Challenge Yourself & Change Lives with Challenge20!

For our 20th year, why not challenge yourself by taking on a CHALLENGE20 and help change the lives of children! 

We’ve already been DANCING FOR 20 HOURS, we now have plans for TEA FOR 20 and, as it gets warmer, we’ll be PADDLE-BOARDING FOR 20 MILES later in the year!

Now it’s your turn to join us and choose your own Challenge20 to make a difference to the dire situation in Darfur!

At this time of year there is still grass in many areas of Darfur, and normally we would expect people to be able to give their children three, albeit simple, meals before the heat of summer. Summer months are always known as the “hungry” months. Sadly this year, for months now, many families have been surviving on just one scant meal. To make things worse, conflict has again erupted in the region. Fuel continues to be in short supply, and bread queues are long every day, with loaves halved in size and rationed.

These children and families need your help now!

Take on a Challenge, raise much-needed funds and become part of their family, their dreams, their future. You can be their Guardian Angel! ❤️

CHOOSE A CHALLENGE20!

Love walking? …… Why not walk 20 laps of your local park and ask your friends to join you? Or perhaps walk for 20 days in a row?

Love running? …… Why not challenge yourself to run 20 miles? Or even 20 marathons in a year?!

Love baking? …… We’re sure 20 friends would love 20 of your cakes – ask them for a donation each!

Love reading? …… Could you read 20 books in a year?

You get the idea!!

Tennis or Trampolining, Cricket or Crafting, Board games or Boating….

Whatever you LOVE doing, make it into a Challenge20!

SET A TARGET…AND HAVE FUN!

Could you raise £20, £200 or even £2,000?

Set up a Sponsorship Page and get sharing it with friends & family!

Have FUN whilst FUNDRAISING and help us raise desperately needed FUNDS for the children and families of Darfur.

ALREADY SIGNED UP TO AN EVENT?

Perhaps you’re already signed up to a Triathlon, Iron Man or the London Marathon!

Maybe you have always dreamed of walking the South West Coastal path or cycling from Land’s End to John O Groats?

Whatever your challenge, do it for KIDS FOR KIDS!

We are keen to help you! We can help set up your fundraising page, support you with local publicity, or just cheer you on!

This is the year to get out there and achieve your ambitions – we will be with you every step of the way!

What will your Challenge20 be? Find out more here!

20 years of Celebration – Smiles, Laughter and Tears – our 20th Birthday Party

Live Zoom brought together Joanna Lumley OBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Julie Etchingham, Timothy West and Dame Rosalind Marsden KCMG – all Patrons of Kids for Kids – supporters from around the world, and our Founder Patricia Parker MBE and Trustee Alastair King-Smith, to celebrate 20 years of helping children the rest of the world has forgotten, on 8th March this year – International Women’s Day. “It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago when 19 influential ladies joined me in Khartoum to see how we could help the invisible families in Darfur” said Patricia. “That was the birth of Kids for Kids all those years ago.  And we’re not stopping now!”

If you missed the celebration, you can still catch up – or re-live it – via the link at the end of this article and, if you would like to make a donation as a birthday present for our 20th Birthday please do consider donating to The Greatest Need to help children in Darfur now when they need us the most.

In what can only be described as an emotional night, Patricia regaled the audience with stories from across the years -from how she started the charity all those years ago, to how she and her son Alastair, now one of the charity’s Trustees, were kidnapped at gunpoint, to the thousands of people that the Charity has supported through the years.

With special birthday messages from long time volunteer Hazel Oberst who has volunteered for 19.5 years, and Beverley Wheeler who has supported the charity from 1994, to Sage Lancaster who first heard of Kids for Kids when just 7 years old, becoming a successful fundraiser including working for the charity before restarting her studies this year, and Omniat Osman, a new Sudanese supporter, and, from Sudan, Hatim Abu Sineina our dedicated Volunteer Chairman in Khartoum who has supported Kids for Kids for the entire 20 years.

Highlights included former Ambassador and EU Representative to Sudan, Dame Rosalind Marsden, who brought us up to date with events in Sudan, and in particular how these affected Darfur which has historically always experienced the worst deprivation and suffering.

