Construction of Eight New Buildings Underway!

We are thrilled to announce that construction of eight new buildings – Kindergartens and Health Centre’s – is now underway in Darfur. Five new Kids for Kids Kindergartens are being built in the villages of Lawabid 2005, Majdoub (A) 2007, Kindro 2013, Hillat Kharif 2014, and Kulkul 2015.*  Kindergartens are one of the most sought after projects by Kids for Kids villages because parents know that education is a key route out of poverty, and will undoubtedly provide their children with a real chance at a better future.

Three New Health Centre’s are being built in the villages of Dor Fazy 2014, Mireikhis 2015, Kamala Kira 2015. Before the violence started in Darfur, people could travel to a nearby health centre to receive care. These centre’s closed down when violence began, leaving families today without access to healthcare except for very far away from the villages. We are thrilled to provide healthcare to everyone, as we train first aid workers and midwives in every village we adopt. Providing a health centre makes the lives of these trained professionals even easier, and allows anyone who needs help to get it.

At this stage all eight buildings have already received their first installment of red bricks and the order has been placed for the second installment, as of course the building will be built in stages and we must be careful with funds. The steering committee have authorized the purchase committee to source and prepare to purchase additional building materials like cement, doors, and windows with a local building material agent and two different workshops.

Kindergartens and Health Centre’s are secondary Kids for Kids projects, meaning they are only considered once a village has successfully run our initial basic essential projects and proven they are committed to sustaining them. The most successful villages have the chance to qualify for additional assets, such as kindergartens and health centre’s, by submitting an Annual Report giving full details and evaluation of their projects which is then considered by the Kids for Kids Team. Each village applying for an additional project must be able to provide the labour to construct the building and commit to maintaining it long-term.

We can’t wait to give you more updates on these buildings. It is going to be fantastic when they are up and running, providing essential services to families in great need. In the meantime, if you fancy kitting out our Kindergartens you can donate Library Books or Shoes and Uniforms for the children!  Or help us raise funds for more Kindergartens by donating 30 bricks – or even finance an entire School!

*Please note that the year cited after each village is the year Kids for Kids adopted that village. 

Saying Farewell to Robin Radclyffe

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share with you that Robin Radclyffe passed away unexpectedly in the early hours of Thursday 9th January at home in Dorking.  Robin was the much loved partner of our Founder and CEO, Patricia Parker, and a valued member of the Kids for Kids team.  Many of you will know Robin personally as a friend, or from attending our events over the past 19 years including our annual fishing day which was his inspiration and passion.  We are deeply saddened to have to deliver this devastating news.  Robin will be greatly missed.

The Kids for Kids family express our sincere condolences to Robin’s family and loved ones.  For all those who would like to attend Robin’s Funeral Service, it will take place at 12:30pm on Tuesday 25th February at St Barnabas’ Church, Ranmore, Dorking, RH5 6SP.  Afterwards we invite you to join us at St Mary’s Church Hall, Stoke D’Abernon to celebrate Robin’s life (directions will be provided at the Church). If you wish to share a memory of Robin or express condolences, please reach out to Patricia Parker and family members via patricia@kidsforkids.org.uk or post a message or photo on Facebook.

Robin cared deeply about Darfur and the children and families there.  His personal contribution made a lasting difference to the lives of so many.  He especially loved the way that Kids for Kids is providing water and helping to turn Darfur green again.  Patricia has suggested that if you would like to contribute to a living memorial, we are collecting donations in his name to provide water and trees in Darfur.   Patricia says she is hoping to have a party in the summer to celebrate all of Robin’s contribution to so many.  “Robin would not want us to be sad.  That would be far from his thoughts.  There is no one I have ever known who was more positive about life than Robin.   Let’s remember him as he would like us to.”

Candlelit Christmas Concert runaway success!

Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Timothy West and Lord Cope helped raise an astonishing £25,000 at our Annual Candlelit Christmas Concert.   ‘We were bursting at the seams in the beautiful St Peter’s Eaton Square, thanks to the support of these sensational celebrities” said Patricia Parker, Founder of Kids for Kids, “and the result has raised enough for us to adopt an entire village in Darfur.  Just think of that!”

