Education  Sudan Project #10020

Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur

by Kids for Kids
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
Kindergartens for Vulnerable Children in Darfur
All Children Deserve an Education
All Children Deserve an Education

We have been building Kindergartens for villages in Darfur since 2013 and have built Nine so far. 1500 children start back at school this month!   By giving children access to education early during the most important and formative years of their lives, we are setting them up for success.  Success means lifting their families out of abject poverty. We currently have the funds for one more Kindergarten which we are working on at the moment for Lawabid, a village we adopted in 2005.  The mothers there have been asking if we could help to educate their children ever since then.  It is their dream for their little ones.

At Kids for Kids we must plan ahead but we will not promise what we cannot provide.  "The thought of disappointing people when they have so little is horrific"  says Founder Patricia Parker "We have plans to build four more Kindergartens, but must go one at a time.  Lawabid will be the first. "It is anticipated that each of these five Kindergartens will immediately benefit approximately 130 children, which means a total of 650 children in just the first year!   Their mothers cannot read and write so you can begin to imagine what this means to them."

We want to thank you all for supporting this project over the years! This is our last project report because we are absorbing our Kindergartens Project into our project titled 'Empower Women to Earn an Income'. By empowering women to earn their own income, they are able to make decisions for themselves and their families for the first time ever. Mothers in Darfur know that education is the best way out of poverty for their children. Kids for Kids is doing all it can to ensure as many children as possible have that chance. From years of experience, we have seen mothers make the best decisions they can for their family - always putting their children first. By helping women to help themselves, they will be able to send their children to school in the Kindergartens we are building in their villages. If you would like to keep supporting our Kindergartens Project and help us build these schools, please go here.

Please help us empower women to change the future
Please help us empower women to change the future
Let's put a Smile on Everyone's Face!
Let's put a Smile on Everyone's Face!

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We have just ordered more toys for our Nine Kindergartens!  Our educational toys have gone over a treat with the students at our schools, who are so enjoying playing with the equipment we have been able to purchase and distribute to teachers. These are children who have never had a toy with which to play...to be a child.  We now have musical instruments, brightly colored muscle-developing climbing toys as well as doctors and nurses' kits for the students to imagine possibilities for their futures, and other educational toys, both for inside and outside play.

You will have heard about the current uncertainty of the political situation in Sudan, and this is affecting our ability to help the villages in Darfur that we planned to adopt this year.  We are incredibly proud of the volunteers who help us.  Internet has been shut down and much of the mobile phone network.   Despite this, word of mouth means that even the most remote village knows that we are continuing to do all we can to help.   Insecurity across the country as a whole is going to make life for ordinary people far worse.  We are going to be needed far more than now.  Fortunately, we can continue to work with the nine Kindergartens that we have already established and to start all the background negotiations and planning for new Kindergartens.  We must, if we are to help children to a better future.  

If we can get the funds together now for new Kindergartens, we can start building as soon as possible. Just this week our team are visiting the State Ministry of Education to ensure there will be teachers available.   We currently have enough funds to start building one of the Five kindergartens we have planned!   Please can you help towards our second?  A Kindergarten costs approximately £22,000 but we have built nine already thanks to many small, but important donations. Every Pound will help us towards our goal!

We would particularly like to thank our regular donors who's monthly giving, no matter what the amount, helps us plan and work more efficiently and effectively. If you would like to Become a Monthly Donor, of any amount at all, we would be so grateful.  Thank you all!  In the current worrying time in Sudan, let's give people hope for the future.

More toys at our Kindergartens!
More toys at our Kindergartens!
Almost finished - New school at Um Ga'al
Almost finished - New school at Um Ga'al
Fun things for children who have never seen a toy
Fun things for children who have never seen a toy
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Happy Birthday, Kids for Kids!  On Friday March 8th, International Women's Day, Kids for Kids celebrated its 18th Birthday. “Please celebrate with me!” Patricia Parker MBE requested of our wonderful supporters. “It is hard to believe that since 2001 we have transformed the lives of 500,000 people in 92 villages, but we can’t stop there.  Last year was a terrible time for mothers in Darfur and we are all determined to make this year better for as many children as we can." Reflecting on the last 18 years has been incredible, as you all have truly helped us to change the lives of children and their families by supporting our sustainable projects. You have given thousands of children access to education in one of the most remote parts of the world through the nine Kindergartens you have helped us to build. Thank you.

This year, like all years and as Patricia said, we are determined to do even more. At programme meetings last month, we decided to adopt eight new villages as so many people are in great need. Additionally, we are trying to build five new Kindergartens - we just need the funds! We have decided on the villages but will not tell those we have selected until we have the complete funds to start building. There are children waiting just desperately to go to school in villages that have run our main projects extremely successfully since they were adopted. And these children aren't just five, six, and seven years old as you would expect for a Kindergarten. Did you know that our Kindergartens can provide education for children up to the age of 9 and 10 where there is no primary school available?  Many villages in Darfur do not have primary schools, so children will continue to attend our Kindergartens until it is possible for them to walk the long distances to enable them to attend primary school. When they are finally able to go, it is often because they have a relative or friend in a nearby village that will let them board during the week to attend the school. Your support for our five new schools will help countless children to begin their education early, and actually have a chance at succeeding in future schooling, not falling behind.