One of the most memorable and joyful moments of the evening was being joined by the one and only Joanna Lumley, a Patron of many years,  who spoke to Patricia about the charity and the amazing work it has achieved and also what is in store for the next 20 years.   In addition to helping as many new villages as possible – three in 2021 to celebrate our 20th Birthday – Trees for the Future is a long term plan including a plantation of Moringa trees whose seeds can be used to purify water.

In Joanna’s own words ‘ I love the idea of trees healing the earth, they seem to be wise old beings’

But that was not all!  Joining in the birthday messages were Julie Etchingham whose moving tribute to Kids for Kids set the scene for the evening,  Miriam Margolyes who joined us from Tuscany and the much loved Timothy West all told us their reasons for supporting Kids for Kids.

Both Timothy and Julie said they were already looking forward to the Candlelit Christmas concert this year as it ‘ brings hope to people who are desperately in need.’   Please Note:   there are plans for a full live Concert at St Peter’s Eaton Square in London on Thursday 2nd December with the wonderful choirs from Queen’s Gate School.   “We are expecting a sell out” said Patricia “who is not longing to be with friends and celebrate together?”

The fun didn’t end there, with a quiz to keep people on their toes with a few trick questions thrown in – and to finish off,  a collective redition of Happy Birthday over Zoom from all over the world – perhaps a little out of tune but the joy and celebration were palpable!

It was an evening filled with love and support.  Thank you everyone for joining us to celebrate our FIRST twenty years.

. . .Here’s to the Future!

Listen to our wonderful 20th Birthday Messages

We are so incredibly lucky to have such fabulous Patrons and supporters.

Listen to some of the wonderful 20th Birthday messages we received in March 2021 from our Patrons, Joanna Lumley OBE, Miriam Margolyes OBE, Timothy West CBE, Julie Etchingham, and our volunteers and supporters, Hatim Abu Sineina, Hazel Oberst, Beverley Wheeler, Sage Lancaster and Omniat Osman.

 

Missed our 20th Birthday Celebration?

If you were unable to join us live on Monday 8th March or would like to share the celebrations with friends and family, you can access a recording of the full Event here.

We asked everyone who joined us on 8th March to make a donation and we would be so grateful if you could do the same. Please do consider donating to The Greatest Need to help children in Darfur now when they need us the most.

 

Girls Lift Lockdown Blues to Dance for Darfur

A group of young girls aged 11 and 12 have decided to put their love of dancing to good use and spread joy this lockdown to support us in raising much-needed funds for the children of Darfur.

Alice Bodimeade (12), Maegan Tovey (12), Laila Ball (11) and Rosetta Logan (11) are hoping to lift the lockdown blues by helping to organise the Greatest of All Time (GOAT!) Virtual Disco on Saturday 6th March to encourage friends and family to get together online, have fun dancing and support Kids for Kids who have been helping the forgotten children of Darfur in Sudan for the past 20 years.

These dance-loving girls understand that in Darfur children of their age and younger desperately need their help right now. Families are living off one scant meal a day and starvation is a very real threat. Flash floods have washed away crops, inflation is over 300% and, with the average annual wage being the equivalent of £12, it is hard to know how they can survive.  The cost of basic essentials has sky-rocketed, there’s very limited access to clean water, healthcare and education. Kids for Kids’ projects help change all that, starting with goats to help provide nutritious milk to protect against malnutrition and allowing mother’s an income for the first time by selling excess milk & yoghurt.  Kids for Kids lend the goats so that, when the same number are then passed on to another family two years later, more and more children benefit from just one goat loan. Kids for Kids also install hand-pumps for access to clean water, build kindergartens and health and veterinary centres, train paravets, first aiders and, crucially, village midwives. The list goes on…and Kids for Kids has been doing all this for 20 years!

So, in celebration of Kids for Kids’ 20th anniversary in March, the girls are helping to organise our Greatest of All Time (GOAT!) Virtual Disco which will last a whopping 20 hours! The fun will start online at 12pm on Saturday 6th March and continue through the night until 8am on Sunday 7th March so that children and adults, friends and family, can join to cheer them on, raise valuable funds and dance away their lockdown blues at a time that suits them. Everyone welcome, there’s no need to dance for the 20 hours – just join for 20 mins, 2 hours, as long as you like – and invite 20 friends! There will be disco classics, latest chart-toppers, requests and shout-outs – something for everyone! Come along and show off your GOAT (Greatest of All Time) Moves!  See what these super girls say below:

Rosetta Logan (11) realises that lots of people need a lift this lockdown and encourages everyone to join this GOAT Virtual Disco. Rosetta says, “When I’m happy, sad or angry, I just put on the music and I just dance. Dancing gives me the feeling of being free. It’s a terrible experience for the people in Darfur. I really want to help them and help get the food and the medication they need.”

