A Special Gift This Mothers Day – for All Mothers!

Looking for something special for your mother for Mother’s Day?

Why not give your Mum a gift that keeps on giving! By donating a goat you will be helping a mother in Darfur to feed her children and to earn a living for her family!

Times are hard in Darfur and we believe that it’s not just our own mothers we should be thinking about and celebrating this Mother’s Day – let’s celebrate and support the mothers of Darfur too!

A goat allows a mother to protect her children from starvation by giving them nutritious milk and provides the opportunity for her to earn an income by selling excess milk and yoghurt. For the first time, a mother will be able to influence her family’s future.

Donate a Goat to Kids for Kids and we will send you a unique personalised Mother’s Day Gift Certificate.

How to Order:

  1. Visit our website and choose the gift you would like to give.  This can be absolutely anything from a Goat, Donkey, TreesMosquito Nets,  Farm Tools,  Education for a child for the year, 100 Club Lottery Tickets, or anything else you desire!
  2. Make your donation online. As you check out, the website will ask you for any ‘Order Notes’ you may have. In this box please write details of the Gift Certificate(s), such as the special event you are celebrating and the correct spelling of all names. Please include To, From, Special Occasion and any other message you would like. Please also detail where you would like it emailed or mailed.
  3. We create a Gift Certificate just for your loved one!  The perfect gift – a gift that keeps on giving.

We give your gift to a family in Darfur, and create a personalised Gift Certificate for your loved one. All our projects are sustainable so your gift will go on to help more and more families each year.

Kids for Kids is helping people to help themselves, stay in their homes, and give children a chance at a better future. Our sustainable projects lift families out of poverty and transform whole communities long-term.  Every donation you make will help us to continue our life saving work in Darfur. 2020 was a difficult year in Sudan, and a lot has changed. Despite difficulties, we were able to adopt eight new villages in Darfur last year.  Your support will make certain we are able to adopt new villages again this year, and help even more families living in horrible poverty.

If you have any questions or need any additional help please email contact@kidsforkids.org.uk.

We are more than happy to help!

 

 

20th Birthday – but is it a time to celebrate?

Kids for Kids celebrates 20 years of helping the forgotten children of Darfur on 8th March this year – two decades in which we have transformed the lives of over 550,000 people in 105 villages in one of the most inaccessible places in the world. A journey that started with a young boy’s seven-hour walk for water across the deserts of Darfur, to a handpump miles from his home.

Whilst this may seem like a time to celebrate, it is a stark reminder that in Darfur our help is still needed. There are still young children and families with no access to clean, fresh water.

The situation in Darfur is still desperate, inflation has skyrocketed to over 250% and is still rising.

This has put our projects at risk – the cost of implementing our key projects has jumped massively. The need for water has always been a necessity but since the arrival of covid-19 into Darfur, the only way communities can protect themselves is by washing their hands. This means that families need more water than ever to keep their families safe. If there are no water pumps locally this means that more journeys for water are needed – either that or forego the only protection that they have against the virus.

Our team on the ground in Darfur has said that our water projects are falling behind schedule. This is due to the cost of installing water pumps increasing day by day. Some of our villages that we adopted in 2017 were due to have their water pumps installed last year – however, work has slowed as materials, transport costs and labour have all increased astronomically.

The current economic climate in Sudan and the uncertainty of costs has meant that Kids for Kids has had to hold off promising new water pumps to villages in case we cannot deliver – access to fresh clean water should be a given in the 21st century but unfortunately, that’s not the case in many areas of Darfur.

Whilst we will celebrate the change that Kids for Kids has brought about for so many people over the past 20 years – we will remain steadfast in our support for the people of Darfur but we can only do this with your help.

Please will you support Kids for Kids so we can carry on improving the lives of children now and for the children of the future?

To donate to our water projects visit: https://www.kidsforkids.org.uk/shop/donations/water-projects/

New Year Message from Kids for Kids

20 YEARS OF PROVIDING REAL LASTING HELP – SUSTAINABILITY IN PRACTISE

2021 is a special year for Kids for Kids, it is our 20th birthday!

Kids for Kids celebrates 20 years of helping the forgotten children of Darfur on 8th March this year – two decades in which we have transformed the lives of over 550,000 people in 105 villages in one of the most inaccessible places in the world.  A journey that started with a young boy’s seven hour walk for water across the deserts of Darfur, to a handpump miles from his home.

