How We Work
Patricia Parker MBE (Founder) and Alastair King-Smith (Trustee) aim to visit Darfur and Khartoum at least twice a year, despite ongoing insecurity in the region, which has resulted in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advising against all travel to Darfur. They sit with villagers and hear about their lives.
Since 2012 we have our own office in El Fasher, the regional capital, where our Programme Manager and Project Officer – both Darfurians – work directly with villagers to make sure everything goes where it is intended. They are in daily contact with Patricia via email and SKYPE. Our database is key to ensuring that everything we provide goes to those in need. It contains the names and details of every beneficiary. Funds are only allocated once approved by Patricia and on the production of a minimum of three competitive quotations. Receipts and invoices are scanned and sent to the UK via the internet. There is a dedicated team of volunteers in Darfur made up of village leaders who have formed the Kids for Kids Steering Committee, which is registered by the Humanitarian Aid Commission in El Fasher, which implements the projects and ensures the accountability of each community. It is this detail which makes the difference and ensures that funds not only do not go astray, but that the projects they are intended to provide are long lasting. The result is that Adam Sebil, village leader in Azargarfa said with confidence “There is no malnutrition in Azargarfa”.
“People do not ask us for help” explains Patricia “they don’t want to disappoint us if we cannot help them. What I do is ask them about their lives and help them identify ways which will enable them to improve their own lives. I do not believe in charity, but I do believe in helping families help themselves”.
You can see examples of our projects here: What We Do