Alice Bodimeade (12) also loves to express her feelings through dance and says she was keen to join this project because she loves helping people and seeing people happy. Alice says, “I know lots of people need help in the world especially during these times. It makes me realise how fortunate I am to have food and water.”

Laila Ball (11) explains why she too was keen to get involved with disco. “I love to dance with friends and it gives me a nice feeling inside to be able to help the children in Darfur at the same time.”

Maegan Tovey (12) has been dancing since she was 2 years old and doesn’t feel she’s stopped since!  “Dancing has always been my passion because it is a way I can feel free, more relaxed, calm. Even if I am sad I get up and the music makes me move and have a good time. We are organising this Virtual Disco for Kids for Kids as I thought what a good way to help those people get food and water whilst participating in something that I love doing. So come and join us for as many hours as you like and have a boogie!”

Come and join the Greatest of All Time (GOAT) Virtual Disco at any time from Sat 7th March 12pm until Sun 8th March 8am and dance away your lockdown blues!

Tickets available for a min. donation of £10 per family, join at a time that suits you for as long as you like. There will be disco classics, latest chart-toppers, requests and shout-outs – something for everyone!

For further details of this Greatest of All Time (GOAT) Virtual Disco and to support these motivational girls, click here.

 

20 Hour Disco Dancing for Darfur!

WOW that was GREAT FUN!! Pretty challenging to dance for 20 hours – but great fun!!

We were grooving, we were twirling, we were twisting….we were even moon-walking!! And we have just about recovered..!!

Thank you so much to all of you who could join us to celebrate our 20th Birthday at our 20 hour Greatest of All Time (GOAT!) Virtual Disco which started at midday on Saturday 6th March and finished at 8am on Sunday 7th March!

It was so lovely to see friends and supporters from all over the World being able to celebrate with us and bring their friends and family too – one of the perks of hosting events online these days! We were even joined by disco dancing Goats at Wookey Farm – who would have thought it!

We would like to say an EVEN BIGGER THANK YOU to the lovely girls who helped us organise this event – Alice, Maegan, Laila & Rosetta. They each took a DJ slot and dedicated disco classics & current chart-toppers to their very supportive friends and family. We really could not have done it without you – THANK YOU!

We hope you had a wonderful time, letting your hair down, dancing away your lockdown blues and throwing your Greatest of All Time – GOAT – moves! We absolutely loved them!!

And as for the outfits – wow! We were dazzled by disco lights, mesmerised by sequins and wondering at the wigs – thank you for making such an effort!

We have just about recovered from dancing for 20 hours! Wow, our legs were a little shaky but, with friends in the UK staying up with us until 1am, friends from New Zealand dropping in at 3am,  and whole families joining us at 5am, you kept us going right into the early hours of Sunday and beyond – we are so so grateful!

This was our FIRST CHALLENGE20 and YOU helped us raise over £2000 for the Children of Darfur – thank you so much for your support and generosity!

 

Could you take on your own Challenge20?

If you’re feeling motivated, we would LOVE you to take on your own CHALLENGE20 for us!

Why not walk 20 laps around your local park? Or run 20 miles in 20 days? Or perhaps bake 20 cakes for friends & family in 20 hours? Whatever you’re into, this challenge is all about YOU!

Sign up to a CHALLENGE20 here – get fit, have fun, but most importantly FEEL GOOD & DO GOOD whilst you’re at it!

 

Missed the Fun but would still like to Donate?

If you missed out on the fun but would still like to make a difference, please do donate here.

Every little helps for the children of Darfur right now!

Thank you so much for all your support.

 

 

Kids for Kids Celebrates 20 Years!

Something to Celebrate! This year, 2021, marks our 20th anniversary! That’s two decades of transforming the lives of over 550,000 people in 105 villages in one of the most inaccessible areas of the world.

