An update about your gifts of Goats and Donkeys
We’re buying now! Because life is tough in Darfur we don’t provide animals until there is veterinary care in a village. Paravets are now back home in HILLAT MINAIR, SHAWAT MAKI, AEFIN and UM KEDDADA, the villages we adopted last year. They have their veterinary drugs. The beneficiaries and the Children’s Shepherds Committees are all trained – and at last we can buy goats! The bad news is that the price of goats, and of everything else, has shot up as inflation has soared yet again in Sudan. It is always highest in Darfur. Our new Gift List is available, but already prices are out of date. But we will not let any mother down. Every family promised goats and donkeys when we adopted their village, will have their animals. Thanks to you, we will never let anyone down. Can you imagine being desperate for help to feed your family, hearing you are getting help …. and then it not happening and your children left to starve? Goats arrive in just a few days now.
For 16 years Kids for Kids has been lending goats so that children have goat’s milk. Babies whose mothers cannot feed them have milk to drink. Children who are malnourished, wake up to a cup of milk each day. Mothers have a supplementary income they can rely on – and after two years they pass on offspring to another family. And, over time, the health of the entire village is improved.
As you read this, new little goats will be walking into a village in the centre of Africa and bringing smiles to the faces of the children. Every week the Kids for Kids Children’s Shepherds’ Committees check all the goats and donkeys. Last month, In Dor Fazy, a village we adopted in 2014, the children checked 462 goats. Already there are 306 kids. “It is a great responsibility to check the Kids for Kids goats,” said Hamid (Chairman of the Shepherds’ Committee, age 11 yrs). “If we see a goat won’t get up we report it to the paravet who will make it better. None of the animals has died in our village since Kids for Kids provided veterinary care for us and taught us how to look after the animals.”
Thanks to you, we provided donkeys for the poorest families in our four villages just before Christmas. Those donkeys are busy transforming the lives of their families. To be given a donkey is to be given a new life, to be freed just a little from the drudgery which is life in the remote villages.
More bad news too because we know that the harvest has been less than 30% in many of our villages and less than 10% in some. This means we have to provide supplementary fodder and seeds for planting – we just don’t know how much is needed yet. Please help if you can.