby care once the baby is born. FGM (female genital mutilation) is extensive in the region which leads to suffering and can cause problems during child birth. She does a lot of her work at the village health unit, which unfortunately is not fully equipped. She urgently requires the village health centre to supply more equipment and medicines for pregnant women (such as folic acid, anaesthetic).

There is no healthcare in Darfur, but Sumya is only one of many midwives that have successfully graduated from their midwifery training with the help of Kids for Kids and its generous supporters. People can now stay in their villages, because they know they have a better chance with the wonderful support of our trained midwives.

By training more midwives we can help to save more lives!

Please help us to equip and train more midwives?

$230 will buy a solar lantern to assist with night deliveries

$245 buys a crossbred donkey for a midwife to reach her patients quickly

$305 funds the training costs of a midwife for 1 week

$612 funds a donkey ambulance to take a mother in need during labour to get to hospital

$3,050 funds the cost of one midwife for a year in one village

Thank you so much for your support.

Midwife kit
Midwife kit

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Kids for Kids Midwife Hajja
Kids for Kids Midwife Hajja

Our Midwives save lives – please help us train more!

“Becoming a mother in Darfur is a terrifying experience.  FGM is widespread, which means there is a high incidence of obstructed labour.  In these cases it is vital to have a trained midwife on hand who can help young mothers.  Our Midwives have transformed survival rates.”  Patricia Parker MBE (Founder, Kids for Kids)

Meet Hajja, one of our fantastic midwives from Sakori village who graduated 5 years ago.  She reports back to us regularly on how she is getting on.  Her very first case after graduating in 2010 was within 6 days of returning home – in fact it was her sister’s child, so she helped deliver her own nephew, a real cause for family celebration!  Can you imagine the emotional strain of looking after friends and family as a midwife in your own community?  This is why Kids for Kids always trains 2 midwives in each village, so they can support one another.  

In the past 5 years Hajja has supported over 600 births, 350 boys and 250 girls, including 2 sets of twins.  She has made over 400 visits to pregnant ladies and had around 470 ladies come to her in the Health Centre.  She has wisely transferred 14 cases with complications to El Fasher hospital, a big decision when the journey takes many hours by donkey.  Hajja is highly respected in her community and receives contributions for her work from those who can afford to pay her.  She has bought goats for milk and is saving for her own children’s education.  What a difference this incredible woman has made to her community. 

This story is just one, among so many midwives, but you can see the difference she makes.  If only every village in Darfur could have a skilled midwife to help them.  Can you help us train another midwife this year?   

$62  provides a little goat for milk to feed little children

$95 provides a little donkey to carry water

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey so a midwife can reach her patients quickly

$230 provides a solar lantern - essential for assisting births at night

$3035 trains a midwife to save lives and teach hygiene 

$612 provides a donkey ambulance to help patients reach the hospital 

Thank you for your support.  

Trainee Midwives at the school
Trainee Midwives at the school
Most women give birth at home, far from help
Most women give birth at home, far from help

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Help us to help mothers and babies in Darfur
Help us to help mothers and babies in Darfur

"When I am asked what is the most important project that we fund, it is always difficult to answer. How do you choose between providing lifesaving goats milk for a mother who is too thin herself to feed her baby, a hand pump so that water is at hand for small children, or a midwife so that young mothers and their babies have medical help close by in their own village. It is almost impossible to prioritise, as all are desperately needed.  However, the philosophy of Kids for Kids is to prevent problems from becoming catastrophes. Can you imagine a greater catastrophe than a young girl suffering the pain of childbirth, and the older women in the village - untrained and with no knowledge of hygiene or sterilisation - telling her the baby is stuck? Somehow they have to get her to hospital across desert terrain, with no shade in the blinding heat. The baby stands no chance of surviving. If the mother does not die herself, fistula may be her best hope.  No-one can live with someone with fistula - double incontinence - in a country as hot as Sudan. "   Patricia Parker MBE 

We are proud to say that 37 young women from Kids for Kids villages have all graduated with honours in 2015 from the midwife training school that we funded in El Fasher, thanks to generous supporters. The training for a village midwife is arduous. Many of the volunteers will never have visited the regional capital.  It takes a progressive village leader to allow these young ladies to leave their village for 14 months to train. They do not return during this period. They live in a compound where their only relaxation is on a Friday when they go to the mosque and wash their clothes. Within weeks of arriving in El Fasher they will be assisting at births. Many have helped deliver healthy twins. The experience they gain during these 14 months is extraordinary but essential.  

Why do they do it? They do it because they are all altruistic, caring young women, who are determined to help women they know in their own communities and are brave enough to undertake the training. When they return to their village they will become one of the most respected people there.  Kids for Kids always funds the training of 2 village midwives in each community This is so they can support each other, sometimes in very difficult situations. There will be times when a friend whom they have known since childhood does not survive despite their skills. To have a colleague to support them is essential if they are not to suffer burnout.

The success rate of Kids for Kids midwives is extraordinary. In her first 12 months Halima delivered 800 healthy babies, 4 of whom were twins. Important too are the statistics that show that they have the authority to convince women to travel to El Fasher to the main hospital there if there is a risk of a difficult birth. This also has saved many lives. 

Please will you help us to train and equip the next team in 2016?  

$35 funds a food tray to keep food clean so that little ones do not become ill

$100 provides the kit a village midwife needs to help her work - including a small tin trunk to keep it safe

$230 funds a solar lantern to help with night-time deliveries - there is no electricity

$245 provides a strong crossbred donkey to enable a village midwife to get to her patients quickly (donkeys are the only transport)

$612 provides a donkey cart ambulance for emergency cases to get to hospital 

$3,050 funds a new midwife in a village

Thank you for your support.   