Please join our Founder Patricia Parker and Trustees on our Birthday on 8th March 2021 – International Women’s Day – when we are inviting you to join our virtual Birthday Celebratory Evening.  This year of course we cannot yet meet in person so please join our Virtual Party via Zoom at 7.00p.m.   Patricia will bring you up to date with the news from Darfur.  Join our Patrons, Trustees and find out why people have been supporting Kids for Kids, some for all of our 20 years! There will be messages from friends from around the world, including special friends from Sudan, and we will be inviting you to join in too with our Kids for Kids Quiz – testing your knowledge of all you will learn on the evening, from how to tell a goat from a sheep to how many kids you have helped us lend to children!   And please think about what you would like us to do in our next 20 years.  There is something for everyone so come and join the celebrations and let’s make this year our best year yet!

As well as our Big Birthday Celebrations on 8th March we are planning more fun birthday Challenges and Events  and would love you to get involved! Fancy raising vital funds by taking on a sponsored Challenge 20 for our 20th year? Or dancing the night away at our Greatest of All Time (GOAT!) Virtual Disco on 6th March?  Have a disco night with friends from all over – and if you want to add to the fun, challenge friends to get sponsored for 20 hours of dancing – or 20 friends to do 20 minutes each?!   Choose your music – we’ll pass on messages – let’s dance! 

Please do take time to hear more from Patricia Parker MBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, in her recent message BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 2021 and learn about our Achievements in Darfur 2020 and what we have planned for the future to help more families in desperate need in Darfur.

YOUR SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER?

With Valentine’s Day coming up on 14th February, why not give your loved one a gift to remember?  See our LOVE-ly Valentine’s Certificate.

And with Mother’s Day  on 14th March, why not change a Mother’s life in Darfur by donating a goat and receive a beautiful personalised Gift Certificate to present to your own lovely Mum?

The people of Darfur really do need us more than ever now. Please do consider becoming a Regular Giver or Childrens Champion or even Leaving a Lasting Legacy for Kids for Kids – your support will change lives for years to come.

FEELING LUCKY?   Fancy your chances of Winning the Lottery, what better Lottery than the Kids for Kids 100 Club where every ticket you purchase helps improve the lives of children living in extreme poverty in Darfur?   Give a ticket to a friend – a chance of winning all year.

The documents mentioned are included in our 2021 Spring Mailing and Email. If you haven’t signed up already for our news mailings, then please get in touch. We only send two mailings a year, and we would love to include you!

2021 Spring Mailing Documents (all in one place!):

 

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!

Rotary Award Surprise for Patricia!

Patricia Parker MBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, has received notable recognition from Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland.

Patricia was surprised with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award at the end of this year’s online Candlelit Christmas Concert on 2nd December 2020. This prestigious honour, named after Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, recognises those who have made substantial contributions to society, humanitarian efforts and charitable works.

The recognition has been championed by South Holland Rotary Club. Jon Martin, Immediate Past President of South Holland Rotary Club, interrupted the Candlelit Christmas Concert to present the award to Patricia over Zoom before the certificate and medal were magically handed over to Patricia’s son, Alastair King-Smith, to pass to Patricia Parker in person in Devon.

 

 

Jon Martin surprised Patricia by saying, “Four years ago, Patricia, you were made Rotary International Woman of the Year – and well-deserved. Tonight, members of South Holland Rotary Club would like to recognise your achievement to the children of Darfur. We would like to present to you a Paul Harris Fellowship award. These Awards are mainly given to Rotarians for outstanding work throughout the Rotary movement but on very special occasions, we are allowed to present them to people who we feel are very worthy of such an award.”

Jon later said, “In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, Patricia joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. They are recognized for their devotion to the ideal of good will, peace and understanding…a goal of Rotarians the world over, and one that members of South Holland Rotary clearly share with Patricia.”

“The last individual to publically receive the Paul Harris Award,” Jon went on to explain, “was Captain Sir Tom Moore in July 2020 after walking laps of his garden in the weeks leading up to his 100th birthday. Rotary is a global community of 1.2 million members who share similar values and want to make the world a better place. The award is given to show appreciation and recognition for the service given both nationally and internationally as well. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.”

