Charter Night: Patricia Updates Rotary on Village Adoption!
Patricia Parker, Kids for Kids Founder and CEO, was recently invited to the Bookham and Horsley Rotary for their Charter Night celebration to present them with the most recent news from Um Keddada Village. The Rotary has done an incredible amount of work to raise enough to adopt the village in honour of Peter Hudson, a wonderful member of their branch who passed away.
Patricia presented Peter’s widow Elizabeth with a certificate for her outstanding work, as well as to the rest of the club for their exceptional support. We are very grateful to other Rotary Clubs from District 1145 who joined in to support Bookham and Horsley! When a village is adopted, every single one of Kids for Kids projects are implemented, from Goat Loans, Donkeys, a clean water handpump, mosquito nets, and blankets, to midwives, paravets, and first aid workers and much more!
The key is to ensure that the whole village is involved. Patricia showed members pictures of the many meetings in Um Keddada, and ‘introduced’ them to some of the beneficiaries.
“What an honour it was to show the members of Bookham and Horsley Rotary just how many lives they have changed in Darfur,” says Patricia. “The funds raised and subsequent projects we are able to bring to the community of Um Keddada will continue to change lives daily because everything is sustainable. Thank you so much, and to all the other Rotary Clubs that are making this possible.”
Kids for Kids will continue to support families in Um Keddada. Sadly this year, like so many other villages in Darfur, the failure of the harvest has meant enormous hardship. To prevent starvation Kids for Kids is asking for help to provide a sack of flour, fodder for the animals and a sack of seed for planting for next year’s harvest, initially for 3,000 people. “At this stage we do not know how many families are in urgent need” said Patricia. “Our plan is to provide much more for villages, including Um Keddada, but we cannot plan these until we know the extent of the emergency.” If you would like to help support these families please donate with the reference ‘Um Keddada’. Thank you.