I was shocked not just to find a nine-year-old undertaking this exhausting and onerous duty for his family, but even more so when I learnt that under Darfur there is one of the largest aquafers in Africa. At that time other agencies were present in Darfur but none was providing what I consider the right of every child, indeed of every human being, clean fresh water close to their homes.

Since 2001 Kids for Kids’ unique package of sustainable projects has transformed the lives of children across North Darfur.  There was, and still is, virtually no health care in villages. Not just for humans but for their animals too, which they rely on.   As Joanna Lumley OBE, who is Patron of our charity, says “The health of the animals is closely linked to the health of the children.”   Kids for Kids provides not just basic health care – village midwives, first-aid workers and drugs, plus paravets and veterinary drugs for the animals and much more – but the key project is a Goat Loan.   Five nanny goats are lent to the poorest families in a village for two years, then they pass on the same number of healthy offspring to another family.    Beneficiaries are chosen democratically by the village.   By the time rotation is due the little flock will have grown and not only does it mean the children have access to goat’s milk and all its valuable protein, minerals and vitamins, but the mothers have an income for the first time in their lives.  “I was able to make decisions for my family myself” says Asma, Ibrahim’s mother.  “It transformed my life and my children grew up healthy.”    Many children grow up stunted because of lack of protein, this also compromises bones, teeth and even brain cells. Osman Kibir, former Governor of North Darfur said “Kids for Kids’ Goat Loans improve the IQ of our children”.

This year, whilst we celebrate what we have achieved to date, we have had to re-evaluate our policy of adopting new villages each year. Inflation is out of control in Sudan.  People are struggling to feed their children and starvation is a spectre in almost every village.  With the cancellation of all our events we have fewer funds just when we need them most.  The cost of everything is spiralling in Darfur.  I have a horror of raising the hopes of people and then to find we cannot fulfil our promises.    This year, therefore, Kids for Kids will not only provide supplementary food for families, and extend its Soap Appeal to help fight Covid, but will concentrate on supporting projects with the greatest need, but also ensuring long term benefits.   Our aim is to provide real measurable sustainable help so that the prospect not for individual families, but whole villages, are improved.   No other organisations support these isolated communities.  Every child should have the chance of a better, more prosperous future.   Kids for Kids gives mothers hope.  For 20 years we have remained steadfast in our determination to improve the lives of children long term.

The UN has introduced the Sustainable Development Goals, these address the challenges people in third world countries still face. From poverty to inequality, to climate change and lack of healthcare and education, I am proud to say these issues always have and always will be what Kids for Kids works to prevent through our range of projects. We have had 20 years of putting the aims of the world into practise.

Whilst Kids for Kids is celebrating an important milestone, it is also a reminder that after 20 years there are still children and families in desperate need in Darfur.  Since the overthrow of the 30-year government of Omar Bashir in 2019 Sudan has been suffering an economic crisis.  Inflation is now over 250%. As always it is the most vulnerable who suffer.  Children and families are surviving on a single meal of assida a day.

In many countries there are foodbanks that support people in need, but in Darfur this lifeline does not exist. Kids for Kids is the only organisation working in Darfur to support families in this most desperate time of need.

We understand that times are tough for many people across the world,  but in Darfur children lead lives beyond poverty.  No child should be forgotten.  Please can you help this year?   Kids for Kids is showing that real sustainable help is possible.

Link to Relief Web: https://reliefweb.int/report/sudan/birthday-celebrations-kids-kids-20-years-providing-real-lasting-help-sustainability

 

New Trustee for our Birthday Year!

 

Kids for Kids is excited to announce that we have a new Trustee. Liz Sutton, the owner of Delamere Dairy, accepted the position earlier this week. Liz and her husband Roger, founded Delamere Dairy Limited in 1985. Today the company produces and trades speciality dairy and non-dairy beverages with a focus on goat milk, in the UK and around the world.

Liz is a past Chairman of the Provisions Trade Federation – trade lobbyists representing dairy and meat industry sectors. She is a Charity Trustee and holds a number of business Directorships. She has spent a lifetime volunteering and is a Fellow of the RSA.

Liz discovered Kids for Kids through a mutual association with the humble goat and is a long-standing admirer of the charity’s prime focus on sustainable development.