Just $35/£27 donates 30 bricks towards a school building. $50/£38 provides 20 story books so children can begin learning. Any amount at all you can spare will go towards funding the buildings, educational materials, desks, chairs, a latrine, and trees for the outside to provide shade and fruit. You can even donate a uniform for a child (and they look so cute too!).  You could even adopt a whole Kindergarten and give it the name of your choice - lasting philantrophy that will transform the lives of hundreds of children for years to come.  Your dedication to Kids for Kids, and your motivation for sharing our work with your social network is what will provide the funds for our next Kindergarten. Please keep it up!!

 

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!

Please Contact us for an Easter Certificate!
Please Contact us for an Easter Certificate!
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Students at Hillat Hamid Kindergarten
Students at Hillat Hamid Kindergarten

"People are moving to our village because of the Kindergarten," says Miriam, one of the second generation goat loan beneficiaries in Hillat Hamid Village. "Our young men are able to stay with us, because life is so much better for us, since Kids for Kids adopted us."

It is important to realise just how many aspects of people's lives are improved by all the Kids for Kids projects, especially education.  Life is really changing quite dramatically for families in Hillat Hamid. The village experienced a time not long ago when most of the population of the village had fled their homes leaving behind most of their belongings because it was not safe for them in Hillat Hamid. Fortunately, after security situations improved, many have been able to return to the village. Ibrahim, the village Sheikh, says "the village picture has changed after joining Kids for Kids. The number of goats, putting in the hand pump, establishing the health unit and now, our kindergarten, are encouraging people to come and settle here."   This is exceptionally valuable at a time when those hundreds of families who have been living in the vast IDP (internally displaced people) camps are desperate to find a permanent home for their children once again.

There are about twice as many children attending Hillat Hamid as had been expected, because so many people have settled in the village. The schools we build have two classrooms and an office for the teachers, but there are 102 students at the kindergarten this year. This means that the Kindergarten is asking for more equipment for the children - more desks and chairs, more toys and educational materials, and also trees to plant outside so there is shade.  We also plant fruit trees when we can so that the children have fruit in the hottest months of the year when nothing is growing and which are called the 'hungry months'

The village of Hillat Hamid is welcoming families who want to settle in the village because life is so much better there. We need to supply the Kindergarten with more equipment. Can you help this Holiday Season?

We only build Kindergartens after the villages we adopt have shown that they can run our basic projects to a high standard, taking complete control and ownership over them and ensuring their success. The Kindergarten in Hillat Hamid and those in our eight other villages where we have already built Kindergartens are a fantastic sign of the success of the Kids for Kids program.  We could not build any new Kindergartens during 2018 as we had to provide emergency aid to families during the drought in 2018 but our plan now is to build five Kindergartens in 2019.  Can you help?  

By donating to this project before the year is up, we will be able to commit to building a new Kindergarten in one of our many worthy villages. Donate some bricks to build the school, a uniform for a child, some books, educational toys and more!  If you wanted to adopt a whole Kindergarten it can be named after you, your loved one or a special occasion.  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 donate 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!

Please can you help more children to go to school?
Please can you help more children to go to school?
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Gift Certificates for any Holiday!
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Please help us keep children safe
Please help us keep children safe

A message from Kids for Kids Founder, Patricia:

When I first began visiting Darfur I saw little children, no more than three or four years old, tied with rope to their family's huts. I was aghast. I could not think of any reason for why children would be put in such dangerous situations by their own mothers.

Speaking to mothers, I could tell they loved their children so much, but saw no other option. When children are young, a mother can tie her baby with cloth to her body as she travels the four or five hours walk to fetch water. But as the child gets older she cannot manage a heavy infant and the jerrycans she must carry - her family's only supply of water for the day.   What could they do? There was no chance of a neighbour watching their children as everyone in Darfur is carrying out the same chores, walking hours to fetch water, tending livestock, and keeping their own children safe.  Mothers do not want their two and three-year old's crawling off, so they will tie their children to their huts, keeping them secure while they are gone fetching water. Can you imagine?

This absolutely had to be stopped. You may not know, but this is one of the reason's we started building Kindergartens.

Of course, there are many compelling reasons why children need to go to school early - in Darfur many cannot start until 9 or 10, or later.   Many mothers can only afford to send their eldest son to school.  If children start education late they have little chance of reaching their full potential.  Children grow up very early in Darfur with virtually no childhood as survival is something every member of a family has to help with, even little ones.  Not only do our Kids for Kids' Kindergartens provide an early education to children, but mothers are no longer forced to tie their children to huts to stop them wandering into the desert.  Mothers can go about their daily chores knowing not only are their children safe, but they are learning, and from the earliest age possible.  They are on the path out of poverty.

Please can you help us continue to build Kindergartens, keeping children safe, and giving them the chance every child deserves at a better future? Tell your friends about this project and encourage them to donate. We have to build more schools as soon as possible.

Every Child Deserves an Education
Every Child Deserves an Education
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