Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan

by Kids for Kids
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
Urgent: Refugee Families Flee Famine - South Sudan
We can't let families become refugees
We can't let families become refugees

These days fewer families are coming as far as Darfur to seek refuge from the famine and poverty in South Sudan and East Africa. We still have Internally Displaced Persons settling in some of our villages, but the number has decreased. However, there is a new problem at hand - famine in Darfur. Many Kids for Kids villages have less than 10% of a harvest which should have fed them through the year because of the extreme lack of rainfall. Parents do not know how they will feed their children and countless mothers have already been left on their own, as fathers and older sons have left home in a desperate search for a way to provide food. The thought of this is absolutely horrible. If families do not get help soon they will become internally displaced - refugees in their own home. 

We are grateful to you all for supporting our project helping refugees, but for now, we will be closing this project.  Honesty is our policy and we do not want to have funds donated to help families fleeing the famine in South Sudan, when we cannot spend the money exactly as promised at the current time. We must now focus our efforts on helping families in Kids for Kids villages survive the famine with which they have been struck.  We have to provide as much emergency aid as is needed to ensure this crisis does not esculate.

On GlobalGiving, we have a number of projects that support our sustainable work in Darfur such as digging fresh water handpumps close to villages, training village midwives, and providing life-saving donkeys and goats. Two of our current projects will help us help families that are suffering the famine.  "Children Face Starvation Now" helps to prevent families in our villages from becoming refugees, giving them food for the children, and provides sacks of seed to plant for next year's harvest.  "Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur" gives families animals that will change their lives and ensure their survival during this difficult time.  Goat’s milk is desperately needed to help prevent children from starving.  Donkeys will help plow the fields and carry clean water.

Thank you so much for your kind donations which helped us to respond when refugees were arriving from South Sudan.  We are so hopeful that you will continue to be by our side as we respond to both the current faminie in Darfur and create sustainable change, saving lives and changing lives forever.  We are small, but with your help, we are effective each and every day.

The links to these projects are below. Your support will help us stop families from becoming refugees in their own homes. 

Little Ones Do Not Deserve to be Hungry
Little Ones Do Not Deserve to be Hungry
Children succumb to famine first - please help
Children succumb to famine first - please help

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We must ensure children do not end up in camps
We must ensure children do not end up in camps

When we started this project, most of the people we were helping were coming from South Sudan to escape starvation and strife.  Now, with news of widespread crop failure in Darfur, we know we will see people seeking refuge from the storms of life right at home.

Even though Kids for Kids is focused on long-term sustainable change, we cannot ignore the present situation in Darfur. Last week, the Governor of North Darfur called for aid because the low rainfall last year has left many villages with a failed harvest. The Government of Sudan does not normally ask for help so this shows just how bad it is- the summer has barely started but the temperatures are already soaring. The failed harvest, combined with soaring inflation and the drastic devaluation of the Sudanese pound has left every village asking for help.

Seed for replanting and fodder to keep goats and donkeys alive until the rains come in June is needed now. We must keep those who have recently arrived in Kids for Kids villages from giving up and falling into the desperation of the huge refugee camps. 

Importantly, seed and fodder can also keep local families from becoming refugees right in their own country.    

Watching the evening news can leave you feeling helpless.  But even a small donation to Kids for Kids can save lives right now and change lives forever.  Anything you can do will mean everything to a hungry family.  

Thank you so very much!

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Help us help refugees in Darfur
Help us help refugees in Darfur

Refugees from South Sudan flee famine and violence in the region, and head to nearby Darfur where they look for safety. We are so grateful to you for helping us help families as they arrive, but we just have to do more. It is becoming ever more important to ensure families are given basic essentials as they arrive. We aim to help build their strength so they do not become a burden to existing families in our villages- families who are already struggling with little. 

This coming year, refugee families will not only be from South Sudan, but from villages in Darfur. With 2018 right around the corner, Disaster and Famine Relief has issued a warning that many villages in Darfur are 'Stressed' whilst many others are already in 'Crisis'. This is because the rains, which initially were so heavy in some places that animals drowned and see was washed away, did not last long enough to enable the crops to grow and vast tracks withered and died, meaning many people will have little to eat in 2018. 

