Fundraising

Here are just a few of the ways you could help to raise much needed funds :

  • Host a “Smallest Coffee Morning“!
  • Run a garage sale, or a stall at your local fair, to attract donations while also raising awareness
  • Why not organise your own event?
  • Hold a Street Collection! Get a group of friends together or involve your children and teach them all about the importance of helping others.
  • Ask your local newsagent or favourite coffee shop if they will display a Kids for Kids Collecting Tin
  • Invite a Speaker from Kids for Kids to your club, church or group

Recycling and Selling for Kids for Kids

  • Recycle your printer inkjet cartridges and raise funds by registering to support us at Recycle 4 Charity. This simple and free service will raise £1 for each ‘wanted’ cartridge that is recycled.
  • Sell items for us (or donate a %) on e-bay.

If you are interested in any of these ideas, or have ideas of your own that could help our work with children and families in Darfur, please do get in touch.

Safeguarding Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to protect people, particularly children, at risk adults, beneficiaries of
assistance and volunteers and staff from any harm that may be caused due to their coming into contact
with Kids for Kids. This includes harm arising from:
• The conduct of staff or personnel associated with Kids for Kids both in the UK and in Sudan or any
other country
• The design and implementation of Kids for Kids’s programmes and activities
• Contact with children or young people during the course of visits or meetings both in the UK and
in Sudan or any other country by staff or official representatives of Kids for Kids including members
of committees or other organisations associated with the charity
The policy lays out the commitments made by Kids for Kids and informs staff and associated personnel1
of their responsibilities in relation to safeguarding.
This policy does not cover:
• Safeguarding concerns in the wider community not perpetrated by Kids for Kids or associated
personnel

What is safeguarding?

In the UK, safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them
to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
In our sector, we understand it to mean protecting people, including children and at risk adults, from harm
that arises from coming into contact with our staff or programmes.
Further definitions relating to safeguarding are provided in the glossary below.

Scope

• All staff contracted by Kids for Kids
• Associated personnel whilst engaged with work or visits related to Kids for Kids, both in the UK and
Sudan, including but not limited to the following: consultants; volunteers; contractors; programme
visitors including Trustees, supporters, journalists, celebrities and politicians.

Policy Statement

Kids for Kids believes that everyone we come into contact with, regardless of age, gender identity,
disability, sexual orientation or ethnic origin has the right to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation. Kids for Kids will not tolerate abuse and exploitation by staff or associated
personnel.
This policy will address the following areas of safeguarding: child safeguarding, adult safeguarding, and
protection from sexual exploitation and abuse.
Kids for Kids commits to addressing safeguarding throughout its work, through the three pillars of
prevention, reporting and response.

Prevention

Kids for Kids Responsibilities

Kids for Kids will:
• Ensure all staff have access to, are familiar with, and know their responsibilities within this policy
• Design and undertake all its programmes and activities in a way that protects people from any risk of harm that may arise from their coming into contact with Kids for Kids. This includes the way in which information about individuals in our programmes is gathered and communicated
• Implement stringent safeguarding procedures when recruiting, managing and deploying staff and associated personnel
• Follow up on reports of safeguarding concerns promptly and according to due process

Staff responsibilities

Child safeguarding
Kids for Kids’ staff and associated personnel must not:
• Engage in sexual activity with anyone under the age of 18
• Sexually abuse or exploit children
• Subject a child to physical, emotional or psychological abuse, or neglect
• Engage in any commercially exploitative activities with children including child labour or trafficking

Adult safeguarding
Kids for Kids’ staff and associated personnel must not:
• Sexually abuse or exploit at risk adults
• Subject an at risk adult to physical, emotional or psychological abuse, or neglect

Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse
Kids for Kids’ staff and associated personnel must not:
• Exchange money, employment, goods or services for sexual activity. This includes any exchange of assistance that is due to beneficiaries of assistance
• Engage in any sexual relationships with beneficiaries of assistance, since they are based on inherently unequal power dynamics

Additionally, Kids for Kids’ staff and associated personnel are obliged to:
• Contribute to creating and maintaining an environment that prevents safeguarding violations and promotes the implementation of the Safeguarding Policy
• Report any concerns or suspicions regarding safeguarding violations by a Kids for Kids’ staff member or associated personnel to the appropriate staff member

Enabling reports

Kids for Kids will ensure that safe, appropriate, accessible means of reporting safeguarding concerns are made available to staff and the communities we work with.
Any staff reporting concerns or complaints through formal whistleblowing channels (or if they request it) will be protected by Kids for Kids’ Disclosure of Malpractice in the Workplace (Whistleblowing) Policy.
Kids for Kids will also accept complaints from external sources such as members of the public, partners and official bodies.