Patricia Parker was unusually lost for words when presented with the award but later said “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award & be honoured in this way. I want to make it clear, however, that it is not me who deserves this award but all the Kids for Kids’ friends who have supported us over the years. With your help alone, Kids for Kids has been able to change the lives of over 550,000 people in Darfur and we are forever grateful.

 

Read more about our beautiful Candlelit Christmas Concert here.

Interview with Our New Patron – Miriam Margolyes OBE!

We are thrilled to welcome our newest Patron, Miriam Margolyes OBE! Many of you will know Miriam from her magical Readings at our annual Candlelit Concerts. Behind the scenes she has been doing all she can to provide support for our sustainable work helping children in Darfur, Sudan, especially now with our desperate and urgent appeal for soap as the only hope families have against COVID-19.   Miriam attended our Candlelit Christmas Concert in both 2017 and 2019 as a Guest Reader and has supported our Ambassadors’ Ball Auction for three years straight. Both events are major fundraising initiatives held annually by Kids for Kids, each raising over £20,000 a year.  “I was really touched at Miriam’s response when I invited her formally to become our Patron” said Patricia Parker, our Founder.  “She said she was honoured – and when you think that we are helping children living out of sight, of sadly no interest to the world in general – simple families struggling to bring up their little ones – it is us who are honoured to have someone of Miriam’s stature supporting us.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if one day those children could see ‘Harry Potter’ and recognise too her magic!”

Miriam has been instrumental in helping us raise the funds to adopt new villages for the past few years and we are so pleased to make her Patronage official!

Here is a wonderful interview with Miriam Margolyes on page 12 in Belgravia Magazine, in which Miriam explains her love for Kids for Kids.

You can read more about Miriam Margolyes OBE in Victoria Magazine, a piece written by Jonathan Whiley in advance of the 2017 Christmas Concert.

Photo Credit: Title photograph by Jennifer Robertson – Kyte Photography.  Both other photographs by Michael Blyth Photography.

2019 GlobalGiving Superstars!

We are pleased to announce that Kids for Kids is a Superstar Organisation going into 2020!

All your kind donations to our projects on GlobalGiving have led to the most magnificent results: a total of $85,056 (roughly £64,845) raised on the platform in 2019!  This amount is a combination of your support giving goats, donkeys, trees, water, and more and $24,618 in Bonus Prizes and Matching Funds generated by the GlobalGiving team throughout the campaigns you all participated in. What a huge amount of essentially free donations that you helped us get!  ….And you know what else?   This total amount raised in 2019 is almost $20,000 more than what we raised on GlobalGiving in 2018  It can’t be said enough – you all are really the Superstars here!

Kids for Kids is proud to be recognised by GlobalGiving with the following badges for 2020:

A huge highlight for Kids for Kids last year was Giving Tuesday on December 5th, where 105 people donated a massive $18,500 in one day alone!  Not only is that huge, but we also received $5,398 from GlobalGiving in matching funds and $5,000 from an anonymous donor who matched donations up to that amount at 100%!  That meant a total of $28,898 (just over £22,000) raised in ONE DAY on GlobalGiving! Can you believe it?! It was the best Giving Tuesday Kids for Kids has ever seen and we are so eager to do even better in 2020.

We must also thank our fantastic regular donors, who have committed to support Kids for Kids by giving a fixed amount of their choosing every month through GlobalGiving.  Regular donations are the lifeblood of Kids for Kids as they provide an amount that we know we can count on, and therefore allows us to plan ahead for our projects. In 2020 GlobalGiving will be matching new monthly donations at 100%, after they have been active for 4 months. This means if you commit to giving $50 every month, after 4 months you will have given Kids for Kids $250 – with the last $50 being an added bonus from GlobalGiving! Any amount you can spare each month would be greatly appreciated in 2020 as we support our eight newly adopted villages in Darfur, as well as focus on our 5 Year Tree Planting Project. Set up your monthly donation here! 

We are so thankful to you all for continuing to support our work through everyday donations as well as participating in the GlobalGiving Bonus Days and Week-long Campaigns. In 2020 there are Four Campaigns that we are eager to take part in, which are listed below for your convenience.  As you can see from the above information these dates are hugely worthwhile!  Thank you.

