The thing girls fear most in Darfur is childbirth. The incidence of death or fistula in the remote villages of Darfur is amongst the highest in the world. People move to villages when they know there is a trained midwife. Few villages have health care of any sort. For the past 18 years Kids for Kids has funded the training of village midwives and these brave women have transformed the survival rate of both mothers and their newborn babies.
In December, the latest 34 Kids for Kids village midwives returned to their homes. “We are completely blown away by the exam results of our new Kids for Kids midwives!” said Sage Lancaster who now works for Kids for Kids having learnt about their sustainable projects when she was at school in Hampstead, London. Every year Kids for Kids trains new midwives from our adopted villages, empowering them to learn new skills, master a profession, and earn an income – changing their lives dramatically. In our last training session, 34 women from Kids for Kids villages studied in Khartoum, and scored some of the best exam results of their whole graduating class! They are now all officially qualified and have returned to their villages in Darfur to start saving lives.
One of our midwives, Munira from Fardal village, scored the second highest result of the whole class! Munira’s training was sponsored by Delamere Dairy to celebrate the first grandchild of their founders. Tyba from Um Judoul scored the third highest result, and Salma from Geleidat Villages scored the 4th highest results. Kids for Kids midwives also held the 5th, 7th and 8th places! “What a huge representation” said Sage, “It just goes to show how intelligent our volunteer midwives are, how willing and able to learn, study hard, and achieve great things. It is especially impressive to think that most girls do not finish their education, and school in Darfur is as basic as it could be. Many have no chairs or desks or teaching aids – just a blackboard for the teacher.”
Our Project Leader, Hassan, had a chance to speak to Munira at the celebration we held for midwives in El Fasher who graduated on December 10th. Munira said “I was very afraid when I left our village to go to Khartoum where we were all taught at the Midwife Training School. It is so different from our village, and so far away. We had to fly there!” Up until that journey Munira and her friends had only ever travelled on a donkey, as there are few roads in Darfur.
These brave women have now returned to their own home villages in Darfur where they will help deliver the babies of their neighbours and friends. These extraordinary women have been given the knowledge and tools to ensure their loved ones are kept safe in their homes where there is so little access to health care for pregnant women. How incredible!
For more information about our Midwives please look here. To support the training of our new midwives this year please donate in our online shop, specifying at check out for the donation to support midwives – or even fund one midwife’s entire training here! Thank you.