How to report a safeguarding concern

Staff members who have a complaint or concern relating to safeguarding should report it immediately to their line manager. If the staff member does not feel comfortable reporting to their line manager (for example if they feel that the report will not be taken seriously, or if that person is implicated in the concern) they may report directly to a Trustee.
Patricia Parker MBE patricia@kidsforkids.org.uk +447957206440
Alastair King-Smith alastair@kidsforkids.org.uk
Nadia Giske nadia@kidsforkids.org.uk

Response

Kids for Kids will follow up safeguarding reports and concerns according to policy and procedure, and legal and statutory obligations
Kids for Kids will apply appropriate disciplinary measures to staff, or its representatives, found in breach of policy.
Kids for Kids will offer support to survivors of harm caused by staff or associated personnel, regardless of whether a formal internal response is carried out (such as an internal investigation). Decisions regarding support will be led by the survivor.

Confidentiality

It is essential that confidentiality in maintained at all stages of the process when dealing with safeguarding concerns. Information relating to the concern and subsequent case management should be shared on a need to know basis only, and should be kept secure at all times.

Glossary of Terms

Beneficiary of Assistance
Someone who directly receives goods or services from Kids for Kids’ programme. Note that misuse of power can also apply to the wider community that Kids for Kids serves, and also can include exploitation by giving the perception of being in a position of power.
Child
A person below the age of 18
Harm
Psychological, physical and any other infringement of an individual’s rights
Psychological harm
Emotional or psychological abuse, including (but not limited to) humiliating and degrading treatment such as bad name calling, constant criticism, belittling, persistent shaming, solitary confinement and isolation
Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
The term used by the humanitarian and development community to refer to the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse of affected populations by staff or associated personnel. The term derives from the United Nations Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13)
Safeguarding
In the UK, safeguarding means protecting peoples’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect.
In our sector, we understand it to mean protecting people, including children and at risk adults, from harm that arises from coming into contact with our staff or programmes. One donor definition is as follows:
Safeguarding means taking all reasonable steps to prevent harm, particularly sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment from occurring; to protect people, especially vulnerable adults and children, from that harm; and to respond appropriately when harm does occur.
This definition draws from our values and principles and shapes our culture. It pays specific attention to preventing and responding to harm from any potential, actual or attempted abuse of power, trust, or vulnerability, especially for sexual purposes.
Safeguarding applies consistently and without exception across our programmes, partners and staff. It requires proactively identifying, preventing and guarding against all risks of harm, exploitation and abuse and having mature, accountable and transparent systems for response, reporting and learning when risks materialise. Those systems must be survivor-centred and also protect those accused until proven guilty.
Safeguarding puts beneficiaries and affected persons at the centre of all we do.
Sexual abuse
The term ‘sexual abuse’ means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.
Sexual exploitation
The term ‘sexual exploitation’ means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. This definition incudes human trafficking and modern slavery.
Survivor
The person who has been abused or exploited. The term ‘survivor’ is often used in preference to ‘victim’ as it implies strength, resilience and the capacity to survive, however it is the individual’s choice how they wish to identify themselves.
At risk adult
Sometimes also referred to as vulnerable adult. A person who is or may be in need of care by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness; and who is or may be unable to take care of him or herself, or unable to protect him or herself against significant harm or exploitation.

2019: Gifts for any Celebration!

It is a new year and Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Holiday Celebrations are headed your way!  Every year Kids for Kids helps our supporters give the best gifts to celebrate their special occasions – gifts that create a lasting impact.

Over Christmas many of you so wonderfully donated a goat to a child in Darfur on behalf of a loved one!  In return, Kids for Kids sent you a Gift Certificate in commemoration. The goat you donated will help a family in Darfur, giving the children milk to drink and their mother a way to earn an income. Can you imagine a gift more special than this?

All year round we can make you special personalised Gift Certificates to celebrate the milestone events in the lives of your friends and family members. Maybe your Mum is turning 70 this year?   Donate some goats in her name, helping malnourished children in Darfur!  Looking for the perfect Easter Gift?  Why Chickens of course!  Is your best friend about to have a new baby?  Donate mosquito nets and blankets to keep all the children in Darfur warm and safe at night!   Maybe your son is turning Five Years Old this year ? Why not make a donation of £50 in his name – enough to purchase uniforms and shoes for five children in Darfur?!  If you donate a Handpump for clean water, a Kindergarten, or a whole village we can even name these after the gift’s recipient, creating a lasting memorial.  No one is too young to learn the value of helping others. No one is too young to make a real difference.