Campaign Dates for your Diary:

  • March 23-27: Little by Little Campaign (Donations of up to $50 per donor are matched at 50%)
  • September 14-18: Little by Little Campaign
  • December 1st: Giving Tuesday (More info to come)

To visit our Projects on GlobalGiving, please click here.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information and updates about the above campaigns nearer the time.

Kids for Kids Founder invited to 11 Downing Street for The Times / Sternberg Active Life Award Ceremony

“For some people turning 70 represents time to slow down, scale back on their activities and start putting themselves first. Other exceptional people, however, do the opposite and continue with or even step up their involvement in the communities or causes that matter to them.”

Patricia Parker MBE, 71-year-old CEO and Founder of Kids for Kids, had the honour of being named Runner Up in The Times/Sternberg Active Life Award, recognising the achievements of those over the age of 70.  Patricia and colleagues were welcomed by The Sir Sigmund Sternberg Charitable Foundation together with The Times Newspaper to 11 Downing Street, by kind permission of the Rt. Hon. The Chancellor of the Exchequer. Winner of this year’s Award was Denis Rutovitz (90), who started Edinburgh Direct Aid in 1992 and has made many trips providing urgently needed aid all over the world – from Kosovo during the Croatian War of Independence to Kenya to help AIDS orphans to Sri Lanka post Tsunami.

Patricia said, “I am hugely honoured to be named Runner Up to such an outstanding man. It was such a pleasure to meet him and learn what he continues to achieve. I am also thrilled for Kids for Kids. Being recognised by such a prestigious Award will I hope raise the profile of the forgotten children of Darfur who live in such deprived conditions. For this to happen now, when Sudan is in turmoil, is perfect timing. Whoever ends up running Sudan has enormous challenges to face, and because Darfur is so far from the capital it has always been the last to receive help of any kind. This recognition will help spread the news of the life-saving sustainable projects we provide to remote communities, transforming the lives of children long term.” Patricia has donated her £1,000 Award to provide more help to children in Darfur.

The presentation ceremony at Downing Street on Tuesday 21st May heard from Baroness Altmann about distinguished earlier recipients of the Award, as well as from Michael Sternberg from the Sternberg Foundation who reminded us of the many people across history whose greatest achievements have been when others might have stepped back into retirement. Mr Rutovitz gave a moving speech about the importance of getting more older people involved in helping those around the world in great need. After returning to Edinburgh after his first visit to Bosnia, Denis realised that there were many people willing and eager to help by fundraising and donating, and that not only was he going to continue helping those in need, his work would be helping those looking for a way to help. Patricia too found that it was not only children in Darfur whose lives Kids for Kids is changing. “It is a privilege to speak to children here. They are excited and empowered by finding that raising even a little money themselves makes a real impact on children their own age living such different lives. It gives them hope and helps them realise that you are never too young – or too old – to make a difference!” said Patricia.

The Times/ Sternberg Active Life Award was set up in 2008 by Sir Sigmund Sternberg, a British- Hungarian businessman, inter-faith campaigner and philanthropist, in conjunction with The Times. He died in 2016. This year’s judging panel included Sir John Ritblat and Sir Tom Farmer, the businessmen, and Craig Tregurtha, group managing editor of The Times and The Sunday Times.

For More Information or to use any Photographs please contact Sage Lancaster: sage@kidsforkids.org.uk, 07528 194495

Please Note: All official photos taken by Richard Pohle, The Times Photographer. Photos from Darfur taken by Alastair King-Smith

Timothy West CBE becomes A Patron – at last!

We are delighted to announce that Timothy West CBE has agreed to become a Patron. In fact, he has supported us over so many years, not least at our Candlelit Christmas Concert where he said he “already felt he was one of the family”.  Timothy has always had a passion for looking after children who would otherwise suffer through drought, starvation or warfare. He recognises and supports all of the lifesaving work that Kids for Kids is doing in Darfur.  We are honoured to have him as a Kids for Kids Patron. It’s official!

Timothy will be  joining us at our magical Kids for Kids Candlelit Christmas Concert next Thursday 29th November at St Peter’s Eaton Square London SW1W 9AL. For tickets and more information please read about our Candlelit Christmas Concert here!