KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship.
Kids for Kids adopts whole villages, lifting them out of abject poverty. We are different, because our projects are what people tell us will help them the most. By combining a range of simple grassroots projects we not only make an immediate difference to individual families - their children have milk to drink from little goats - a goat loan which gives us our name - ,a blanket to sleep under, a mosquito net to protect them from malaria - we are transforming the lives of the whole village, providing health care within reach, veterinary care and, most important of all, water near at hand.
CALAIS CRISIS – ARE THE STREETS OF LONDON PAVED WITH GOLD? MIGRANTS THINK SO – WHY?
The Calais crisis in France is a tragedy, but what about the basic cause? Why are so many young men braving horrendous danger to try, by all means possible, to reach London? What are their lives like that they leave their homes and their families with no way to return? “My heart goes out to these young men following their Dick Whittington dream that the roads of London are paved with gold” said Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids. “Compared to the conditions they have left behind, they are right. In Darfur, even small children have to walk up to 20 miles to fetch every drop of water. Yet there is water underground. Children are dying from malaria because mothers cannot afford even a mosquito net. They have to ask their sons to leave, to find money to send home so that they can feed their children.”
Kids for Kids has been helping families living in remote villages in Darfur, Sudan, to build a better life for themselves. “We don’t believe in charity; we believe in helping people to help themselves” says Patricia. “By providing the basics of life, we are helping them to take that first crucial step out of abject poverty. People want to stay in their own countries and their own homes. It is the desperate who have no alternative but to leave and join the ever growing sea of migrants.” To date, Kids for Kids has adopted 78 villages where young men are not only staying with their families, but others are moving to Kids for Kids’ villages because they know they will have a better chance.
UNICEF reports that children in every village of Darfur are malnourished, except in Kids for Kids’ villages. A surge of violence since the start of the year, is exacerbating the already extreme deprivation. “There are no malnourished children in Azargarfa” said village leader, Adam Sebil “Our village has grown from 3,000 to 5,000 since Kids for Kids introduced its whole package of grassroots projects to our community”. Adam is now the Chairman of the group of volunteer Darfurians which works with remote communities to provide Kids for Kids’ projects which, he says, “not only gives direct help to families, but lifts whole communities out of poverty”.
Patricia says “Kids for Kids’ philosophy could be adapted for other regions of the world. We are giving hope to young men who are so desperate that they risk their lives for a chance, any chance. For them, the streets of London really are paved with gold.”
KIDS FOR KIDS is already helping over 350,000 people whose lives have been transformed long term - in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world. This year we have started training eight new communities where village volunteers will monitor projects, such as our Goat Loans, to ensure they will be sustainable. But we need to do so much more. Village leaders are begging us to help. Aid Agencies have left Darfur and moved on to other regions of the world but in the villages of Darfur conditions are worse than ever. Leaders report children who are seriously malnourished, dying from preventable diseases. Malaria caused many deaths last year but mothers cannot afford a mosquito net. Water is often miles away. Children are thirsty. We know we can change their lives, with your help.
We don’t believe in charity, we believe in helping people to help themselves.
We also believe in making your money count and not wasting it on needless administration. Volunteers in Sudan and elsewhere in the world, help us to spend the maximum exactly where you want it to be spent - to help children who cannot help themselves. Founder Patricia Parker MBE says "I feel honoured when people donate their hard earned money because they trust us to do all we can to help children the world has forgotten - and I am not going to spend it on unnecessary administration."
URGENT APPEAL - Darfur: Water is urgently needed to stop children walking miles for every drop. "It is difficult to describe the absolute deprivation" says Patricia. "Three weeks ago some of our villages were attacked and people fled, leaving everything behind. They need help right now and most urgent of all are jerry cans to collect water. Longer term we must repair and install more handpumps, as many as possible. We all know what thirst is - but can you imagine having to walk for hours across the desert to collect every drop? You can name handpumps after your loved ones - a living memorial. Do contact me to learn more."
Families lost their homes and everything they owned. Can you help provide Jerry Cans now so they can at least have water?
Text: JCAN15 to 70070 (max donation allowed on a mobile £10)
KEY PROJECT: Our GOAT LOAN saves lives. We lend 6 goats to a family. There is milk immediately and then an increasing income as the little flock grows. After 2 years, 6 healthy kids are passed to another family in the same desperate need - and the loan goes on, and on. Your gift of a goat could be the best investment in the future you will ever make.
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Education is the way out of poverty. Can you help by donating bricks so we can start to build another kindergarten in a remote village where mothers are begging for our help for their children?"
School bus at our first Kindergarten at Abu Nahla
BUY A BRICK AND HELP BUILD A KINDERGARTEN
Children are struggling to survive in remote villages in Darfur because their mothers cannot afford to feed them. Children go to bed hungry, and wake up hungry. The creation of South Sudan has lead to soaring inflation. Violence has escalaated this year, out of sight of the world. Already this year over 50,000 people have fled their homes, losing everything they ever owned. In March a further 8,000 people fled their homes. We need basics - jerry cans, cooking utensils, blankets, mosquito nets. . Thankfully the harvest was better than last year in many areas, but not in the north of Darfur. "We already know that many families will not have anything to eat in the 'hungry months' this summer. "Can you help please?" says Patricia.
Small Change = Big Changes
when you have so little
DONATE NOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Kids for Kids' projects are key to a better future. We are different. Because we recognise that it takes more than one thing to lift a family out of abject poverty and give them a foot on the ladder to a better future,
Children's hair turns preternaturally pale from prolonged lack of protein - goat's milk is an essential source of protein, minerals and vitamins yet the price of goats has soared.
Please can you help us buy more goats? Our Goat Loans have
been called the most effective Microfinance scheme ever.
Kids for Kids is the only organisation created to help the children of Darfur. Children are living in conditions which are beyond poverty. Even small children walk miles across the desert for every drop of water. They drink water that is heavily polluted and leads to life threatening illnesses. Yet noone is helping. The main aid agencies are no longer there. Foreigners do not go because it is dangerous. Children are in desperate need. Please help us to change their lives. We are showing it can be done. Every penny makes a difference in Darfur.
The sun scorches the sand to a searing heat yet countless children have no shoes to wear. Their mothers have no hope of helping them. Children have never seen a toy, have no books, no bed, not even a blanket. They have little chance of education. Everything has to be paid for. There is no health care in the villages. There are no roads, no transport - you carry your child in your arms to a hospital, where there is no anaesthetic and where you have to pay for treatment - but you have no money.
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We make sure your money goes where you really want it to go - to help the children of Darfur! We make your money go further ..... We really do provide what you ask us to give to help families not, as many charities say, just "where help is needed most" - which could be administration here!
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Kids for Kids,
PO Box 456,
+44 (0)7957 206440
How to donate if you are in America:
US Friends of Kids for Kids
P. O. Box 1296
Pacifica CA 94044
650 952 4042