Project information

Water - the gift of life - for Children in Darfur

As you read this, children in Darfur villages in Sudan are walking for hours across the desert for water. They are missing school and in danger of being attacked on their journey as violence increases in Darfur. There is water, but it is underground - please help us provide more hand pumps!

12 months +

Charity information: Kids for Kids

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  • Need


    Imagine you are 9 years old. Every day you miss school because you have to walk for 7 hours across scorching sand to fetch the water you and your younger brothers and sisters need to stay alive. You are thirsty, you are scared - what if you are attacked, or get lost in a sandstorm? You reach the hand pump, and have to queue. Finally, you face the long walk back - this time with a heavy Jerry Can. If only you had a pump in your village - there is water, but it is too deep underground to dig for.


    Kids for Kids is the only charity dedicated to helping the children of Darfur. We have adopted 70 villages so far, helping 350,000 people, and are adding another 8 villages this year. Among our many grassroots projects, we install handpumps in this troubled region where many other charities refuse to work or are not allowed to operate. We fence in our handpumps to keep animals away to keep the water clean, but we add a trough outside the fence so that they too can drink.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We want to provide handpumps for water in the 8 villages we have adopted this year.


    » We have funding pledged for 5 pumps from individuals (an 80th birthday celebration, 3 gifts in memoriam and a school) there are 4 left to fund.

    You will know we have succeeded when the handpumps are installed and we can share photos and news of the villagers using them. The immediate impact is clean water to drink!

  • Impact


    In the long term, children with easier access to clean water will be healthier and can go to school instead of walking for water. Their mothers will have a better chance of growing enough food and the opportunity to earn an income. With Kids for Kids support many villages also use this new resource to plant and sustain trees - a long term strategy for holding back the desert. After nurturing seedlings for 2 years the trees are self sufficient and provide food, shade and a potential income.


    There is a risk that animals could contaminate the water. We prevent this by putting a fence around the pumps. We ad a trough for the animals outside the fence so that they too can drink.


    Our supporters can follow our up to date news on Facebook, Twitter and our website, Those who join our mailing lists receive 2 postal mailings a year and occasional emails with major updates. They can also request information by contacting us.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,500 Handpump 1 Handpump to provide fresh clean water in a village in Darfur
      £6,500 Handpump 2 Handpump to provide fresh clean water in a village in Darfur
      £6,500 Handpump 3 Handpump to provide fresh clean water in a village in Darfur
  • Background


    Darfur, Sudan is one of the most remote places in the world. There is water underground, but villagers can not reach it by digging by hand, and have no money for a pump. Children are walking for many hours each day in search of water. This is a tragedy because a local hand pump is all that is needed to solve the problem. The region has suffered escalating violence this year and many other agencies have had to leave. Kids for Kids is their last hope.


    Kids for Kids exists to help the forgotten children in the villages of Darfur, Sudan. We have adopted 70 villages and helped over 350,000 people to date. This year we are adopting 8 more villages. This is one of the most deprived regions in the world. People only eat what they can grow. When food runs out they cannot buy anything as inflation has devalued what little money they had. All 36 villages who applied this year reported children dying from malnutrition.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kids for Kids is able to operate in Darfur where many other agencies have left or been asked to leave. This is thanks to our partnership approach and grassroots philosophy of empowering local people from within each village community to make the projects happen. We train a committee in each village and they are held accountable by their community. This means we do not waste money on unnecessary admin, and the projects deliver the benefits as intended.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Patricia Parker MBE

    Patricia Parker MBE is our Founder, CEO and Chairman of Trustees. She is in daily contact with the team in Sudan and makes all spending decisions.

Children walk many miles each day for water

Children walk many miles each day for water


Provides a hand pump for fresh clean water