Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future

by Kids for Kids
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Help Mothers and Girls Earn a Brighter Future
Murra in her village.
Murra in her village.

Murra is a mother to 9 children. In 2017 she was chosen by her village to receive support through the Kids for Kids projects. She received 5 goats as part of the goat loan programme, a donkey to help transport water and till the land and also 2 blankets and mosquito nets to protect her children from cold nights and insect-borne diseases.

This is just part of the package that Kids for Kids provides to many families in need.  People are so poor they cannot afford even basic essentials.  Kids for Kids makes sure individual families have proper farm tools, an essential when people eat what they grow.   But it doesn't stop there.   Kids for Kids helps the whole community long term by providing both health care for the people and veterinary care for the animals.   Key is water, and wherever possible Kids for Kids funds handpumps and other water projects.

Four years after Kids for Kids adopted her village, Murra's goat herd has grown to 23 animals. Her children are growing up healthy and strong as a result of the milk from the goats and the good news doesn't end there - as a result of being given a donkey, Murra was able to make use of a donkey plough provided for Murra and two other women. She was able to cultivate three acres of land, growing two sacks of millet, a sack of groundnuts and also six sack loads of hay for her animals.  

Murra and her family are expecting an even bigger harvest this year, as they were able to farm 5 acres plus they are growing melons and okra!

This is what Kids for Kids is all about - supporting children, women and their families to create a future that is teeming with hope and opportunities. By providing such simple but powerful projects, families and whole communities are able to build a better life for themselves - this is what life should be like for all people in Darfur!

Murra's story is just one of the hundreds of success stories that Kids for Kids has witnessed over our 20 years - but we are only able to carry out such important work because of our generous supporters. We are only able to reach out to people like Murra because of the support from people like you!

Murra is looking forward to the future and now with a better harvest and money earned from selling goats milk and yoghurt, she is planning on sending her children to school!

There are hundreds of more mothers like Murra who deserve our help and support to give them the opportunities to raise themselves and their families out of poverty.

Are you able to help more mothers and girls earn a brighter future?

You can read more about the Kids for Kids range of sustainable projects here: www.kidsforkids.org.uk

Women in Darfur with their goats.
Women in Darfur with their goats.
Planting crops in Darfur
Planting crops in Darfur
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Tahani and her family.
Tahani and her family.

 

As 2020 draws to an end we reflect back on what an awful year it has been.

In Darfur, it has been a particularly hard year, not only with Covid-19 arriving in the villages but the people have suffered from droughts and fires and in August there was flooding. Not only did this wash away people homes and livelihoods but it brought with it a rise in malaria. And in the midst of all the natural disasters, Sudan as a country is suffering through an economic crisis - inflation has reached an astonishing 230%, meaning that basic essentials have skyrocketed in price, too high a price for the majority of families in Darfur to pay.

However, there is a flicker of hope and good news - in the villages that Kids for Kids adopted in 2019, the goats that were promised to the families most in need have arrived at their new homes.

Tahani is a 30-year-old mother of 5  - and has been left to raise her children on her own after separating from her husband. In her own words, she was 'facing the toughest and most difficult days of her life'.

However, Tahani was chosen by her village to receive a goat loan from Kids for Kids and received her animals last month and already 2 of the goats are pregnant! This means that Tahani can give milk for her children and earn a living from selling any extra milk and yoghurt that her goats provide.

Tahani is currently preparing to plant some winter crops to sell at the weekly market. The future is looking a little more bright for Tahani and her family. ' After I separated from my husband, I was afraid for my children's future.'

'After Kids for Kids entered our life, I began to feel a sense of empowerment and I felt confident, I began to change and feel stable and I am hopeful in improving my family's future'.

 Tahani is just one of the women that Kids for Kids has been able to help because of the support of people like you!

If this year has taught us anything it is to keep on going when times are toughest and to stop and take a moment to appreciate the positive things that we are able to achieve when we all come together. 

Because of your support, Tahani and many more families are feeling hopeful for the future, despite the worsening conditions in Sudan.

 

 

 

 

 

Goats at Um Ishira
Goats at Um Ishira
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Soap Means Hope for Families in Darfur
Soap Means Hope for Families in Darfur

Sometimes it is the smallest thing that makes the biggest difference. In normal times, we are focused on somewhat "grand" but sustainable plans.  Training healthcare workers, digging wells for handpumps, building kindergartens or walking a herd of life-changing goats into a village -- all are days for celebration.

But now it is the new normal, even in the remote villages of Darfur.  And right now a simple bar of soap is life-saving.

Normally, Kids for Kids projects help the poorest of the poor build their way out of grinding poverty through tools to earn a living and feed their families.  And we are continuing with what we can for our regular projects.