When a report like this is put out, aid agencies often rush in to help and make an appeal to the public for funds to help combat the situation. But this has not happened in Darfur, and it does not look like it is going to. Aid agencies are scarce in Sudan, let alone Darfur, so coming in to help in this situation requires major effort. With everything else going on in the world, Darfur is out of the news whilst families there are suffering. Crops are failing, and inflation is rising, and people are losing hope. Thanks to our sustainable projects which help people to help themselves, Kids for Kids villages provide a safe, secure place for families to flee to. We are not an emergency organisation, but we know we will be called upon to provide  for additional families that have nothing. 

As families look to our villages for help, we need to ensure that the sustainability of our projects is not threatened. We need to be able to help those in desperate need with basic resources. We ask you if you may be able to continue to give to our projects, as we are in urgent need of extra funds for this coming year. Your help is unequivocally essential to the work we do, and we must do more!

If you’re reading this while still doing your holiday shopping-- or before a special celebration like a birthday or wedding anniversary, we ask if you might consider 'Giving a Goat' or another one of the essentials listed on our project page, in the name of your loved one. We send your gift to Darfur and a personalised Gift Certificate to your loved ones. Please contact Mary Jane in the US with the details for the Gift Certificate at MaryJane-US@kidsforkids.org.uk OR our team in the UK at contact@kidsforkids.org.uk - a beautiful way to give back this Holiday Season! Thank you.

People walk a long long way for safety
People walk a long long way for safety
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Kids for Kids projects are implemented to help the community members in our villages be able to provide for themselves long-term. These projects are also incredibly helpful to refugees, who are fleeing the terrible conditions of violence and starvation in South Sudan.  They flee for their very survival.

This summer we have adopted 5 new villages in Darfur: Absharback, Fardal, Geleidat, Um Jadoul, and Hashab Baraka. This means that refugees have more villages to which they can go and to find a place to stay. Our new beneficiaries have been trained in Animal Husbandry, and first aid workers and midwives are undergoing training. We have also finished paying for our submersible pump in Kulkul, which supplies water to 6 villages. This is really magnificent, with a pump this size providing thousands of people with fresh water.  We are so thankful to you all for supporting this incredibly important project!

The refugees who make their way to North Darfur must be helped.  Implementing projects in our adopted villages , has meant that as refugees come into these villages seeking food and shelter, our community members have been able to help them. Through our goat loan program, and planting trees, our villages have had food, and our hand pumps have provided water. Our healthcare centres in the villages have been so important in helping refugees. Wonderful community members have been able to welcome in refugees and share our projects and their resources with others. It is remarkable how far our projects can stretch, and how many people are committed to making them a lasting success. But we still want to do more- we need to provide for more villages, ensuring refugee populations are being helped as much as possible. Mosquito nets, jerrycans, blankets, donkeys, goats, and more are essential to help refugees. Please do continue to support our project if you can, and help us to make sure refugees can find a home in our Kids for Kids villages.

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Safe in Abu Degeise
Safe in Abu Degeise

Families fleeing famine and fighting in South Sudan have been heading to Darfur, their nearerst neighbour.   Because of ongoing violence in South Darfur many families have travelled north and arrived in North Darfur.  This is where Kids for Kids has been adopting villages for the past 16 years, transforming the lives of children and lifting whole communities out of abject poverty and giiving them a chance of a better future.    Many families have taken refuge in our villages.  "I feel so humble that people have opened their doors to these poor families" said Patricia Parker MBE Founder of Kids for Kids.  "Many of our villages have already more than doubled in size thanks to our handpumps, the health care we provide for both humans and animals and all the other projects we introduce, from goat loans to blankets and mosquito nets and much more".   

Amira's little family arrived last month in Abu Digeise.    They were destitute, the children bare foot.   "We have a home at last" said Amira "and my children are even able to go to school.    I had despaired.  It is hard to describe walking each long day, not knowing where you are going or if there will be any help anywhere.    In South Sudan we survived on water lilies when we had nothing to eat.  Now my children have assida and the villagers are helping us.   Perhaps now my children can sleep without nightmares."

Kids for Kids is doing all we can to provide the basic essentials for every family taking refuge in our villages.   If you can help we would be so grateful.  

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