“Do you want to give a gift to a child this Christmas that will save her life?” This is what Patricia Parker OBE, who founded Kids for Kids 21 years ago, is asking? She says “Christmas is the time of giving but few gifts will last beyond New Year – but not the gifts I want.”
“I want A GOAT, a MOSQUITO NET and a SACK OF SEED” Yes that is what Patricia (74) is dreaming of each night she falls into bed after a day of working flat out trying her best to help the children of Darfur, Sudan.
Why a Goat? – because it’s milk will save a little 5 year old from starving. “Conditions are so bad this year in Darfur that even in our Kids for Kids villages I am getting reports that little ones are in urgent need of emergency food if they are to survive. It’s the smallest that succumb first.”
A Goat costs £50
Why a mosquito net? “It’s heart breaking. There are the worst swarms of mosquitos in Darfur I have ever known. The military government failed to spray the standing water and they have bred uncontrollably. Malaria is still the biggest killer in Africa. In Darfur they carry the feared Dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever. All deadly. Our Project Officer Hassan has malaria for the second time this year. He has been very ill and feared it was Dengue. When he managed to get himself to hospital in search of the malaria drugs he desperately needed, he saw every bed filled with children. Sadly he said half of those will die. They are too thin and undersized from months of malnutrition to fight the disease.”
2 mosquito nets cost £18
Why a sack of seed? “Darfur struggled with prolonged drought this year. People had scarcely enough to eat. WHO appealed for help from the international community months ago, but what help was provided did not reach the villages. I am being asked for emergency seed so that a family can have one meal of porridge a day to keep them alive until the harvest.”
A sack of seed costs £15
The good news? “Give a Goat, a Mosquito Net or a Sack of Seeds – or all three – and I will make sure they reach a family in Darfur. There are volunteers waiting to deliver them, by truck, by donkey, on foot. In Darfur they do what it takes to save a child – will you?
What can we give you? We will create a unique Christmas Certificate which you can give as the best gift you have ever given to someone you love. You can tell them that your love for them is saving a little child’s life this Christmas.