Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur

by Kids for Kids
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Water - the gift of life - for children in Darfur
Green pasture in Hillat Sabil
Green pasture in Hillat Sabil
Dry Darfur? Not Anymore!
Late July and early August tend to be the rainy season in Darfur and we are delighted that this year the rains have indeed come!
The parched earth is now green with grass. Crops are flourishing, families will have food, animals will have fodder and the people can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Isn't this picture of a green pasture in one of our newly adopted villages, Hillat Sabil, just wonderful!
 
Now we just need to pray that there is no flooding.  Do you remember the frightening floods that destroyed so many straw huts last year and drowned both goats and donkeys?    We are watching carefully as elsewhere in Sudan floods have already destroyed people's homes.   Global warming is a real threat.   In Darfur it is life threatning. 
 
But green pastures really do bring hope for the future. Hope for children and their families, hope for their animals and, particularly, hope for the new villages we've adopted this year.
 
We can now start purchasing Goats for these new villages.
Soon we will be providing the poorest families in these villages with five Goats each as part of our Goat Loan project.
Mothers will be able to provide nourishing goat's milk for their starving children and have the prospect of an income too as they will be able to sell any excess milk. After two years, once the little flock has grown, five Nanny Goats will be passed on to another of the poorest families to benefit. Sustainability at its best.
Can you imagine just how life-changing this will be for these families? And for so many more in the future?
We now need your help to provide these Goats, to give these families hope.
Could you help us by donating a Goat - or five for a whole family?  Goats give hope for a better, healthier, future.
We are so grateful for all your support, we really cannot do it without you - just think how life-changing those Goats will be!
Goats grazing with Kids
Goats grazing with Kids
Beneficiary Woman with new Goat Loan
Beneficiary Woman with new Goat Loan
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Students at the ISB fill their water bottles
Students at the ISB fill their water bottles

Wow!  We are truly thankful to the students at the International School of Brooklyn (ISB) who have managed to raise a whopping $2,800 with their third wonderful Walk for Water!

Preschool and Lower School students carried heavy bottles and jugs of water - just like the children in Darfur have to do every day - as they completed sponsored laps around ISB's block.

The students were so excited to support Kids for Kids that they walked, walked and walked..!

Thank you to all those students and to their wonderful friends and family who sponsored them - you are all superheroes!

The International School of Brooklyn has been an unbelieveable supporter of Kids for Kids for many years now.  Can you help children in Darfur, just like these children have?

It all started when Patricia Parker OBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, went to visit the Southbank International School in North London 21 years ago! A little girl there, Sage, was so enamoured with the work of Kids for Kids that she told her whole family about it and, year after year, always asked for a goat certificate for Christmas.

When Sage's family moved back to the States a few years later, her little 6 year-old brother, Owen, was enrolled at the International School of Brooklyn - and that's when this wonderful relationship began!

ISB decided to do a Walk for Water in support of Kids for Kids and their initial walk was enchanting! The children were excited to walk from the school with their empty water bottles to the Brooklyn Boat Pond where they filled them up with water and carried them back to school again. Funnily enough, they were less excited to be carrying the full water bottles when they became so heavy!!

To think of how many lives the children and families of ISB have managed to save since that first Walk for Water is just incredible and quite overwhelming.

The Walk for Water is an amazing initiative and these vital funds raised will help us dig wells to provide desperately-needed clean water to families and their animals in Darfur.

Thank you so much to the International School of Brooklyn and all your supportive students, friends and families who have managed to raise such life-saving funds.

Could you consider organising a Walk for Water with your local school?

Children love helping children their own age and this would be such a positive step in helping these forgotten children in Darfur have access to one of life's most basic essentials.

Water really is life. 

A little ISB student proudly shows her full bottle
A little ISB student proudly shows her full bottle
Little girl filling up her jerry can at a handpump
Little girl filling up her jerry can at a handpump
Hard work carrying full jerry cans home for miles
Hard work carrying full jerry cans home for miles
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Happy faces excited at the prospect of clean water
Happy faces excited at the prospect of clean water

We are delighted to have received confirmation that no less than six new water pumps have been installed in six of our villages in Darfur - Abu Sinait (A), Aub Sinait (B), Maagla, Derma, Um Isheira and Tartoura Birkat Jaro - and it's all down to YOU! THANK YOU!  These villages have been waiting for far many months, but conditions in Sudan meant that getting spare parts for the drill was a major logistical problem.  The drill is mounted on a massive truck and one of the problems has been getting fuel.   So the news that no less than six villages have water close by at last is the best news possible.

After two long years, amidst the spread of Covid, the military coup and the recent uncertainty and attacks in Darfur, WES has finally been able to start drilling for water and installing hand pumps in some of our newest villages.

