Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan

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Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Your donations mean women can support the family
Your donations mean women can support the family

In early March, GlobalGiving held its annual Girl Fund Campaign, a chance for all organisations that focus on empowering women to have a shot at securing year-long funding. Whilst this project did not secure year-long funding, we wanting to thank all of you who came together to make a donation - you helped us raise a phenomenal $7,139/£5.461 in just one week. The most exciting part of the week was Kids for Kids' Birthday on International Women's Day, Friday 8th March. Your kind donations saw a bonus matching from GlobalGiving and helped us celebrate our Birthday in a most wonderful way.

Speaking of Empowering Women, you may already know that we have committed our help this year to a whole eight new villages: Bargo, Derma, Abu Sinait A and Abu Sinait B, Um Isheira, Um Ajaja, Um Shijir, and Turra. Conditions are very bad in Darfur. People across the country are struggling in the wake of soaring inflation, and essentials including food and medication are scarce.  The phrase 'people live on the breadline' is graphic for life in Sudan, but the price of bread has soared. In Darfur, because of its isolation, years of neglect and the tragedy of drought have taken a bitter toll. We are needed now more than ever before.  There are changes afoot in Sudan, but whomever is in charge it will be years before things will improve in Darfur.

There are 3,347 women in these villages who need our help. The villages are currently in inception meetings, confirming the 15% of families in each village where the mothers will be the first beneficiaries, receiving goats, a donkey, blankets, mosquito nets, and other basic essentials. With a total of 1,797 families in the eight new villages, 270 families will be the first to benefit. The mothers in these families will begin earning their very own income, gaining control of their own lives, often for the first time ever. 

Will you join us to provide sustainable help to women in our eight new villages?

Every donation matters, but we would particularly like to thank our regular donors who's monthly giving, no matter what the amount, helps us plan and work most efficiently and effectively.  Thank you all!

Empower More Women to Earn an Income Today!
Empower More Women to Earn an Income Today!

In our last project report we mentioned that our most recent class of midwives were about to graduate! Well we are pleased to tell you that on December 10th 2018, 34 women became certified village midwives! In fact, Kids for Kids midwives held some of the top results in their exams, placed second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh, and eighth out of the whole graduating class.  When you think that their schooling was in a small primitive building in a remote village you can get an idea of how determined they are to do well.  What incredible women we now have in our villages! All have returned home and are now helping to deliver babies safely in their own villages.

This has us thinking about the new year, and how many more women we are going to help. You may have heard about the demonstrations in Sudan, coming directly from people that cannot afford to buy a loaf of bread, families who are facing starvation due to the rising inflation, parents trying desperately to feed their hungry children. The international community is doing little to help, but the public can, you can, by supporting our life changing sustainable projects - empowering women to earn an income, to afford both bread and school fees for their young children. By empowering the women in our villages we are creating sustainable change for the whole family, village, community, and region of Darfur. We are giving people hope and a way to take control of their own lives, often for the first time ever.

As I write, Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO of Kids for Kids, is headed off to participate in Programme Meetings with the team from Darfur. During these meetings, we will review the applications from the villages that have applied for our support this year. It will be hard as we cannot afford to adopt more than five, and we receive more applications every year. We will never adopt a village unless we can be 100% certain that we can deliver all our projects to the families we have promised to help. "I could not bear to let down a mother, hoping desperately that she will have help to look after her children," says Patricia. "Raising hope to dash it, especially for people so desperately in need, would be unforgivable."

Last year, 154 women received goats and a donkey - 15% of the poorest families in each village we adopted. Next year, 154 more women from those same villages will benefit from the goat loan. This year we will do the same for the new villages. Two midwives from each new village will be trained as well, undoubtedly reaching high exam results just like their peers this year.

Please can you set up a monthly donation? Any amount you can spare, coming in each month, makes a world of difference to us. Your committment to supporting our work will help women help their families out of absolute poverty, and ensure we do not raise false hope.

 

Date for your Calendar!

Please look out for GlobalGiving's upcoming Girl Fund Campaign which will run from February 28th through March 14th (see exact times and details here). We need to mobilise all our donors to give during this time, as it will put us in the running for a place in the Girl Fund, which provides secured year-long donations. March 8th is the 19th Birthday of Kids for Kids, and also International Women's Day ! GlobalGiving will hold a Bonus Day that day, and by supporting this project your donation will go even further! Stay tuned, tell your friends, and mark your calendars now!!  Your generous donations and your voice in sharing our work makes you the most amazing part of the success of all Kids for Kids projects!  Please make this your birthday gift for Kids for Kids!

Please help us empower more women!
Please help us empower more women!
Presentation ceremony to our Village Midwives
Presentation ceremony to our Village Midwives

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Let's Empower more Women in 2019!

We are so happy to share with you that this year, you've helped us to put 37 women through midwifery training, who by the end of November, will graduate in El Fasher and return to their villages to take care of their own communities, ensuring all mothers and babies have proper care. 2018 also saw the graduation of new paravets, both men and women, who have been trained and given the tools to look after the animals that Kids for Kids has given to families in their villages. Women who are midwives and paravets 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.