The concert had been a sell out for weeks and people were being begged for returns right up to the last minute.  “Not surprising” said Patricia “the choirs of Queen’s Gate School who perform for us are exceptional and the children sang their hearts out.   Unforgettable too was the beautiful voice of the gorgeous Natalie Rushdie who sang the much loved Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen with the girls of the senior school.”

We are so grateful to all the amazing people who support the concert, from the volunteers behind the scenes to the master mind of the concert, our new Musical Director, Ian Webb-Taylor.  “It is difficult to explain what it means to villagers when they know their village is to join the 100 communities we have already adopted” said Patricia.

At the heart of the concert is Patricia’s report on the year’s work of the charity in our 2019 Founder’s Christmas Message:

“Where do you start to help when people are so desperate that they risk their lives to make their voices heard?   This is what happened in Sudan this year – a mass uprising of people crying for help for the very basics of life. Shortages even of bread, made people despair.  Yet there was no violence from the demonstrators, despite being met at times by fatal attack.   Their voice was heard.   General Omer Bashir, who held Sudan in an iron grip for 30 years, has been deposed.   There is now a civilian Prime Minister, and he is calling for help for his country.  The country is destitute, its people are destitute. Those living in remote villages in Darfur have an income as little as £25 a year – less than tonight’s ticket.  How can they feed their children?   How can they provide medicines when they are sick?  There is no free health care, no free education.  No wonder the people are calling for help.  We cannot stand by and let children suffer, wherever they are.  Every child matters – look at our wonderful children this evening.

Thankfully, for 18 years you have enabled Kids for Kids to help.  For me it is a huge responsibility, and this is why I need your help.  Mothers across Darfur watch helpless as their children die.   But not in our villages.   There are now 100 Kids for Kids’ villages, over half a million people, to whom we have provided all the things that families have told us are the essentials to enable them to lift themselves out of abject poverty.  Life in Darfur would be frighteningly basic for you and for me – our home, a hut built from straw – unable to mend or rebuild it when the crops fail.   Water from a handpump at least half a mile away, wherever the drill has found a crevice to reach the water table underground. Up to an unbelievable 20 miles in the hottest months of summer.  Walking for every drop.  Our only transport, a little donkey.   And the health of our children reliant on our crops.  We would have no choice of food.  We eat the same assida every single day, every single meal. I am dreading hearing what people will have to eat when they reach the ‘hungry months’ of summer.  The coming months may be the hardest ever.

Our key project, our goat loans, provide not just proteins, minerals and vitamins from the milk from our goats and diversification when crops fail, – but they give women a livelihood.   The most successful, after she has passed on kids to another family in need, has a flock of about 22 goats.  All her own.  Something unbelievable when a goat now costs £50 – remember their annual income.    It is the road to a better, albeit, simple future.   Give a Goat this Christmas and we give you a personalised Christmas Certificate  – and you are giving a gift that transforms life for a child.

In Sudan natural disasters take many shapes.   Not only is there a shocking lack of infrastructure because the previous government concentrated on defence and security, neglecting the welfare of its people, but drought is now much more frequent.  18 years ago it was cyclical, every seven years, and people had coping mechanisms.  Those have collapsed as drought becomes more frequent, and violence has taken its toll. There are pests such as locusts and rats that attack the crops, and disease threatens both flora and fauna.   Mosquitoes have spread malaria, so that last month there were 8,000 people with malaria in hospital in El Fasher, the regional capital.   Many more were unable to reach hospital.

Our aim has always been to prevent problems from becoming catastrophes.   We provide two mosquito nets for each hut.  I am told that those alone have reduced the incidence of malaria by two thirds in the villages.   How about giving Mosquito nets for Christmas this year?  Just £15 and you are giving life.

Our motto is ‘One goat at a time’- and every two years another family, and then another and another, reap the benefits of that one goat loan.  Remember just £50! (So, a goat and a mosquito net?)   It is the same with all our projects.   Everything we do is sustainable – no not the buzz words you hear other charities using, but the real thing.   Real measurable difference.   And how do we know – well one leader walked 90 miles with his little donkey to come to tell me that every year, before Kids for Kids adopted his village, children had died needlessly, heartbreakingly, from malnutrition, malaria, infections which they could not withstand, because they were too weak – all preventable.   He wanted me to know that not one child had died like this since we – since you – helped his village.