Patricia, our Founder says ‘“Liz and her husband Roger have been friends of Kids for Kids for many years, sponsoring out Candlelit Christmas Concert each year and raising funds through their delicious goat’s milk at the company they started, Delamere Dairy.    I am delighted that Liz is joining our Board of Trustees.   Her experience of building up Delamere Dairy to the successful company it now is, will be of great value to Kids for Kids as we do all we can to extend the sustainable projects we provide to more and more families.   Our shared love of goats brought us together!”

Welcome aboard Liz!

A Christmas Gift with Meaning

Looking for Christmas gifts that will be remembered?   Look no further!

Who wouldn’t love to have a goat, or a donkey – perhaps a tree or even a whole school?

This Christmas give a gift in Darfur, and we will create a personalised specially designed Christmas Gift Certificate  – and send it for you!  You can even order up to Christmas Eve and we will do the rest!

Why not buy a gift with meaning by donating towards our sustainable projects on behalf of a loved one? There are lots of things to choose from, and all of them will change the life of a child in Darfur forever – a beacon of hope during dark times.

Life in Darfur is getting more desperate by the day.  Families are struggling to feed their children. A Christmas Gift for a child in Darfur really shows they are not forgotten.  The people of Darfur need our help now more than ever.

By choosing to donate in the name of someone you love,  you will know that your gift will give the people of Darfur a brighter 2021.

We will send your personalised Christmas Gift Certificate either to you or directly to your loved one, whichever you prefer, just let us know when checking out.  

If you are posting your order to us please do enclose a Stamped Addressed Envelope, or, if possible, please add something for the postage if you are ordering online.    We are or course happy to email anywhere in the world.

Our postal address: Kids for Kids, P O BOX 456 Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2WS United Kingdom

 

Order a Gift Certificate

Donate Another ItemMosquito Nets?  A Set of Farm Tools?   A Clean Water Handpump?   Anything can be donated on behalf of a loved one!

Or why not give all your loved ones Tickets to our 100 Club Lottery – and a year long chance to win up to £500 each month?!

 

Come work with us – Job opening!

CEO’s Executive Personal Assistant/Fundraiser

If you believe in sustainable development and wish to make a lasting difference to children’s lives, please join our small team at Kids for Kids.

We are currently seeking an Executive Personal Assistant/Fundraiser, which is a key role, enabling us to help even more children, showing that sustainable development is possible. You will be determined to make a long term difference in the world and will be helping us to transform the lives of 550,000 Darfur villagers.  The administrative team is small; so your position is hugely important.

We are based in Dorking, Surrey, but you will be working mostly in your own home allowing flexibility for your own life.  We would stress, this is a challenging, and immensely rewarding role requiring someone who is hardworking, efficient and accurate and good at managing their own time.   You will interact with our donors, Patrons and celebrities as the public face of Kids for Kids.

Duties & Responsibilities:
– working closely with the Chairman/CEO to reduce her workload. You will need initiative and imagination to help lead the charity into the next decade.
– you will look after supporters, and our many volunteers, from thanking them for their donations, to keeping them up to date with the latest news from Darfur

– you will be in charge of the office, including maintaining office supplies and our important databases and spreadsheets along with general office duties

–  you will be able to update the website, help organise events, run our social media campaigns and liaise with journalists

– you will excel at writing reports and news leaflets
– you will also manage our biannual mailings and emailing campaigns

– you will be good at detail, as it is essential to maintain our records accurately

Candidate Requirements:

– Experienced, self-motivated, enthusiastic and dedicated, with initiative and the ability to work as part of the small administrative team, but essentially with the ability to work independently in your own home

– Reliable and responsible, and good at detail
– Able to use spreadsheets and formulas from the Access database, pull off queries, remove duplications etc
– Able to coordinate with volunteers, supporters and professionals
– Calm and confident individual, with first-class people skills and excellent organisational and IT skills
– Ability to work on your own, and under pressure

You must have a laptop (not Mac) and Windows 10, MS Office including Access, Publisher, plus a good colour printer and fast broadband.

You will be self-employed as the hours will vary, but which are likely to be a minimum of 25 hours per week. It is important that you live within easy driving distance from Dorking so that you can visit the office once/twice a week, but you will be happy to work in your own home. We also use Zoom for online meetings.

