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KIDS FOR KIDS – OUR ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

DARFUR – ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING REGIONS OF THE WORLD

Kids for Kids is one of the few organisations working in Darfur helping villagers in remote regions.  Our grassroots integrated projects have been supporting individual families and whole communities for 16 years: before the violence erupted and throughout the intervening years.
Now, in the absence of virtually all the aid agencies, we are very proud to announce detail of the help we provided in 2016.

REPORT OF ACHIEVEMENTS 1st January – 31st December 2016

There are very few organisations who will give exact details of what they are funding on the ground.  At Kids for Kids, we believe in transparency and in keeping our administration as lean as is feasible.  We would be so grateful if you could publicise our achievements.  Our villages are growing, people are staying in their homes and the children’s health is transformed.  Where are the goats?  They are now safely with their families after the floods delayed delivery.

 

Adopted the communities of 4 Villages                                  

Including in each village:

Aefin (1500 pop), Hillat Minair (1185 pop), Shawat Maki (1050 pop), Um Keddada (2505 pop)
3 Inception Meetings leaders and whole community – provided Project Implementation Manual
Training leaders, committee members (elected democratically), volunteer Midwives, Paravets, First Aid Workers, Children Shepherds Committees
Crossbred Donkeys and mobile phones  for Village Development Committee (VDC) leaders
144 local bred donkeys
14 Paravets trained 14 volunteers (2 per village)
9 Branding tools
Emergency fodder 523 families in Hillat Kharif, Goz Byna, Dor Fazy, Deshma, Kulkul, Mireikhis, Kamala Kira, Hillat Adam Bakhit, Alsahil, Kerati
 

2,546 Mosquito Nets

 

(2 per household) Mugrin, Hillat Minair, Arab Bashir, Aefin, Um Ajaja, Abu Debeisa, Bisharya, Farrdal, Geleidat, Kungur,, Tunjur, Um Judoul, Um Mineikhir, Arid Osmano, Um Keddada, Armal, Armdyat, Godood Makheit, Hillat Abbassa, Hillat Osman, Karkra, Taftuo Albastan, Wama, Um Slilo, Um Kerri, Hillat Hamid Janoob, Shawat Maki, Tabarona, Tura, Um Shijir, Derma, Um Assal, Elkiber, Hajar Sari

Water: 8 Hand pumps Hillat Kharif, The Hazel Oberst Hand Pump.   Amar Gadid, The Tom Neale Handpump.  Azagarfa, The Alex Neale Hand Pump, Dor Fazy, The Gill Neale Handpump.  Abu Digeise, The International School of Brooklyn Handpump.  Hillat Hassan, The Cheam School Handpump.   Byna, The Mary Mallin Handpump.   Kindro, The Umda Aldouma Adam Abud Alrham Handpump
Awaiting 3 Hand pumps awaiting confirmation from Khartoum that water is potable:- Um Ga’al, The Bruce & Diana Hayllar Handpump, Mugabil, the Betty Mallin Handpump, Abu Nahla, The Kids for Kids Handpump.
BiAnnual Review Meetings Um Ga’al, Hillat Hamid, Kindro, Byna –  rewarded prizes to the best beneficiaries, goat loans, + footballs, basketballs, scarves & t-shirts to the Children’s Shepherds Committees.
37 Village Midwives trained including provided uniforms, leather sandals, crossbred donkeys, mobile phones, medical equipment, secure metal storage boxes
5 Health Units constructed 2 rooms, wall, trees, latrines, tables, screens, beds, chairs, towels, cupboards, framed photographs, water, tree seedlings – Um Ga’al, Mugabil, Amar Gadid, Majoub A, Wara
Animal Welfare Drugs (preventive) in 7 villages adopted in 2015 – Alsahil, Deshma, Hillat Adam Bakhit, Kamala Kira, Kerati, Kulkul, Mireikhis –  for 1558 goats and 292 donkeys, including Tetramisole powder, mineral salt licks and vaccines
Veterinary Drugs, Revolving Scheme 7 villages (see above) 11 drugs for the most prevalent conditions, including anti worm, mange, bloat.  Also rucksacks for Paravets
Medical Drugs, Revolving Scheme
10 villages – including antibiotics, Panadol, antiseptic ointment, eye ointment, cough treatment, malarial pills for adults and children, bandages and elastoplast for use by the Kids for Kids’ Village Midwives and First Aid Workers
Sorghum Seed –  replacing crops destroyed by drought and pests
Additional equipment for 4 Kindergartens additional toys including colouring pencils and games
5 Veterinary Units constructed Hillat Kabir, Elfaki Ali, Lawabid, Selei, Kheirban B – provided tables, cupboards, chairs, towels, iceboxes, water carts, tree seedlings

DARFUR, in the far west of Sudan, is one of the most isolated and deprived regions of the world.  Global warming is a reality as the Sahara Desert advances.  Surface water dries in the searing heat of summer yet there can be dangerous floods when the rains come. People survive in the most basic conditions, with virtually no infrastructure – water, electricity, health care, even roads.   Following the outbreak of violence in 2003, and despite the presence of UNAMID, insecurity continues to threaten daily existence.   The absence of the aid agencies has led to incalculable hardship and the deaths of many children from treatable conditions.   Malnutrition is pandemic in villages.   Those in the camps are seeking permanent homes but are afraid to return to their own villages.

Kids for Kids is one of the few organisations still in Darfur.   Our unique package of simple grassroots projects, appropriate to the region has been transforming countless lives long term for the past 16 years.   There are now 82 Kids for Kids’ villages where we work closely with the communities for the first two years, training democratically elected committees to run the projects.   Once a village demonstrates that the projects benefit the whole community, they qualify for further assets, such as Health and Veterinary Units, a community forest or even a Kindergarten.    “It is important to know that what we provide is sustainable” explains Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and now Chairman and CEO of Kids for Kids “I have seen buildings, provided by well-meaning donors, left neglected, as no one has been responsible and, in the hardship of daily life in Darfur, they have become an added burden.”

Kids for Kids training for village leaders in bookkeeping and accountability enables the community to take ownership, including holding Annual Review meetings to report on all the activities.  Patricia says “This results in extraordinary, and sometimes unexpected, long term benefits.  For example, we provide the raw materials and parents at the Kindergartens dig the latrines – often the first in a village.  Their commitment continues – ensuring the children use them, which has a massive impact on the children’s health.  We have PTAs at the Kindergartens and our first PTA at Abu Nahla (a school built thanks to support from Prince Charles) has set up a bursary scheme for the poorest children.”

Our key sustainable project is our Goat Loan – named the “best microfinance project” ever by the Wali of North Darfur not only because of its immediate impact on the health of the children but also the livelihood it gives to mothers.  In 2016, we have provided emergency help to communities which had lost their total harvest during the year.   It was a year of severe drought across sub Saharan Africa.  Darfur was hardest hit.  We also provided emergency fodder where mothers had been unable to store sufficient to see their animals through what are known as the ‘hungry months’ until the next harvest.

Note to Editors:   
•    We have up to date photographs from the Kids for Kids’ Villages & all our projects.
•    Kids for Kids has assisted a total of 376,000 people over 16 years.