This year, a year when conditions have been the worst I have known, and with little prospect of improvement unless the international community steps in quickly, we have adopted eight more villages.   We have trained 37 village midwives who are back at home, saving lives.   In October alone our midwives in 21 of our villages delivered 154 healthy babies.  They provided health care pre and post birth.  They advised mothers, many of whom had virtually no education and cannot read or write, how to care for their newborns. And they teach women the dangers of female genital mutilation.

Ever since violence started in Darfur, travelling anywhere has been fraught with danger.      With no health care in villages, many problems have gone untreated because of the dangers of travelling long distances.   In our villages we also train first aid workers – it is not enough, but they make a real difference when there is no other health care within reach.  Just 20 first aid workers last month treated 214 people.   They also teach hygiene and because they are on hand, they prevent problems from escalating.

Nor is there is any veterinary care.   When lives depend on the health of their animals, training paravets and providing veterinary drugs is one of the first things we introduce in every village we adopt.   Last month our paravets saw 2,766 animals.  And we are building five Kindergartens and five Health Units. Despite the enormous difficulties created by the lack of fuel, the drilling rig has dug five successful handpumps, and there is clean water for another 1,250 people.

So why is our big Appeal this Christmas, trees?   You and I know from the news of drought and wildfires across the world, with soaring temperatures, and of exceptional rain even in our own country causing unprecedented floods, that climate change is a reality.   In Darfur they are at the forefront, facing the encroaching desert – sand covering everything and even in every mouthful they eat, as the wind blows across the flat and increasingly barren land.   This is the reality of the climate emergency, of life at the sharp end.

We have been planting trees wherever we can.   When I first asked the village leaders if they wanted trees, they initially said No, because they attracted birds which would eat their crops.   Now, with education, they are begging me for trees.  Yet caring for them is challenging.  When every drop of water has to be carried, often for miles, it is a labour of love, of optimism and of hope. To see a green canopy over straw huts, is a beautiful sight.   To sit in the shade of a tree, when temperatures soar, is beyond price.

Please help me to plant more trees.   If you are having a Christmas tree – even if it is one you bring out each year – please give a tree for a family in Darfur.   You will love our Christmas Gift Certificates.   We have them at the back of church.  What a wonderful way to solve your Christmas present list right now!   Off set your consumerism by giving back something life saving – whether it is a little goat, a donkey, mosquito net – or a tree.

Children, my friends, please don’t go home and forget Darfur.   There are families who need our help. Don’t wait for the world to respond, let us help the helpless, together.”

 

To download and share a copy of our Founder’s 2019 Christmas Message please click here.

All photos of the event from the brilliant Michael Blyth Photography. 

Brussels Scouts Relay for Darfur

On November 25th the Central Brussels Scouts held a relay race in Parc Cinquantenaire – raising €982.50 (£844) for Kids for Kids!

The Scouts are made up of two troops, Tuvalu and Tonga, who in turn each ran 5km in the relay – completing their goal of 10km! The scouts were all sponsored by their friends and family in this fantastic fundraising initiative.  Parents baked lots of goodies to sell at the event to those who had come to watch and cheer, and even joined in to run the final lap with the scouts.

Scout Mother, Nadia, told us all about the day:

“It was a glorious autumn day here in Brussels and the event was held at Cinquantenaire Park. We had loads of homemade cakes and biscuits for sale (we even had to stack some under the table because we had so many!) to replenish the runners between their relay rounds. Supporters also enjoyed the sweet treats – we sold almost all of them! It was such a fun and joyous event, filled with good spirit and a great sense of purpose.”

We are so grateful to the Brussels Scouts for their fantastic effort and energy put into this relay event!  The troop has made their donation of 950 Euros (roughly £812) to Kids for Kids, to go to the project where it is most needed at the moment, and we have therefore decided to put their hard earned funds towards purchasing goats for children in Darfur! Goats milk changes the lives of children in Darfur who are malnourished because there is very little food to eat, resulting in a lack of essential proteins and nutrients.. By giving goats to families in need, children will grow big and strong! Thank you so much, Central Brussels Scouts. We are thrilled to be able to donate more goats as we help more families and adopt more villages.

To learn more about our Goats and maybe donate one yourself(!), please click here.