Can you imagine just how life-changing this access to clean, safe water will be?

Mothers will no longer fear that their animals and children will perish in the heat; instead they can plan for the future.

Children will no longer have to spend their days walking miles under the hot desert sun to reach the nearest hand pump; instead they will have the opportunity to gain an education and a future out of poverty.  When we installed our first handpump all those years ago in Um Ga'al it meant every little boy and girl could at last go to school every day.   Think what a difference that made to their future.

Drought-resistant trees, planted in the villages to slow the impact of environmental change, will no longer struggle to survive in their early years; instead they will thrive, grow strong and provide much-needed shade, fruits and other by-products for families to sell and from which to make a living.

Water truly is the gift of life and we are so grateful for all your donations to our Water projects.

Without you, we wouldn't be able to consider these life-saving projects - but there is still lots of work to be done!

We are now planning to install hand pumps in another 7 of our newest villages - but we need your continued support.   Please do tell your friends as we never spend donations on advertising.

Please will you consider donating to help us achieve our goals? To help us see fresh, clean water flowing easily in our remote villages? To help us give children the future they deserve? And to help us slow the spread of the Sahara and see Darfur green once again?

Watch our video here of when water was first struck - remarkable!

WES drilling for water
WES drilling for water
Water is struck
Water is struck
Installation begins
Installation begins
Building of the handpump
Building of the handpump
Hand pump ready for use
Hand pump ready for use
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Children of the villages in Darfur, Sudan often have to walk miles and miles across the hot sandy desert for every drop of clean water. Imagine having to miss a day of school, just to get enough water for your family?   In the summer months, many children cannot go to school at all because of the desperate need for water.

Kids for Kids have been working for the past 20 years to provide clean, drinkable and easily accessible water to remote villages in Darfur.   Among our many grassroots projects, we install clean water handpumps in this troubled region where many other charities refuse to work or are not allowed to operate. We fence in our handpumps to keep animals away to keep the water clean and add a trough outside the fence so that they too can drink! We provide water carts and jerrycans to store water.

We train village committees and set up local funding mechanisms so that repairs can be carried out and the water can keep flowing long term. This is real sustainable change. Once the handpump is working, children no longer have to walk for water and can go to school. This transforms their entire future. Families can plant trees and grow vegetables, breaking the cycle of starvation and lifting them out of poverty.

Although Kids for Kids have managed to support over 100 villages over two decades, there are still villagers having to travel up to 20 miles for water in the summer months when the water table goes deep down and every drop of surface water has long since dried. Our most recent report from Hillat Hashab highlighted exactly this. They put in a request for a hand pump as many of the women and children in the village face exactly this challenge, every day of their lives.

This continued need for support highlights how valuable donations are for our water projects. No child, family or community should go without clean, accessible water. A new water pump for a village costs £6,500, which seems like a lot of money, but can there really be a cost put on access to clean water?

Please donate what you can, in order to reach this goal. Being able to provide a water pump to those who are living without clean water is giving someone the gift of life. The gift of a basic human right that we take for granted every day. 

Be the change you wish to see, support the water projects in Darfur and donate what you can, and please share our project with friends and family. Every donation, however small, helps to bring about change. The villagers of Hillat Hashab will thank you. 

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Village in the desert
Village in the desert

During this time of year in Darfur, the air is tense with anticipation.

The desert is devoid of all plants, shrubs and other greenery. Families may have had to eat what little they had to survive.    Without seeds to plant when the rains come what hope have they?

Now they wait for the rains to come - hopefully July.

Whilst rain will bring fresh hope for a successful and bountiful harvest there is the threat that too much rain may come and wash away the seeds and even their homes and livestock - flooding is a real threat.  When houses are made of straw they stand little chance of survival when the rain is torrential as happened last year.

It is during this time that our water pumps are vital to the people in Darfur, despite the hot dry summer they still have access to fresh clean water from below ground.

In the awful event of flooding - our water pumps are more important than ever - despite water being everywhere, floodwaters will be contaminated and unsafe to drink or even wash in.

Because of your support, communities have a water supply they can rely on. Parents do not have to worry about giving their children dirty water to drink, risking sickness and disease.

With inflation still soaring the cost of drilling for water is at an all-time high but there are still hundreds of villages that do not have access to clean water.

Many women and children are spending their days trekking through the scorching desert to fetch enough water for their families.   For some the walk is 20 miles.   It is hard to contemplate.

We are so grateful for everything you have helped us achieve these past 20 years but there is still so much more to be done.

Can we rely on your support to help more families in need?  Water is the key to life.

Village at the water pump
Village at the water pump
Floods in 2020
Floods in 2020
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