Help Families Rebuild After Famine

by Kids for Kids
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Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
Help Families Rebuild After Famine
2018 brings a good harvest
2018 brings a good harvest

You may know that many of our villages were suffering last year as their crops had failed from the lack of rain in 2017 - so much so that we provided emergency aid to over 4,000 families and their animals in the way of flour, fodder, and seeds. Families were left with only 10% surviving crops - can you imagine?  In Darfur people live off the land, eating mainly what they can grow, and to work your field all year only to receive the smallest fraction of food from what you planted, was absolutely devastating.  Tragically, many families we could not help told us that children died from starvation - yes in 2018.

But there is hope this year!  We have received reports this year from villages like Mugabil and Kherban B, telling us how successful this year's rainy season has been. Village VDC Leader, Ali from Mugabil even claimed 2018 to have brought "the best rainy season in the last ten years".  The agricultural production of consumer crops like millet and sorghum has been much higher this year, meaning about 15 sacks of millet per family and seven sacks of sorghum. These results have a huge impact on a family's ability to keep their children healthy, as well as improve their economic situation, increasing their income. But even with, what in Darfur, is encouraging news, the income from anything the family does not eat will be sold, and is their only income.  This is what is means to be a subsistence farmer.

The successful agriculture season has also meant grazing and pastures are available for our goats, who breed during the rainy season, and an increase in kids has been seen - more milk for the two generations of beneficiaries in Mugabil and three generations in Kherban B!  Delighted by the news that some of the worst years of agriculture production have been followed with a good year - a definite help to families struggling after the famine that saw the first half of 2018. This news enables us to put even more focus on our longer term projects, and so we are closing this project. 

We would love to direct you to learn about how our projects are transforming children's lives long term and perhaps to give to one, or all, of our longer term projects. Help us build a new Kindergarten, provide clean water handpumps to villages, train midwives to help mothers give birth safely, empower women to earn an income, often for the first time ever, and donate donkeys and goats, of which we always need more. Your support is invaluable to us and enables us to do all we can.

Thank you all for supporting Kids for Kids. As we work solely in Darfur, Sudan - one of the very few organisations to still be able to work there - we face many issues each year, different and unpredicted, and your continuous support means we are able to help not only consistently in the long-term, but also respond to the many challenges that arise. A huge thank you, in particular, to our regular donors who's monthly giving, no matter what the amount, helps us plan and work more efficiently and effectively. If you are a regular donor, your donation to this project will be automatically moved over to our project, "Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur". Thank you!!

Thumbprint signatures for last year's aid
Thumbprint signatures for last year's aid
Many, Many Goats - Let's Give More!!
Many, Many Goats - Let's Give More!!
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At the beginning of February, we held our annual program meetings with our team from Darfur. It was a very hard week as we had so many applications from villages hoping to be adopted by Kids for Kids this year, a year proving very difficult in Sudan. You may have heard about the current ongoing demonstrations, started because of the massive rise of the price of bread.

We are one of the only organizations still working in Darfur, and despite the challenges, we are adopting eight new villages this year.  We simply have to - people are in such need. But we cannot send away empty handed the leaders of all the villages who were not selected when their need is so great.  All of them reported children dying from malaria last year so we will provide each of them with mosquito nets.   We so wish we could adopt them all.  There are so many families suffering and we must help as many as possible. Eight villages is a stretch for us but we will never adopt a village that we cannot 100% guarantee our support to.  Our sustainable projects are going to enable families in these new villages to stay in their homes, give them a livelihood, and ensure they can afford the current inflation in Sudan.  However, this will mean we will be relying on our reserves, unless you can help us please?

Last year was already a huge challenge because of the failed harvest. We need your help to help families in our existing villages rebuild, as well as those in our new villages. All the documents have been signed and we are all set to begin our inception meetings this month where each community will select the first families, the poorest families, who will benefit from the goat loan and the other basic essentials they have had to survive without for so long.  Our sustainable projects are going to be a fantastic help to countless mothers who cannot feed their children right now. 

Any help you can give to bring hope and stability to our suffering families would be greatly appreciated. Even just sharing this project around your social circles will increase awareness about the life-saving work we are continuing to carry out. People need to know they can make a difference to families in Sudan who are currently struggling, especially now.

"My biggest worry is water," says Patricia Parker MBE, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO. "Despite assurances our handpumps would be installed, we are still waiting. People are desperate for water. Can you imagine walking miles for every drop- knowing there is water underground?" A donation of a simple jerrycan will be a great help for those that are still walking miles to get water.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support. Every penny you donate is put to use and every year we publish a complete list of every single project we carried out on the ground in Darfur last year, as well as our plans for this year. Please take a moment to read 2018's list here. You helped us make all this possible and we are so grateful. Let's make 2019 even better!

 

Can you gift a chicken this Easter?!