Enterprising Woman of Jafaina Thinks Towards her Future

We are so proud and delighted to hear stories of the women in our villages who are doing remarkably well, and creating a future for themselves and their families. We wanted to share with you one recent story, from Jafaina Village in the south of North Darfur, which we adopted only last year in 2018, and which is already showing significant changes towards a better future. 

The photo above is of Hawa, 32 years old, married, with three of her five young children.  Hawa’s husband is a farmer. In September 2018 Hawa received five goats and one local breed donkey from the Animal Loan Committee, along with basic essentials including two blankets and two mosquito nets to protect and keep her family warm at night. Kids for Kids also provided vaccines for the animals, anthelmintic and worming treatments.  Preventing disease is essential to enable Hawa to build up her flock.

After the rainy season last year Hawa’s goats produced two kids and this year they produced five more kids! After just one year, Hawa now has 12 goats in total – and four of her nanny goats are currently pregnant!   She has done very well in keeping her promise to take good care of her animals – the same promise that all Kids for Kids beneficiaries make before receiving help from the Animal Loan Committee. Hawa has made sure that the goats have access to an area of shade from the hot desert sun at all times. She made sure to collect bits of trees, grass, and dry fodder so that she could create a Tabana near her home where the goats can graze. The goats have provided milk to feed her children, plus yoghurt that she has made to sell in the market!

Her donkey has been a great help in bringing water from the hand pump, as well as helping to plough the farm. Hawa’s husband has been able to harvest a variety of items on a further 2.5 acres of former scrub grass land including more of the staple crop millet, tomato and okra. Hawa’s donkey has also made it possible for her two eldest children to attend Kindergarten in Turra village, which is 6km away.

After the next goat rotation happens, and five of Hawa’s goats are passed along to benefit another family in the village, Hawa wants to once again increase her flock so that she can sell extra billy goats, keeping the female goats to provide milk for the family and sell yoghurt and butter in market.   Once she has ‘paid back’ her goats the flock is hers – and for the first time ever she will be able to make decisions for her family.

One really exciting thing that Hawa has been doing is making handicrafts from fronds (a tough grass grown in some parts of North Darfur).  Fronds are used to create the material for the roofs of houses, woven together to create trays to cover food, baskets, and sometimes even handbags. Hawa has been making mostly baskets and food covers to keep the flies away, which she has been able to sell at the El Fasher and Turra Markets to earn an additional income.

Most of the Kids for Kids villages are in the north of North Darfur, where the need is greatest, and where these fronds do not grow, as the conditions are much harsher, hotter and drier.   This means Hawa is one of few who have been able and enterprising enough to take advantage of these materials, to engage with another way of earning an income to support her family!   Life is really tough in Darfur but Hawa is showing how to make a real lasting difference for her family.   Good luck Hawa!

St Swithun’s School Raises £3,000

On Monday 30th September Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO of Kids for Kids, visited St Swithun’s School in Winchester to explain to the students and staff at assembly about what we have been able to do in Darfur, Sudan with their invaluable support last academic year. In September 2018, St Swithun’s School adopted Kids for Kids as their international charity of the year and raised over £3,000 which they are putting towards our key project – Goat Loans!  We are proud that we enable our supporters to choose exactly which project they would like to support.

Goats are a wonderful choice as they are the best microfinance investment!  Goat’s milk is the closest thing to a mother’s milk and provides essential protein and nutrients for children in Darfur who are malnourished.  Just one cup a day changes a child’s life. Women can sell surplus goat’s milk at market and earn the first income they will have ever received. We are so grateful to St Swithun’s for recognising the importance of our work, and making an amazing effort to help the forgotten children of Darfur this year.

Patricia met Paul Wallington, Head Teacher Ms Jane Gandee, and Head Girl Maria Solovyeva – a team of people that has been instrumental in fundraising for Kids for Kids this year. Patricia was delighted to present Certificates to Alice Calder and Emma Paterson whose personal effort raised £1,293.75.  “Emma and Alice showed that every one of us can have an impact on someone’s life” said Patricia. These two young girls were so moved by the mission of Kids for Kids that they decided to support the charity by taking part in the New Forest Half Marathon!   The girls have chosen to fund the repair of a handpump in Darfur and to build a Latrine. Please read more about their amazing achievement here.

