Celebration at Kindergarten opening, Abu Digeise
When we dug our first handpump in 2001 in Um Ga'al, one of the poorest villages in Darfur, it enabled every boy and girl to go to school because they no longer had to spend every hour of every day collecting water. "I went back six months after my first visit to Darfur to check that the money I had raised had been spent properly - providing the hand pump and goats and donkeys for 36 of the poorest families, and to make sure that the volunteers who had set up the first Kids for Kids committee were running the projects properly" said Patricia Parker who founded the charity when she came across a small boy walking seven hours to fetch water. There were aid agencies in Darfur but not one was helping.
Sixteen years later, thanks to you, we have installed nearly 70 handpumps and repaired over 500, and transformed the lives of over 340,000 people. And now our first four Kindergartens are up and running. "They are so successful that the teachers are overwhelmed with mothers begging them to take their children" said Patricia. "Our aim is to provide a Kindergarten in every one of our villages. Please can you help? It is touching to see the children's faces when they see toys for the first time in their lives. Can you imagine - a life without toys? But in Darfur, it is a life without a bed, without electricity, without health care, without shoes, and so often, without food or water."
In 2017 Kids for Kids is planning to build 5 new Kindergartens, 5 Health Centres and 5 Veterinary Centres. Please can you help. "Despite the tragic isolation of Darfur, and the continued violence, we are showing that you can help, one village at a time, even one child at a time. It makes a difference. It is slow, but to see a child grow up healthy, happy and able to stay in his own home is a small miracle. Please will you help us give a future to the children in the villages of Darfur. Let's fulfill their mother's dreams by giving them an education to help them find a way out of poverty."
New School gives chance to children
Chance of a better future at last