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Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan

by Kids for Kids
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
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
Empower Women to Earn an Income - Darfur, Sudan
New Goats Provide Hope for Women in Darfur!
New Goats Provide Hope for Women in Darfur!

When we begin training in our villages, it is still months before we bring goats and donkeys in. We must make sure all our projects are sustainable and so all our village members, and especially our first and second generation beneficiaries, are ready and know how to care properly for the animals. Darfur is such a harsh environment, veterinary care is essential if they are to survive, yet there is none in any village.  It is also important that the Animal Loan Committee is in place and trained not just in animal welfare but in book keeping and accountability - that ensures sustainability. Last year's financial crisis in Sudan meant that it was almost impossible to get much money out of the banks each day, and so it became difficult to buy goats for the villages we adopted in 2018. When we were finally able to purchase goats there were very few to buy and prices were extortionate. For this reason, some of our beneficiaries are just receiving goats now - unavoidable however hard we worked.   But now there is good news!

I want to share with you some photos of new goats in the village of Matawy!  Nawal is 35 years old with seven young girls.  She received five goats last month, the share of a billy goat, two mosquito nets, two blankets and a donkey. Four of her goats are now pregnant - can you imagine?!  Nawal's daughters are already benefitting from the goats milk, so four more kid goats will certainly help enable her to earn an income and provide support to her family. Nawal is at last thinking about the future, making plans, and hoping she will be able to send all her daughters to school. Just think what these girls will be able to achieve if they all receive an education!

But we need your help, and specifically with mosquito nets this month.  With Malaria on the rise in Sudan (Doctors say the number of cases in North Darfur has climbed to over 12,000 people in less than a month) we are desperately trying to raise as much as we can for mosquito nets. We believe in prevention and mosquito nets help prevent children contracting not just malaria, but dengue fever and even yellow fever.   Mothers cannot think of the future if they cannot keep their children safe from such deadly diseases right now. Will you donate two nets today?  It is just £18/$23 for two nets to keep families safe at night.

Also, with the Holiday Season coming up, you could give nets as a gift to a loved one!  Give a goat, donkey, trees, mosquito nets and more by donating to any of our  in the name of your loved ones. Then print off a GlobalGiving Gift Certificate or email us for a more personalised version at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk.  We would love to help families on your behalf this Winter!

Nawal and two of her seven little girls
Nawal and two of her seven little girls
New Kids for Kids Goats Arriving!
New Kids for Kids Goats Arriving!

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We are thrilled to share that we are at last able to start training for projects within Eight New Villages!  You will have read about Sudan in the news lately as the country has been in turmoil. People have taken up the cry “We are Darfur” at last realising the tragedy of life there since the violence started in 2002. With restricted press and no items on Sudan television people have no way of  knowing what happens in the rest of the country.  There has been great uncertainty over the past months, and our Programme Manager and Project Leader have been unable to get things like fuel to reach our villages and begin delivering our life saving projects. Luckily, we have been in constant contact, even during the internet outage, because of their dedication, so we are fully up to date with all that has been happening. Things are still uncertain, but settlement is looking likely at the Federal level now, with on going talks.

Because we work directly with village leaders we have been able to find ways to help, despite the difficulties, teaching people to run our projects democratically and with the security necessary for their success. We will never adopt a village if we are not able to fully provide all that we have said we will - but sustainability of our projects is essential. That is why we had to delay until now to ensure we could provide all we promise. 

Our main project is our goat loan, where we provide five nanny goats to each family of the 15% of families in the village democratically selected as being the most in need. A Billy Goat is also shared between three families - it works! The goats are given to the mother in each family, and as soon as she has passed on five healthy nanny goats to another family, the rest of the flock is hers.  Something we could never have achieved without our help.  There are 270 women who will receive goats in our new villages - for each of them this is a life changing time. They will have their first ever income which they can choose how they spend.   It makes an enormous difference to each family. 

We have just received a proposal for 30 new midwives, which includes midwives for these eight new villages! Training midwives provides young women with a secure and important profession and an income for life. Each midwife further empowers women in her own village by giving them information, medical help and the ability to deliver children whilst feeling safe, confident, and comfortable in her own health and the health of her child's.   The presence of trained midwives in villages transforms mortality of both mother and child.  In the past, Darfur had one of the highest rates of death in childbirth in the world.    In recent years the lack of health care in villages was made worse by the dangers of travelling to the few hospitals.   Our Kids for Kids Midwives have transformed life for women and young girls no longer fear marriage and having children.    Our midwives also teach the dangers of FGM and train the various methods of contraception.  

These are just a few examples of how much all our projects do to help women in Darfur, giving them an income and a voice. This income is, put simply, the difference between making decisions for their children to improve their lives and give them a chance. With an income, mothers can provide health care for their children as well as send them to school.  You will see before our next project report that this project will include more about our Kindergartens too as we are building schools in villages to provide women with the resources to educate their young ones - both girls and boys.  Starting school early has a major impact on future success.

Thank you, as always, for your fantastic support. Please remember to share our work with your social circles. We do not advertise, so it is purely word of mouth that gets our life-saving work out there!

Every woman and child deserves a chance
Every woman and child deserves a chance
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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Kids for Kids

Location: Dorking, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Sage Lancaster
Dorking, Surrey United Kingdom
$21,745 raised of $50,000 goal
 
221 donations
$28,255 to go
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$42
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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 children. Often lack of a uniform prevents kids from going to school. Having a uniform changes everything.
$85
USD
Bricks and Books! Provide 30 Bricks to Help Build a School and 20 Story Books for Children in Kindergarten!
$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.
$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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