“It was very special to be able to congratulate Alice and Emma” said Patricia “and I am more delighted than I can say that they are determined to support Kids for Kids next year.”

We are looking forward to visiting St Swithun’s School in the future, and have our fingers crossed that they will adopt us as their charity for 2020-21.  In March 2021 Kids for Kids will celebrate its’ 20th Birthday and we would just love for St Swithun’s to be a part of that!  “St Swithun’s is such a special school giving the girls everything needed to contribute to the future of us all.    This is why it has been so special to see their enthusiasm and understanding of Kids for Kids.   Each one of them by supporting our microfinance goat loans has changed children’s lives long term.   What an achievement!”

Students from St Swithun’s will be joining us as ushers for this year’s Candlelit Christmas Concert. See you all there!

 

Latest News: Autumn 2019

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There are major changes in Sudan, with a new Government and the promise of democracy. See what this means to families living there – and to Kids for Kids:  Read News from Darfur now. 

Regular Giving and Children’s Champions

It is almost impossible to plan projects without knowing what funds we have!  Regular Donations are our lifeblood. Whether a monthly donation of committing to three year’s of supporting projects of your choice by becoming a Children’s Champion would make a massive tangible long term difference to how much we can help.

Read about Regular Support here!

Do come to our Candlelit Christmas Concert

The absolutely fabulous Joanna Lumley OBE will be providing the perfect start to your Christmas Season on Thursday 5th December at St Peter’s Church, Eaton Square, Belgravia.   Join the choirs from Queen’s Gate School and other celebrities for Christmas Carols, Mulled Wine and more!

Buy your tickets online now or by filling out our invitation here.

Planting Trees for Christmas

This Christmas Season we are encouraging you all to not only buy a tree and decorate it in your own home, but to give the gift of trees to children in Darfur!  Donate trees on behalf of a loved one this Holiday Season – we plant your trees in Darfur and send you a personalised Gift Certificate!

Read about our Trees now!

Trees For Christmas! The Perfect Gift.

Buy a tree for Christmas here, and a tree for children in Darfur 

Kids for Kids provides sustainable help to families in remote villages.  Your tree will help turn the desert green again!  If you donate a tree to be planted in Darfur this Christmas, you are giving children a future. 

It costs just £10 for one tree to stabilise the desert and provide shade to children. £15 buys three trees that will help fight climate change in a region rapidly turning to desert.   £45 will provide 20 fruit trees by the straw huts  which are home for children in Darfur. Small donations create big change – plant trees now!

Order our special Christmas Tree Certificate – personalised for your loved one!

Give a Tree for Christmas!

 

Order a Gift Certificate

Donate Another Item – Goats?  Donkeys?  Mosquito Nets?  Or maybe 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?!

Young Students Raise Valuable Funds

Big challenge for girls at St Swithun’s School – but it was Emma and last minute entrant Charlie who ran in the recent New Forest Half Marathon! Emma and Alice were supposed to run together but sadly Alice hurt her foot during training – so Charlie stepped in with less than a day’s notice and ran in her place!  What a star.

St Swithun’s School in Winchester selected Kids for Kids as Charity of the Year for 2018-2019 and after hearing from Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO, Alice and Emma were inspired to raise even more funds in their spare time! Over the past few months the girls have been raising funds online for their run.  We are so grateful to them for their hard work, both training and fund raising.

The total thus far of a brilliant £1,293.75  will go straight to Kids for Kids’ life saving projects in Darfur. The girls have decided that they would like to spend the funds to repair a clean water hand pump and to build a new latrine in a village in need. Repairing a water pump means clean water close to a village, for families that have gone so long without. “There is nothing more disheartening than to see a handpump irreparable because the cost is too much for villagers to raise” says Patricia. “Families incomes have crashed in recent years.   They were poor before, now inflation and soaring costs has meant many families cannot afford even essential.”  A latrine ensures children are protected from deadly infections picked up through poor hygiene. Elsewhere in Sudan cholera is again rife.   “It is essential we do all we can to ensure clean water and good hygienic practises – and latrines are the key” says Patricia.