Easter is next month, and we are so hoping you might want to donate three hens and a rooster for just $25 (£19) to provide eggs to the frail elderly in our villages! Chickens are much easier to manage than goats, and their eggs provide essential protein.  What would make a better gift than a personalized Certificate in your loved ones Easter baskets?!  Please get in touch with us at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk if you make a donation and would like us to send you a Gift Certificate! 

Example Easter Gift Certificate!
Example Easter Gift Certificate!
Families are in desperate need. Please help
Families are in desperate need. Please help

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Together we are transforming lives for good
Together we are transforming lives for good

You will have seen that the title of this project has changed. The rains have come in Darfur, and food is now growing. With your help we provided emergency aid to over 6,000 families that had been worst-hit by the famine this year - saving the lives of children, adults, and animals alike. But famine does not just stop.  Families in both our villages, and those we have not yet adopted in Darfur, will be suffering the repercussions of the trauma they experienced this year. Some will have lost friends and family members, some will have lost their animals.  We even received news of goats dying, the hardiest of animals.   Many aborted which is nature's way of protecting the mother.  It is always the youngest who succumb first and children in all villages were malnourished.   With no journalists reporting from Darfur we will never know the extent of the disaster.  Now, we must help families rebuild their lives.

With your help, we are hoping to provide our key projects and basic essentials to families in five new villages next year, whilst continuing to support existing Kids for Kids' villages. In order to achieve this, we must start securing funds now, so we know for certain exactly how many villages, and size,  we can adopt and provide with our sustainable projects. We will begin the selection process in January, where we look at all the applications from villages asking to be adopted by Kids for Kids. Once our decisions are final, we will begin our inception meetings where the communities will democratically select the first families to benefit from the goat loan and to receive a donkey, blankets, mosquito nets, and other basic essentials. We need to have the funds to provide our sustainable projects for all the new villages - and we need your help.

Our sustainable projects truly transform lives, and continue to do so every day. I wanted to share with you a short story from one of our beneficiaries, Hawa, from Fardal village. Hawa was one of our first Goat Loan beneficiaries in 2017 when Fardal Village became a Kids for Kids village. This year Hawa noticed her neighbour Abdu's children were looking very unwell - especially his youngest who was losing a lot of weight. Her own children's health had improved so much when they started to drink the milk from the Kids for Kids goats she was loaned the year before that she decided to start bringing Abdu milk for his children to drink every day. His children's health has improved significantly over the past few months thanks to Hawa's generosity.

There is a such a sense of community in all our villages in Darfur and we constantly hear stories like this of families helping others, sharing what little they have so everyone can benefit.  Hawa and o ther goat loan beneficiaries in Fardal are also now bringing milk to the children and teachers at their local Kids for Kids' Kindergarten. It really is wonderful.

Your donations to this project and your support for Kids for Kids is helping people to help themselves, and their neighbours. By continuing to support our projects you are forever changing the lives of families with no other hope. 

How can you help this holiday season?

Give a Goat!!  Give some chickens, mosquito nets, blankets, a donkey - 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 at MaryJane-US@kidsforkids.org.uk so we can make you a special personalised certificate for any occasion 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!

Gift Certificates for any Holiday!
Gift Certificates for any Holiday!
Help us adopt new villages and help more families!
Help us adopt new villages and help more families!
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We are glad to tell you that the rains have at last come to Darfur, the grass is beginning to shoot and provide food for animals, and those families who have managed to save seed are planting seeds for the next harvest. But it will be several months before the next crop grows and families have food at last. This time of year is known in Darfur as 'The Hungry Months'.  This year, which has been the worst we have known we have to continue to help those families who are hungry, and who have no seed to plant because they were forced to eat it during the year of famine.

Thanks to your generosity, the generosity of our local supporters, and our UK-based Summer Weekend event, we have already been able to provide aid to over 2,360 children and their families but we need to continue.  We are so grateful to you for supporting our Urgent Appeal for life-saving funds to provide food to families. Kids for Kids is the only organisation helping these poor families struggling in the villages of Darfur.

Worryingly, many more families are still in need of help. Our initial goal was to help the 3,000 worst-off families, and we are working to achieve this. We need to provide seed that can be planted right away, and flour that will keep people fed until there is a harvest. We are also asking help to provide goats right now is key as they will provide the urgently needed milk for children who have not had protein for many months. 

If you could please share this project on your social media accounts, family and friends, and even hold fundraisers of your own, we would be tremendously grateful. Every penny counts, and every one of you has the power to help children who are suffering right now with so little nourishment.  By throwing a coffee morning, a quiz night, or maybe even a silent disco event, you will help us to literally save lives right now.  And to top it off, you will have a fantastic time with your friends!

Please get in touch at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk if you need any Kids for Kids photographs or materials that would help with your event and getting with the word out about what we are doing. Thank you all!

Goats are Beginning to Graze
Goats are Beginning to Graze
But Families Still Need Our Help
But Families Still Need Our Help

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