If you are interested in becoming part of our small team please head over to Charity Job to apply:

https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/kids-for-kids/ceo-s-executive-personal-assistant-fundraiser/714670

Appeal for Help as Floods Strike Darfur and Inflation Soars

The people of Darfur are struggling to feed their families as food prices soar. The Sudanese economy is in crisis, with inflation increasing from 144% in July to a massive 167% in August.   The Sudanese Government has declared an economic state of emergency.

Soaring prices mean that people in Darfur are unable to afford to buy basic staples to feed their families. At the same time recent floods have washed away thousands of homes, leaving people homeless. All deliveries to the area are disrupted.   The hardship families are facing every day is unimaginable.

 Picture of a Mother and child in Darfur
Mothers are unable to afford food leaving children at risk.

Widespread flooding means that moquitoes are breeding frighteningly fast so that malaria is on the rise. Children already suffering from malnutrition are even more at risk – the situation is becoming more dire every day. Meanwhile, as in the rest of the world, COVID-19 continues to spread.

Picture of children in Darfur - Kids for Kids
Children are as risk of malnutrition and malaria due to flourishing mosquitoes.

We are calling on our supporters to help by donating to Kids to Kids to support families through this difficult time.

Donate now for the greatest need and your donation will be used where it is most needed in Darfur today!

Alternatively:

Text FLOOD 5 or FLOOD 10 to 70470 to donate £5 or £10 to provide soap and mosquito nets.

Texts cost £5 or £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 or £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text FLOODNOINFO 5 or FLOODNOINFO 10 to 70470.

How to Help This Christmas

A Christmas Gift with Meaning
Give a gift this Christmas that will last long after the Christmas holidays have ended! We have gifts for every budget. From Kindergarten books £20, 100 animal vaccinations £100, a donkey for a family in need £150, or even a water pump £6,500! You can also Donate for the Greatest Need. Every one of these gifts is a vital life line to people in Darfur. We will send a personalised Christmas Gift Certificate to you or to your chosen friend or family member (via email or post).
Visit: www.kidsforkids.org/shop

 

Christmas Coffee Morning
Are you missing your family and friends? On a chilly winter’s day why not catch up for a coffee and mince pie via video call using Skype, Facetime or Zoom? You may have seen our recent Covid-19 appeal, where we are asking for donations to help Kids for Kids purchase soap for families in Darfur? The virus has reached the villages, and we need help to keep it at bay. £20 provides 5 bars of soap to 10 families – that’s just £5 each for you and 3 friends. Have fun and help a family! You can send in your donation here or text:

Text CHRISTMASCOFFEE 5 to 70085 to donate £5 Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS. If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CHRISTMASCOFFEENOINFO 5 to 70085

Bucket List Fundraising
Always wanted to run a marathon? Tackle Ben Nevis or even the Three Peaks? Walk a mile for charity? Cycle to Land’s End or do a family bike ride? Why not scratch something off your bucket list this Christmas and head out and get sponsored for Kids for Kids! Don a Santa hat or some Sleigh Bells and get inspired this holiday season! We’ll help.
Email: anna@kidsforkids.org.uk

Free Money for Charity!
Whilst shopping online for gifts for your loved ones this Christmas, why not raise some free money for Kids for Kids? Using Amazon Smile, Easy Fundraising, Give as You Live or The Giving Machine when you are searching online allows you to raise free donations on all your purchases. It’s free, and easy to sign up. Remember to choose Kids for Kids.
www.easyfundraising.org.uk www.smile.amazon.co.uk
www.giveasyoulive.com www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

Donate eBay proceeds to Kids for Kids
If you are planning on selling items on eBay this Christmas you can donate all, or just a percentage of the money, to Kids for Kids. By doing this you also reduce your seller’s fee too!
Visit: www.charity.ebay.co.uk/charity/Kids-for-Kids/3178320

Sending Christmas Cards this year?
The generous people at Mountbatten Cards donate 25% of the net proceeds from their cards to Kids for Kids. If you are planning to send Christmas cards this year, please buy from Mountbatten Cards and tick Kids for Kids!
Visit www.mountbattencards.com for more information.

Don’t Send a Card this Christmas!
If posting cards is not your thing at Christmas but still want to send Christmas greetings, do use Don’t Send Me A Card where you can reduce your carbon footprint and send Christmas cards electronically with the click of a button – 95% of your order will go to Kids for Kids. Visit www.dontsendmeacard.com