There are over 900 villages in Darfur and to date we have adopted 92. Every year without fail, Kids for Kids adopts new villages. We will begin our 2019 selection process in January, solidify our new villages, and begin our inception meetings shortly after - bringing our goat loan, water projects, basic essentials to the new villages as quickly and efficiently as possible.  By helping mothers to earn something for themselves we are empowering them within their communities so they are listened to, and bear in mind, our beneficiaries are the poorest in each village.  Volunteers will be selected and trained in first aid, veterinary, and midwifery. Last year we were only able to adopt five small villages, meaning in 2019 there will be even more villages begging us to be adopted. 

Right now is the most crucial time of year for Kids for Kids. The number of women who, next year, will receive our life-saving projects, depends largely on the funds we have coming in from now until the end of the year.  Your donations now will determine the number of new children that will benefit directly from our projects, because we will never adopt a village unless we are 100% certain we can provide all of our basic projects. If you give now, you will enable us to adopt more/bigger villages, providing 15% of families in each village with a way to change their futures in the new year.

How can you give this holiday season?

Give a Goat!!  Give a Donkey, Uniforms, Blankets, or Education to one little girl for a year - and donate on behalf of a loved one!  With every donation you can print off one of GlobalGiving's Gift Certificates or get in touch with our US volunteer, Mary Jane, so we can make you a special personalised certificate specifically for your friend/family member! If you are in the UK or anywhere else in the world please contact us here: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk. 

Donate Now  to give the best holiday gift you could ever give. And please encourage your friends and family members to Give a Goat (or anything else!) this year as well.   Together we can make a real difference in the New Year. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Kids for Kids!

MaryJane-US@KidsforKids.org.uk

Contact@kidsforkids.org.uk

Paravets Trained and Ready to Work!
Paravets Trained and Ready to Work!
Give a Goat and Change Lives in 2019
Give a Goat and Change Lives in 2019

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Hassina and her Family, Teiga Village
Hassina and her Family, Teiga Village

Hassina is 40 years old with six children living in Teiga Village, one of the newest Kids for Kids villages. Four years ago, Hassina’s first husband Osman died and she re-married, a man named Eltayib. She had three children with Osman and now has three more with Eltayib, meaning six children in total and three under the age of five. Her home consists of two small huts – one where the family lives, and one for the kitchen. Last year because of the drought they had very little food, and Hassina had no means of earning any money to send her children to school.

“When it rains I can grow millet, okra, vegetables, watermelon, ground nuts, and sesame” says Hassina. “My family can eat these items and sell some to purchase other food. When it does not rain I cannot get milk or meat for my children, and we must eat very poor food.  Now we have been eating assida, which I make from sorghum and haven't had anything to add to it.   No milk, no vegetables and no meat.   I worry for my children's health."

Hassina’s youngest daughter exhibits clear signs of malnutrition. The absence of protein shows clearly, turning her hair from dark to light. This is just one of the visible signs, but a malnourished child is at risk of suffering physical and cognitive impairment for their whole lives. Deficiencies in necessary nutrients at an early age when a child is growing is detrimental.   One cup of goat's milk a day transforms a child's health.

This is why our help is so important. Hassina has just received five goats, a donkey, two mosquito nets, two blankets, farm tools and a donkey plough to help increase the amount of land she can cultivate.   Hassina will be able to provide milk for her children, ensuring they are no longer malnourished, and sell excess milk and yoghourt.   When at last she has a harvest she will be able to sell  any excess she grows at the market to earn extra income.  She is planning to send her children to school. Our help is enabling her to help herself and her family.

Hassina is just one of the women that has been chosen as a first-generation beneficiary from our five new villages. Two weeks ago we completed our final inception meetings with the whole villages, where the community democratically identified the families (15% in each village) that would be the first to benefit from Kids for Kids projects. 154 women will be given the basic essentials that will enable them to begin helping their families out of poverty.    Additionally the village as a whole benefits from the training we give them, especially in accountability and book keeping, and the training for volunteers to become midwives, paravets and first aid workers.

Now that Hassina and her friends have 'household assets' they have status and at last are listened to in village meetings.    Who would think that goats, blankets, farm tools and the other simple things Kids for Kids provides with your help could change women's lives so dramatically.    Hassina is looking forward to the future, not just for herself, but for her daughters too!

Your support for this project is making it possible for people like Hassina to create a better life for herself and for her children. By continuing to support and share this project with others, you can help us help more women to feel empowered, giving them the tools to change their futures for good.

Goat Milk will give protein for Hassina
Goat Milk will give protein for Hassina's youngest
Please Can You Help Empower More Women in Darfur?
Please Can You Help Empower More Women in Darfur?

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Your Support is Creating a Better Future
Your Support is Creating a Better Future

You are all fantastic!!  In March we launched this project, and to date we have already raised $10,107/£7,268 from a total of 129 donations.