But in this new normal, we had the chance to get a truck load of simple soap out to Darfur and now we have to pay for it. We jumped in with both feet and delivered over 466,000 bars of soap to 105 villages.  We have empowered women to have an ounce of control over keeping their children alive in these most difficult times. Simple instructions for proper handwashing came with the soap, so that it might be effective and lifesaving.

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While we work to cover the cost of the soap, we are still building 5 kindergartens this year -- for education is the way out of poverty. We are training families to care for and grow their goat herds so there will be milk for children and enough sometimes to sell -- a livelihood that means perhaps mothers can afford a mosquito net or warm blanket for a cold desert night or farm tools for a better harvest.

Giving women in the villages of Darfur the tools to bring their families out of poverty is such a basic, successful and sustainable processes.  And now a simple bar of soap makes all the difference. We so appreciate your continued support for the children of Darfur. We couldn't do it without you.

Your support empowers women to care for their kids
Your support empowers women to care for their kids
Boxes of soap arriving - soap to save lives!
Boxes of soap arriving - soap to save lives!
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A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur
A Donkey is the only Transport in Darfur

Earlier this year we started to tell you about a woman named Hawa and her family from Jafaina Village. Hawa was one of the goat loan beneficiaries in 2018 when we adopted Jafaina Village, and simple basic essentials and goats have helped her change her life already. Hawa received a local breed Donkey from the Kids for Kids Animal Loan Committee at the same time as her goats!  Hawa told us recently just how important her donkey has been - a huge help in bringing water from the hand pump, as well as helping to plough the family's farm that Hawa's husband works. The family is seeing a drastic change already in what they are able to harvest on their 2.5 acres, formerly scrub grass land. Along with being able to harvest more of the regions staple crop, millet, they have been able to grow tomatoes and okra! Hawa is able to travel to the nearby markets in El Fasher and Turra to sell any excess produce.

As well as helping out on the farm, the donkey makes it possible for Hawa's two eldest children to attend school!  The family lives in Jafaina Village but at the moment their nearest school is in Turra village, which is 6km away. Before Kids for Kids adopted Jafaina, before Hawa received a donkey, the children needed to fetch water every day and had no time to go to school.  But now, despite the distance, they are able to attend classes!

We can't wait to share more about Hawa and her family with you in the coming reports. For now, I hope this little story about all that your support has made possible for Hawa's family - and countless others - brings a smile to your face in these difficult times. It really is amazing to see what a small amount of help can make possible for people living in drastically different circumstances from our own.

Please Note: This week we have received news that there are confirmed COVID-19 cases in El Fasher. We are desperate to prevent the virus from reaching villages and are doing all we can to help. 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.

Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Hawa with children outside their Hut in Jafaina
Donkeys make so much possible for families
Donkeys make so much possible for families

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We are so proud and delighted to hear stories of the women in our villages who are doing remarkably well, and creating a future for themselves and their families. Pictured above is Hawa, 32 years old, married to a farmer, with three of her five young children. Hawa is from Jafaina Village, in the south of North Darfur, adopted by Kids for Kids only last year in 2018. In September 2018 Hawa received five goats and one local breed donkey from the Animal Loan Committee, along with basic essentials including two blankets and two mosquito nets to protect and keep her family warm at night. Kids for Kids also provided vaccines for the animals, anthelmintic and worming treatments: preventing disease is essential to enable Hawa to build up her flock.

After the rainy season last year, Hawa’s goats produced two kids and this year they produced five more kids! After just one year, Hawa now has 12 goats in total – and four of her nanny goats are pregnant right now!   She has done very well in keeping her promise to take good care of her animals – the same promise that all Kids for Kids beneficiaries make before receiving assistance from the Animal Loan Committee. Hawa has made sure that the goats have access to an area of shade from the hot desert sun at all times. She collected bits of trees, grass, and dry fodder to create a Tabana near her home where the goats can graze.  The goats have provided milk that she is able to feed her children - and even more, so that she has been learning to make yoghurt that she can sell in the El Fasher and Turra Markets nearby. 

The fact that after only one year Hawa does not have to worry as much about feeding her children, thanks to her Kids for Kids goats, is a huge success! Just five goats and one year have enabled a young mother of five to see a future for her family. This is the sort of story that melts our hearts - and we can't wait to see what is next for Hawa! 

Stay tuned for more updates on Hawa and her family in our coming 2020 reports.  In the meantime, we wish you a wonderful end to 2019 and a fantastic start to the new year! We would be thrilled if you would consider becoming a regular monthly donor this year - a sure way to make a huge difference this new year. 

With a big thanks for your continuous support to our life changing projects,

The Kids for Kids Team

Hawa and little ones
Hawa and little ones
Jafaina Village
Jafaina Village
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