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Midwife and her equipment
Midwife and her equipment

Saving mothers and babies from dying during childbirth in Darfur - latest update from the field

Childbirth is a dangerous and frightening prospect for young girls in Darfur.   There is no health care in the villages of North Darfur.   The vast majority are miles from the main towns but even the hospital outside the regional capital, El Fasher, have limited facilities, with virtually no equipment or ways of controlling pain.  Girls marry young, and because Female Genital Mutilation is still widespread in remote villages, there is a very high risk of obstructed labour.  You may know that when our Founder Patricia Parker asked what help was available, one of the mums-to-be answered:  "We have no hospital nearby and no money to pay for health care.  There is a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) in our villages.  She has survived childbirth, and if there is a problem, she can assist with rope delivery".  Can you imagine what a terrifying prospect childbirth must be for these young women?  When there is obstructed labour it is imperative that the mother to be gets to hospital in time, but many don't make it. 

Kids for Kids midwives are making a lasting difference.  We have built a training school for midwives and - funds permitting - we train 40 midwives each year.  Our aim is to have 2 midwives in each village, so they can support the community and back each other up when difficult decisions need to be made, such as when to send a complicated case to hospital.  Just a few weeks ago we heard of a case where the local TBA was telling a woman who had been pregnant for 12 months that she should continue to wait for nature to take its course.  Our Programme Manager Salim told us:  "Fortunately the village leaders listened to the midwife and got the patient to hospital just in time.  Of course after 12 months something was seriously wrong and she nearly lost her life."  

News from our newest midwives:  You will be pleased to know that this year's group are nearly ready to graduate!  They are really excited to return to their villages and help the women and babies there.  They not only help with childbirth but are also vital in advising on early-years nutrition.  This is particularly important at this time of year when food has run out and harvests are still 2-3 months away.  People are forced to forage and without good advice might feed children with plants like Mukheit that are toxic if not processed correctly.  Our midwives are also trained to administer basic drugs such as antibiotics, ensuring that they are used properly and in appropriate dosages.  No wonder people are staying in Kids for Kids villages!  As one midwife told Patricia "people stay here because they know that with our help they and their children have a better chance."

Your donation makes all the difference!  

$35 funds a food tray to keep food clean so that little ones do not become ill

$100 provides the kit a village midwife needs to help her work - including a small tin trunk to keep it safe

$230 funds a solar lantern to help with nighttime deliveries - there is no electricity

$245 provides a strong crossbred donkey to enable a village midwife to get to her patients quickly (donkeys are the only transport)

$612 provides a donkey cart ambulance for emergency cases to get to hospital 

$3,050 funds a new midwife in a village

Thank you for your support.   

Childbirth in a remote hut is a daunting prospect
Childbirth in a remote hut is a daunting prospect

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Ruth Rendell reading at K4K Christmas Concert
Ruth Rendell reading at K4K Christmas Concert

With Ruth Rendell’s funeral taking place last week, we thought you might like to hear about her wonderful work as a Patron of Kids for Kids, and her personal sponsorship of Ibrahim, the 9 year old boy who inspired Patricia Parker MBE to found the charity 14 years ago.  

Ruth Rendell was not only a passionate campaigner for the abolition of female genital mutilation (FGM), which is why she supported Kids for Kids, but she was also the personal sponsor of little Ibrahim.  Ibrahim’s lonely walk for water, aged just 9, across the desolate deserts of Darfur, was what inspired Patricia Parker MBE, our Founder, to start Kids for Kids. 

Ibrahim first went to school age 9 when the charity installed a hand pump in his village in Um Ga’al.  4 years ago, Ibrahim managed to visit the Kids for Kids small office in El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, despite ongoing conflict, to ask the charity if it could help him finish his schooling.  Soaring inflation had meant his family could no longer pay even the small fee needed.  The constitution of the charity does not allow it to support individuals, but Patricia asked our Patron Ruth Rendell if she might consider helping in some way.  Aged 19, Ibrahm re-entered secondary school and graduates this summer thanks to the support of this wonderful lady. 

“Ibrahim has found schooling hard going” said Patricia.  “Starting school life aged 9 is really tough and Ibrahim has struggled but is determined to get to university if he can. This is why Kids for Kids is doing all it can to provide a Kindergarten in every village.  So far we have 4 which are transforming the lives of children in remote regions - unheard of anywhere else in Darfur.” 

Ruth Rendell has campaigned successfully in the UK to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). She believed that the most effective way to achieve this in remote villages was for someone women knew and trusted to advise them. She therefore supported our programme of training village midwives in every Kids for Kids village. Since 2001, Kids for Kids has funded over 150 village midwives in remote communities where there is no other health care.  With Ruth Rendell's support for our midwives, the lives of countless mothers and babies have been transformed. Would you like to help equip our midwives in the 8 new villages we are adopting in 2015?  

$62 provides a goat for milk for hungry babies

$230 buys a solar lantern for night time deliveries

$245 provides a strong cross-bred donkey so midwives can reach patients quickly 

$612 provides a donkey ambulance to help mothers and babies in distress get to hospital

$3050 trains a midwife to help a whole community, saving lives and teaching hygiene

Every penny goeas a long way in Darfur.  Thank you for your support. 

Ibrahim
Ibrahim's walk for water inspired Kids for Kids
Ibrahim will finish secondary school this year
Ibrahim will finish secondary school this year
Ruth was a passionate supporter of K4K midwives
Ruth was a passionate supporter of K4K midwives

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