As you may know, Kids for Kids shares its Birthday with International Women's Day, and this year your individual contributions to this project added up to an outstanding $5,517.  Your response earned us an additional $625 from GlobalGiving matching the donations at 30%, and a bonus prize of $200 because we came in 4th of all projects with the most donations.   All of this added up to a total of $6,342 raised in just one day - thanks to YOU!

Because we are proud of the fact that the maximum possible is spent directly to help families in Darfur - we do everything we can to minimise administration, both here and in Sudan, relying for the most part on wonderful volunteers - every extra dollar means something extra to help children. The funds raised through this project have been put towards our projects helping women in the five villages we have adopted this year:  Javina, Matawy, Teiga, Um Gulla & Um Jum Jum.  Every year, whilst continuing to ensure the smooth running of our projects in villages we have adopted in previous years - 87 to date -  we are also committed to adopting as many new villages as our funds make possible. This year started with the appalling news that there is famine in Darfur and mothers are struggling to feed their children. We are not an emergency organization, but we cannot let people and animals starve so we have been raising funds separately to help in this dire situation.  This is one example of the unforeseen circumstances that we must have the funds to help in, which makes GlobalGiving's projects such an asset to our work, but we can assure you that All the funds donated to this project will go to Empowering Women in Darfur.

With this money we are able to provide projects to the poorest women in our five new villages, helping them to take control of their own lives for the first time ever. In the poorest 15% of families in each village, the mother has been lent a flock of six goats and a donkey. The goats milk will provide nutrients to her children and she can sell the surplus in the market to earn her first ever income.  For most mothers this will be the first money she has ever owned herself and it gives her the freedom to make choices for her family.   She has also been given a donkey which will help to carry the milk to market.  Donkeys are the only form of transport in Darfur. Families have also already received blankets to keep the children warm at night and safe from chest infections.  A blanket is such a small possession but elevates a woman's status in her village more than you can imagine. One beneficiary, Khajida, said "when people knew I had two blankets they started listening to me in the village meetings.  They saw I had household assets and was no longer the poorest in the village." We will also be training two women from each of these villages as midwives, but we need to raise more funds. Please can you help?  Midwives are the only hope mothers have of giving birth safely.  To help children, we must empower their mothers by giving them the tools to create a better life.

I am so hopeful you will continue to support this project.  The change you are helping us to create is beyond anything you can imagine. Even the smallest amount will go so far in Darfur, where women have so little. The families we help are some of the most deprived in the world and have never received any help at all.  By empowering women to take control of their own lives we are helping them to create a better future for generations to come.

Huda and her husband had four small children.   Last year they only managed to produce one sack of flour - not enough for the family to eat all year.  They felt they had no alternative but to leave their village and try to seek help elsewhere - but there is little help available in Sudan, which is in serious financial difficulties.    It was a dismal, worrying time.  But then they heard that Kids for Kids was going to help their village.   They decided to stay and were chosen to receive the goat loan.   Huda said "Kids for Kids' programme changes concepts by helping us with 6 goats and a donkey, and other services, and makes the rural areas more attractive through many projects for our life - health, water, education for our children.  We have proper farm tools now.   Things we have never had.   I am now happy and my husband stays too. My children are safe."

Please get in touch with any questions about our work.   Thank you.

We are helping families to stay in their villages
We are helping families to stay in their villages
Training Women as Midwives Provides a Livelihood
Training Women as Midwives Provides a Livelihood
Help us Change the Lives of Women With No Hope
Help us Change the Lives of Women With No Hope

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Kids for Kids

Location: Dorking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Sage Lancaster
Dorking, Surrey United Kingdom
$20,521 raised of $50,000 goal
 
192 donations
$29,479 to go
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$42
USD
Provides one blanket - having simple household assets actually gives women a standing in their village and a blanket keeps children warm at night, safe from chest infections and other health issues.
$70
USD
Provides a goat allowing a woman to feed her child, sell goats milk and earn the 1st income she will have ever had. Money allows her to make decisions for herself & her family for the 1st time.
$75
USD
Provides shoes and school uniform for five girls. Often lack of a uniform prevents girls from going to school. Having a uniform changes everything.
$95
USD
Provides a Donkey to carry milk to market, helping a woman enormously to earn an income. They are the only transportation in Darfur where there are no roads.
$126
USD
Provides education for one little girl for a year. Imagine changing a life forever with a year of schooling!
$380
USD
Provides 6 Goats, allowing a woman to feed her children and to earn an income. Goats milk provides essential protein and nutrients to stop malnutrition. As the flock grows, more women will benefit.
$600
USD
Trains one woman as a paravet, giving her the tools necessary to take care of the animals in the village. Work in the village gives women a voice in the community and changes their status.
$3,050
USD
Trains 1 woman as a midwife for her village. Performing life-saving work she earns respect from the community. Midwives empower the women of the village to resist FGM and take control of their bodies.
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