“Thank you to all who have supported these wonderful young people.   Charlie – your support made it happen.   I hope Alice, you recover quickly, and that you all remember what you have achieved for a very long time to come.   Thank you to all your supporters.   Together you will have changed lives for children so far away. It just goes to show what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.  No one is too young to make a real change in their world.”

It is not too late to support the run – you can still donate!  Visit their giving page and help Alice and Emma raise even more funds that will change lives drastically in Darfur.

“We feel privileged to have helped such an inspirational charity with such a moving ethos” says Emma. And you really have!  We can’t wait for next year’s run.

Alice, Emma, and Charlie are a real inspiration to us. They have shown just how big a difference you can make to the lives of others, and of course how much fun you can have at the same time!  If you are interested in supporting Kids for Kids by taking on a personal fitness challenge and raising life-saving funds at the same time we would be thrilled to hear from you. Please check out our charity challenges or get in touch to let us know of your own challenge: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk / 07597206440

Would you like to take part in next year’s New Forest Marathon?  Check it out now!

Prudential RideLondon: 100, it’s only a number!

Julian Taylor cycled in this year’s Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100 which took place on August 4th. The event is held every year in August and gives cyclists the chance to ride on closed roads in the centre of London, out to Surrey and back again completing 100 miles round trip!  We are delighted to share with you a personal account directly from Julian of his experience. It is certain to inspire you to take part next year!  Read more about the Prudential or get in touch to express your interest in the 2020 Event.

100, it’s only a number!

by Julian Taylor

“I have wanted to ride in the London Surrey 100 and have entered through the ballot a number of times without success, so it was great to be able to enter and raise money for a great charity at the same time. When we were made aware of the opportunity my eldest daughter Sophia said she would really like to enter as well.

I undertook a fairly disciplined approach to training, taking in some steep hills and long rides to make sure that I was prepared. Sophia meanwhile took the “it’ll be alright” approach.

The weekend of the event arrived far more quickly than I expected and started with registration at The Excel on the Saturday where we went to pick up our numbers and a very generous free water bottle!

I must admit to not sleeping much that night due to nerves and knowing we had to be up at 4.45am to get to our starting position. The day started with 2 Shredded Wheat and then believe it or not a 7 mile bike ride to get to the start. We were positive and called it a warm up.

As with all large events there is a lot of hanging around before you start, but the marshalling and organisation was excellent. We were right at the front of Orange wave M overlooking the Olympic stadium as we waited to start.

We started the ride at 8.20am after a big countdown and we were off with adrenaline flowing and hearts pumping, trying to remember the sage advice of don’t start too quickly! It was fabulous right from the start. Riding a bike on closed roads is fairly rare and privileged thing to be able to do. With all concerns about cars vans and lorries removed along with the need to stop for junctions, traffic lights or roundabouts you do travel far more quickly than normal.

You will have to excuse this Yorkshireman for not remembering or knowing the exact route details, but we flew round Trafalgar square, went past the V&A and out over Chiswick Bridge before heading through Richmond park and past Hampton Court. We were loving every mile and keeping up a great pace as we headed out into Surrey.

Surrey was green, leafy and had a couple of small hills that we needed to get up. Leith Hill was the pick of the bunch. Lots of people were walking, but we made it up. Each corner you came to you thought this is it, only to go round and find a bit more hill!

I waited at the top for Sophia and the ride down the other side was worth the climb. Tactfully I didn’t discuss the disadvantages of  “it’ll be alright” training compared to hill training!

We passed through some familiar places as we have family in Leatherhead. I was really disappointed that they hadn’t chalked our names on the road! But we were heading for home and back inside the M25. Sophia’s Legs metaphorically fell off at about 75 miles and I had to be there cycling next to her with useful fatherly advice like “just keep turning the pedals”. I won’t disclose her response.

The last challenge was Wimbledon Hill at 90 miles which everyone said is awful. There were big crowds, bands and lots of encouragement and we floated up the hill pretty easily. At this point Sophia realised she was just about there and the smile came back.

We came back into Central London over Putney Bridge and what an amazing finish, heading along the Embankment before taking in Horse Guards, The Houses of Parliament and of course an absolutely Iconic finish down the Mall towards the Palace.

Thank you to Kids for Kids for the chance to ride. It was an amazing experience and made all the better by knowing that we were raising money that will help to make life more sustainable for some of the most disadvantaged children in the world.