Give a Goat Now to transform children’s health and empower women in a region that is in desperate need of help.  Goat’s milk is precious – it is full of protein, minerals and vitamins that mothers cannot afford to give their children in any other way.  Children make great shepherds in Darfur and love their goats.

Let’s see if we can make their dreams come true this year!

We can make you a personalised gift certificate for any donation you make. Visit our shop and choose the items you would like to donate!  When you checkout simply write the details you would like included on your certificate(s) in the ‘Order Notes’ section!  We send your gift to Darfur and a Gift Certificate to your loved one. Do not hesitate to get in touch directly by emailing contact@kidsforkids.org.uk

Recent news from Kids for Kids is available in our Christmas Mailing here:

Christmas Letter

How Goats are Empowering Women in Darfur

Kids for Kids Christmas Gift List

Receiving her goats Kheirban B (2)

5 Nanny goats

£250.00
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A Billy goat

£66.00
Goat and little boy

A Goat

£50.00
goat and mother and child

A Goat Loan

£272.00
jerrycan

2 jerry cans

£18.00
Mosquito net provided by Kids for Kids

2 Mosquito Nets

£18.00
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A Donkey

£65.00
Girl-on-donkey-500x480

Crossbred donkey

£150.00

NCS students work with Bucks Goat Centre

We were delighted to learn that students from National Citizen Service (NCS) in Aylesbury Vale were supporting Kids for Kids with their fundraising activities in July.  It was all happening in conjunction with the Bucks Goat Centre, who adopted us as their charity earlier this year and told the students about us.  We are so grateful to their inspired leader Ruth Gaisford for her inspired leadership.

NCS aims to shows young people the significant impact they can make by getting involved in their local community, with a ‘Social action week’ as part of the three week experience.  As well as volunteering at the Bucks Goat Centre, the students raised funds for Kids for Kids over three days, as NCS Project Worker, Nathalie Hogg told us: “They held cake sales and completed a sponsored walk to raise money. They also painted a Hungry Caterpillar themed mural at the Goat Centre in Aylesbury as their volunteer project and managed to get all of their paint donated!  The young people have all worked so hard this summer and it’s great for them to see their hard work pays off!”

The students were formally awarded their certificates at a graduation and awards ceremony in front of their family and friends at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on 12th September. Ruth Gaisford from Bucks Goat Centre was presented with a giant cheque for £833.70 on behalf of Kids for Kids.

The Bucks Goat Centre in Stoke Mandeville is very child focused, encouraging visits from many primary schools and over the Summer holidays they held a Charity Week with a colouring competition that raised funds for Kids for Kids.

We are so grateful to all the students for their hard work in achieving this fantastic result and to Ruth for helping make this happen, as well for all the support she and the Bucks Goat Centre are giving Kids for Kids.

Ampelos Trust continues Ruth Rendell’s support

We were honoured to recently receive more support from the Ampelos Trust, with a generous grant for £5,000 towards our work in Darfur.

The Trust was set up in memory of Baroness Rendell of Babergh CBE, – Ruth Rendell the well known author,  an active supporter and Patron of Kids for Kids, who is greatly missed.  She was particularly passionate about eradicating Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which is still common in many countries, including Sudan. One of the consequences of FGM is obstructed labour during childbirth, making it important that trained medical help is available.

Thanks to the generosity of Ruth and many others towards our Village Midwives Training projects, there are now nearly 300 Kids for Kids midwives helping to make childbirth safer in the villages.  A recent field report on a group of 16 of our midwives showed that those alone have safely delivered 4,264 healthy babies. Not one mother died.   Our midwives educated mothers who have had their help in the dangers not only of having themselves resown but make sure their daughters do not also suffer FGM. Because our midwives are local women, respected in their own communities, their teaching of the dangers of FGM is believed and in these villages, it is a dying tradition.

The Ampelos Trust has continued the support given to us by Ruth and has helped to make an enormous difference to what Kids for Kids has been able to do in transforming children’s lives and empowering the poorest of women.

We are especially grateful to them.

You can see a video of Ruth talking about her support for Kids for Kids here.

Ruth Rendell at the House of Lords during a meeting with Trustees of Kids for Kids

Job opportunity – join our team!

Would you be interested in a new opportunity where you can make a real difference to children’s lives?

