The latest Annual Accounts 2014 – 2015 have been approved by the Trustees and have been fully audited by Frith & Co in accordance with our policy of commissioning a full audit, although we are not legally required to do so, to ensure maximum transparency.
The Accounts are available on line, together with the full Chairman’s Report. If you would like a hardcopy please send an A4 SAE, large stamp, to: Patricia Parker MBE, Chairman, Kids for Kids P O Box 456 Dorking RH4 2WS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST MARCH 2015
- Our Goat Loan Project continues to be vital in helping children to survive. This is becoming even more critical as starvation hits the villages, where outside help is minimal.
- The Kids for Kids programme team in Darfur, working through the locally registered volunteer Kids for Kids Steering Committee, under the Chairmanship of Adam Sebil is continuing to support and train local communities to run the projects.
- Water – we continue to fund new handpumps and to repair others that have failed. We are funding the training of Water Committees who are also trained in the construction of latrines. There are virtually none in any village and our belief is that sanitation and hygiene are key factors in children’s health
- Our first Kids for Kids Kindergarten was completed in Abu Nahla in 2013. The oldest children are now moving onto ‘big school’ this year. Three more kindergartens will be completed during the year. Key to success is the partnership we have created with the State Ministry of Education and the communities.
- Pilot Projects to provide seed for planting, fodder crops and supplementary feed for the ‘hungry’ months for the animals have proved successful in alleviating starvation. We plan to extend these, subject to the level of donations we can secure during the year.
- The new Animal Welfare Project to provide next year’s new beneficiaries with preventive medicines for their goats and donkeys, including worming and parasite control, has started.
- The Kids for Kids’ Project Implementation Manual which captures the lessons of our innovative approach to projects and details the communities participation in ensuring their success, was again revised and translated into Arabic. This is the working Manual for all the Kids for Kids’ communities.
- The continued use of volunteers and sponsorship enables administrative costs to remain low. Our Volunteer Coordinator in San Francisco is encouraging support in America.
- Trustees have continued making contingency plans which include a full year’s reserves policy, plus potential cover in emergency. Communities increasingly rely on Kids for Kids. The Trustees are determined to maintain projects but also to be careful not to over commit to avoid the sort of disaster that has overtaken other charities.
- We are inviting supporters to consider Kids for Kids for a legacy. Our first legacy has enabled us to support an entire community. We have information for anyone interested in providing a living memorial for themselves or for a loved one.
- In the light of increasing, and troubling, needs in Darfur, plans are in place to expand our project work even further as funds allow.
New projects plans –
Long term planning continues to be to provide a women’s literacy programme, and education centres in all our villages. We believe in empowering women so they can help their own families.