Hope for children who have never had a home

by Kids for Kids
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Hope for children who have never had a home
Hope for children who have never had a home
Hope for children who have never had a home
Hope for children who have never had a home
Hope for children who have never had a home
Neama & family have a home & future!
Neama & family have a home & future!

So many people in Darfur need your help to have hope for a home...both local displaced people and refugess fleeing familine and violence.  The culuture in Darfur is that one does not refuse help to anyone who arrives in a village, even when that means your own family does not eat.

At Kids for Kids, with your help, we are doing everything we can to give those in need what they need to build a home and a secure future.  That means seed, plows and donkeys; jerry cans for water, the most simple of cooking tools, blankets, mosquito nets and of couse, goats, whose milk can conquer malnutrition and offer a future.

To be most efficient and effective, we are combining our Hope for Children Who Have Never Had a Home project (#23051) with our project, Refugee Families Flee Famine (#27410).  Famine, violence and homelessness know no boarders.  

A recent UN study reports malnutrion in every village in Darfur--except in the villages adopted by Kids for Kids.  Hope and the seed and tools for planting mean a new life.  Jerry cans for clean water from a Kids for Kids pump and goats milk for protein bring health and joy to that new life.

We hope you will continue to support our projects that help the poorest of the poor in Darfur, be they refugee or local child.  Water, goats and donkeys, training for midwives, kindergartens and more, provided in a very effecient, effective and sustaniable, locally-empowering way is what KIds for Kids does everyday with your help.

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We have had such a busy summer, adopting 5 new villages, and starting up our projects there. Our new villages, Absharback, Fardal, Geleidat, Um Jadoul, and Hashab Baraka have just held Inception Meetings, to ensure each community understands the importance of democratically electing not just those who will run our projects, but also the beneficiary families.  Beneficiary families are the poorest in the community and we now have all the details of the first families  who will receive the first flocks of goats.  Goats bring nutrition to the children and a chance to sell extra milk, and thus an opportunity for a stable home!  This is really wonderful and we couldn't have done it without you!

And, of course, there is always more to do. We are working hard to make sure everyone in our villages can have a home. This always proves challenging.  As refugees leave the camps in hopes of starting a life, villages welcome them in and give them some land but nothing more. It is essential that these families are able to build homes and start again in life.  In the five new villages we have adopted this year, there will be local families and new arrivals all hoping for goats, donkeys, plows and seed for planting and more...and a new life and home ahead.

We would be so grateful for your continued help, as we implement our sustainable projects in these new villages, and strive to adopt more. 

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Home in Darfur
Home in Darfur

“Is this really our house?”

 

Zara was born in Al Salaam camp on the outskirts of the regional capital El Fasher four years ago.   She has never known life anywhere else.    She has heard her parents talking about their home in their village but had no idea what they meant.   Her family had fled the village when the Janjaweed attacked it ten years ago.    They fled with just the clothes they were wearing.    At first they lived in a plastic tent at the camp but then they were able to build a hut and to start some sort of a life, but it was hard.   Ahmed, Zara’s father, said “we did not starve thanks to the United Nations World Food Program but we had not land we could cultivate to grow our own food and no animals.   My wife became more and more unhappy.” 

 

Today people are being encouraged to leave the camps and to return to villages but many have new people living there and without possessions they have no means to start a new life.   This is why Zara was so overwhelmed when the villagers in Abu Nahla offered her family some land and help in building a hut.    It is the first real home Zara has had.  

Kids for Kids has been providing these new families in our villages with the basic essentials of village life, including goat loans so that the children have milk and mothers have a livelihood for the first time in their lives.   Zara, like many other children, at last has a real home.  

 

Can you help us help other children like Zara please?

 

A Real Home
A Real Home

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Home at last
Home at last

Violence continues in Darfur but there are no reports in the media.  The world is silent, whilst children and their families flee across the desert.    They are coming now from South Sudan in their hundreds, in their thousands, and they are taking refuge in Darfur.    But Darfur suffered one of the worst droughts for decades in 2016 and conflict there has continued for the past 14 years.    The UN reported that children in every village were malnourished and in the vast camps, where people first started to settle so many years ago, conditions are rapidly deteriorating because the aid agencies are no longer there.  

Yet there is good news.  Thanks to the wonderful people who have donated to Kids for Kids through Global Giving there are now 82 Kids for Kids villages.   Our integrated projects - things that the villagers themselves said would help the most - are strengthening whole communities.  These people, despite their own problems, are now helping new families.  Not only are families moving to our villages from the IDP camps within Darfur, but now refugees from South Sudan are joining them.   Children have a home at last having had no other life than in a tent, or after walking for miles upon mile from South Sudan, in an effort to escape violence.   "It is hard to describe what it means to have a home at last" said Elfadil Ali the leader of the Kids for Kids village Elfaki Ali which we adopted in 2011 "we help them build a hut and find them some land."  In Kamala Kira nearly 100 people arrived recently.  The Kids for Kids Animal Loan Committee went round every household and asked for donations to help them.  These are people who know what it is to watch their children starve. 

Can you join hands with them and help us to provide the essentials so that children can have a secure, safe home at last?   Emergency aid may save many lives, but we want to do more than that, we want to give children a home and a future.  

In search of a future
In search of a future
New house built by the villagers
New house built by the villagers
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With your help, Kids for Kids is working hard to bring life-changing  goats and donkeys, clean water, ploughs for successful crops and more to the villages we adopt in Darfur, Sudan.  And now we have added the Welcome Packs project to help hungry refugee children and their families settle and stay when they have arrived in one of our Kids for Kids adpoted villages.

We would like to thank you for helping us get started on this project in 2016.

Not since World War II have there been so many refugees in the world.  If we can help families to stay and flourish in their villages--and if we can help families fleeing violence to stay locally in Darfur and never reach huge refugee centers, well-- imagine the difference you have made!!

We will continue our work in the year ahead and hope that you will help us create more Welcome Packs.  We currently have over 500 bags of seed and 900 little goats on their way to the new villages we have adopted and to help in well-established villages that are are receiving new families.  Your gift to help create Welcome Packs will help some of those families rebuild their lives and create a home.

Unfortunately, inflation is running incredibly high in Darfur and we will have to face that reality on everything going forward.

Whether today, tomorrow or in the months ahead, would you consider telling friends about Kids for Kids?  We do not spend on advertising so you can be sure any donation you make to Kids for Kids will have every penny put to efficient, effective use, giving people the tools to feed themselves, receive paravet and midwife training, clean water, goats and donkeys and so much more.  

When you wish to change the world, save a life or become a superhero, we can help you actually do that one child, one family, one village at a time, with the click of a button on Global Giving.

Warmest Regards,

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