Kids for Kids works in the remote villages of Darfur, Sudan, where children are born into a life of unimaginable deprivation and hardship.  We introduce simple grassroots projects that transform the lives of children, their families and communities.

We currently have a vacancy to join our small team in a varied and important role as an Executive Personal Assistant working with our Founder/CEO.

If you would be interested in joining us, please take a look at more information here.

After reading the Job Description to see if it is right for you, please send your application (CV and Cover Letter) to Robin Radclyffe at radclyffe@talk21.com. Please kindly do not email any other addresses or telephone us. Robin will be happy to answer your queries.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Summer Weekend helps feed starving children

We were delighted to welcome the crowds who came along to support Patricia’s Open Garden, Summer Fete & Art Exhibition, when she opened her house and garden over the weekend of 10th to 12th August. It was  Patricia’s personal effort to raise enough money to provide food for 100 families and their children, facing famine this summer in Darfur.  “I couldn’t have done this alone.  I cannot thank all the wonderful volunteers who came to support me.   You were amazing, particularly when we struggled to put up the tent in the driving rain! But it was all worthwhile.   The sun shone and your help gave everyone a wonderful day, and between us we will be spending nearely £3,500 on emergency food to help children right now.  Thank you so very much.  I couldn’t have done it without you!”

Visitors were able to enjoy the range of stalls and explore the gardens in the sunshine, while 100 original works of art were on display in the house. “It was fabulous to have so many people join us” said Patricia. “Knowing the suffering that is taking place in the remote Darfur villages, I just had to do something and to see so many others who felt the same was truly heart-warming.”

While our work focuses on sustainable grassroots projects that enable families and communities to help themselves, the failed harvest for the second year running means we are currently providing Emergency Aid for the first time ever. “Without this help, children will die”,  said Patricia added.

We are pleased to let you know that the total funds raised reached just under £3,500.  “I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this weekend happen.   I think my family and friends thought I was mad!  It is a bit daunting to think that nearly 300 people came here”, Patricia added. “The funds that they and all our lovely stallholders have raised means we will be able to provide a sack of flour for food and bag of seed for planting to 75 families in Darfur, so will be reaching over 400 children. What a fantastic result! However, we still have more to do as many more families are in danger of starvation.”

Our Urgent Need Appeal is continuing to run, as the earliest the next harvest in Darfur will be is still 3 months away and people need help to survive until then. If you would like to support a family at this time of crisis, the Emergency Aid package of flour and seed which costs £45 for a family, can be donated here.

If you would like to buy one of Patricia or Robin’s paintings we will be posting them on this site.

Ambassador to Sudan becomes new Patron

We are delighted to announce that H.E. Mr Irfan Siddiq OBE, H.M. Ambassador to Sudan since April this year, is now a Patron of Kids for Kids.

Irfan Siddiq was born and raised in London and entered the United Kingdom’s Diplomatic Service in 1998 after graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

He has worked in the Foreign Office in London on NATO issues, as Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary and as Head of the Arab Partnership Department, leading the UK’s response to the Arab Spring. He has had diplomatic postings to New Delhi, Cairo, Baghdad and Damascus. His first position as an Ambassador was to Azerbaijan in 2013. He has also spent time outside the FCO on secondments to the US State Department in Washington and to Plan International, an NGO working on children’s rights.

We are grateful for his invaluable support which will make a big difference to how we can help children in Darfur.

 

 

Ambassadors’ Ball 2018 saves lives

Our fabulous Ambassadors’ Ball at the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill Hotel on 19th May was a sell-out and made a profit of an amazing £18,864!

We are so grateful to everyone who came on the night and helped make it such a success, as well as to all those who supported the Ball by donating prizes, sponsorship and advertising.  Every one of you made a difference.    Thank you too to the staff of The Churchill who looked after us wonderfully.

We are delighted to share some photos from the evening below.  Many more are available to buy online from www.antoniapenia.com/kidsforkids.  Antonia Peña, our lovely photographer, very generously donated her time again, and is now giving 30% of any photos you may buy to Kids for Kids – so do see how beautiful everyone looked!

Everything we raised from the Ball is helping children and families in Darfur who are facing starvation this year. Thanks to everyone who supported the Ball we are going to be able to save 1,284 children (and their animals) from the prospect of starvation from now until the rains come, PLUS we will be providing each of their families with a sack of seed, so they will have something to plant next year.   We always try to prevent disasters – and without seed,  yet more children will face starvation next year.   It is an horrific scenario.  Depending on the donations we receive, we are also planning to provide even more goats, so there is milk/protein for the children.  With soaring inflation and the devaluation of the Sudanese pound people cannot afford protein in any other form.