If people want to add to our sponsorship, you can donate at  https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/julian-taylor-wtk-PRLS-2019-36992 and many many thanks to the people who have generously supported us. We will be back next year!

Julian

 

Are you interested in taking on a challenge and raising funds for Kids for Kids?  Find out what challenges are available or get in touch to tell us of your own challenge!

Cyclists cross the Finish Line!

This year we were absolutely delighted to have four cyclists taking part in the 100 mile cycle from the middle of London into the beautiful Surrey Hills and the famous slopes of Box Hill – mean feat!

Representing Delamere Dairy, long time supporter of Kids for Kids, Alan and Stuart took on this weekend’s cycle and have raised £2,000 (so far!) that will go directly to Darfur!  “It was so much better in the dry this year – last year I was soaked to the skin before crossing the starting line!” said Stuart. “The better weather meant both Leith Hill and Box Hill were fully open, so we completed the full 100 miles. We told other riders and spectators about Kids for Kids whenever we could. All the best!”

Newer supporters of Kids for Kids, Julian Taylor and his daughter Sophia also took on the Prudential cycle and thoroughly  enjoyed it.  “Thank you to Kids for Kids for the chance to ride. It was an amazing experience and made all the better by knowing that we were raising money that will help to make life more sustainable for some of the most disadvantaged children in the world,” said Julian.  Julian has written all about his experience preparing for this challenge and then taking part. It is sure to inspire you – read here!

“I am beyond grateful!” said Patricia Parker MBE, Founder and CEO. “All our riders have been absolutely brilliant in raising funds for Kids for Kids and they did a fantastic job in their cycle. It means so much to us to have people take on such an intense challenge, knowing they are helping children with so little in Darfur.”

We are so grateful to these cyclists for their hard work training and fundraising in advance of the event. There is still time to support them via their fundraising pages. Anything you donate will go straight to Darfur.

Support Alan and Stuart!

Support Julian and Sophia!

And don’t forget to read Julian Taylor’s Personal Account of the 2019 Prudential RideLondon!

 

Sudan is in Turmoil – Please Help

Over the past months, Sudan has been in turmoil, not just in the capital, but across the entire country. People have taken up the cry “We are Darfur” at last realising the tragedy of life in Darfur since the violence started in 2002.  Families in Darfur have faced violence and uncertainty for years.

In a time when people are creating fake instagram accounts pretending to raise funds to help get food to those in great need in Sudan, we want to assure you that there is something real you can do to help. To make an immediate and long-lasting difference to children’s lives during this time of uncertainty please support Kids for Kids, the only charity created specifically to help families in Darfur.  With the help of volunteers from the 92 communities we have adopted to date, we have been providing life saving and life transforming grassroots projects since 2001. Today we can say we have helped over 500,000 people in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world – but there are thousands more in dire need.

We are glad to tell you all that during the internet outage that plagued the country until just recently, we have still had news coming in about all our projects from our Programme Manager, Salim, and our Project Leader, Hassan. The news has all come via texts – a very difficult and time consuming method – but incredibly important so we could stay up to date with all that was happening. Their hard work and dedication has kept us able to function and continue working despite the lack of internet. There is no electricity in villages,  but internet in El Fasher (backed up by a generator when the electricity fails – which is frequent) means we are normally in touch on a daily basis with our wonderful team.

Latest News:  The bi-annual goat rotation and review meetings in Hillat Minair Village, adopted in 2016 were held on Monday 15th July, in Um Keddada (2016) on Wednesday 17th July, and Aefin (2016) on Monday 22nd July. This means even more families now have goats, and that means milk for their children.  Their lives will be changed for good.

 

Did you know that children died from starvation in 2018 in Darfur?   The world did nothing. But now you can help. One of our key projects is a Goat Loan Programme.  Our Goats mean milk with urgently needed protein and nutrients for children who suffer malnutrition, and excess milk gives an income for women, who sell surplus goat’s milk and yogurt at market.  We are providing goats for the poorest 353 families across eight villages in urgent need – can you help?

A goat costs just £50, but anything, however small, will help us to make a difference in one of the most neglected regions of the world. Please donate now if you believe in the future of Sudan.

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