Our Ambassadors’ Ball is helping us make a great difference to so many, but, sadly, we still have a long way to go to prevent starvation in Darfur over the coming months.  Our initial target is to give help to 3,000 families, so your support to help us reach this is needed more than ever.  Each ‘package’ of flour, supplementary food for animals and a goat costs £88.   Seed for planting is an additional £15.   You can donate to our Urgent Need Appeal here.

Our wonderful Ball sold out really early this year so a date for your diary – Saturday 8th June 2019!

 

AUCTION – Ambassador’s Ball – Place your Bids

We are delighted that our fabulous Ambassadors’ Ball at the Hyatt Regency on 19th May is a sell-out!

If you are not joining us on the night, we still wanted to offer you the opportunity to place a bid for the fantastic Auction prizes that have been donated to us.  Don’t be afraid to make a low offer – you might be surprised and get a bargain – as well as helping raise much needed funds.

Please take a look at all the available Auction prizes below.

Everything we raise from the Ball will be helping children and families in Darfur who are facing crisis, by providing them with goats and our emergency aid supplies of flour for families to eat and feed for their animals.  Your donations will go a long way in Darfur and help us prevent starvation.

If you would like to bid for an item please email: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk  no later than 5pm on Friday 18th May and include the following:

Item you are bidding for:                    …………………………
Your bid amount                                  £……………………….
Your full name:                                     …………………………
Your email address:                             …………………………
Your telephone number:                     …………………………
Your address:                                        …………………………

All bids are binding.

Winners will be notified immediately following the Ball. Good luck!

The worst year ever in Darfur?

During our recent Programme Meetings with our Darfur team we were shocked to learn of the extent of the failed harvest which means families, particularly those in out of sight villages, have nothing to eat until the next harvest – which is not due until the rains come in late summer. The result is famine. Yet the world has not responded to a call for aid. We must help. We are not an emergency aid organisation, but the thought of families struggling, and children, and their animals too, dying, is appalling. We are already sourcing flour and fodder, plus seed for families to plant for next year. Please can you help?  You can donate to our Urgent Need appeal here.

To see how we will be tackling what are some of the most challenging times that villages in Darfur have ever had to face since Kids for Kids started in 2001, please take a look at the following links. The links include information on the current situation and how we are planning to help. There is news of what has been happening at Kids for Kids over the last year, all the different ways that you can get involved now to give your support, and invitations to our Events.

Those of you who have joined us will know what treats are in store! This year they range from a Spring Supper and Wine Tasting, to our wonderful Ambassadors’ Ball and Candlelit Christmas Concert. I am opening my garden in Surrey to a Summer Caribbean Festival where we will also be holding our Friends Event when I have a chance to give you a full briefing on why Kids for Kids is so different from other charities, and so effective. You will be pleased to hear that our team in Darfur said that our Goat Loans are ‘The Gold Standard’.

We are determined to get help to as many families as possible, in time to avoid the worst ravages of starvation.  Your support was never more needed.  Thank you. Looking forward to seeing you.

Beavers’ Water Relay Challenge

Children from the 24th Cheltenham Beaver Scouts found out just how hard it can be to carry water long distances, when they held a Water Relay Challenge in aid of Kids for Kids last month.

As part of their ‘My World Challenge’ badges, the Beavers had learnt about Darfur and the impoverished conditions in which so many of the children there live, including the long daily walk that they must make to fetch water. Once the Beavers heard of the difficulties children faced in Darfur, they were keen to help raise awareness and funds to support the work of Kids for Kids.

So, on the 21st February, 24 children and their Leaders braved the cold weather of the UK to take part in their Water Relay Challenge.  Daniel Hortop, Beaver Scout Leader, said “The Water Relay was fun, but it had a very serious side too.  The Beavers were shocked to find out there were children about the same age as them who actually couldn’t go to school and have an education, because they were having to spend so long each day to get something as basic as water.  We knew that once they heard about it, they would want to help in some way.  And we were really proud of the way they took on the Challenge we set them.”

We are so grateful to all those who took part and gave such fantastic support to our work.  Congratulations to the Beavers for all their effort which, we are delighted to report, has already raised over £600.  There is still time to donate to the Water Relay Challenge by visiting their on line donation page here.

If you or your group would be interested in holding your own water fundraiser to give help to children in Darfur and their families, please get in touch: contact@kidsforkids.org.uk  or 07971001904.