Helping families to stay together in their homes.
When drought hits fathers and older brothers are extra mouths to feed. They have to leave to find a way to earn money to help save their children from starvation. Kids for Kids helps families to be self sufficient and to stay together, not becoming refugees.
Kids for Kids
It is trying to stop people being forced to leave their homes because of starvation. Fathers and older brothers have no alternative when food is scarce but to try to find a job. In Sudan there are no jobs so they become refugees desperate to be able to help their families back home.
By strengthening families we are enabling them to stay together, to educate their children and to lift themselves out of abject poverty.
To enable families to stay together, and not become separates becoming refugees
Activities» We train them to care for their goats which we lend for two years, giving them a livelihood. They pass on 6 to another family after 2 years.
» We provide donkeys which are the only transport - essential to improve livelihoods and plough more land and help fetch water, often miles away.
» We teach livelihood skills such as benefitting from the biproducts of trees. We provide farm tools and 14 varieties of drought resistant trees.
We take case studies to see how each family is succeeding and publicise results on our website, social media & press releases
To build an income to enable the families to stay together
Activities» We teach them how to maximise the income earned from goat's milk, & how to make yoghourt, to book keep etc plus how to care for their animals.
» We provide donkeys, mainly jennies which will breed, which not only help families directly, but can be hired out.
» By teaching further livelihood skills people can build up their incomes. We train people to make better use of their land and provide the tools.
We have statistics on all our beneficiaries so can compare income, health of the children (visible signs of malnutrition), ability to feed, clothe, send the children to school etc
Long term change is in the health of the children, and their attendance at school. When the father is able to stay, the family will increase their income because they are able to grow more crops or look after their animals better. This results in a higher income/standard of living and in some cases we know that children have even managed to attend university in the regional capital. We will be able to show case studies with detailed statistics.
Risks include violence, which has been ongoing since 2003, and cyclical drought. We work closely with the State Government departments so that our projects are run by local people and are not targeted. By enabling people to stay at home there is less likelihood they will join rebel groups or swell the ranks of the world's refugees. In years of drought we provide supplementary fodder for the animals and even seed for planting for the following year's food.
We report regularly twice a year via newsletters, we also email when there is major news, plus we update our website regularly and post weekly news via social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc). We update Major donors if they sponsor specific projects.
Budget - Project Cost: £25,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,500 training teaching community to be accountable £1,500 Training in each village teaching beneficiaries how to care for their animals and improve land management £22,000 Distribution of assets we provide 6 goats + 1 donkey each to 96 families
Current Funding / Pledges
Source Amount individuals £2,000 Guaranteed
Remote villages in North Darfur, west Sudan. It is a region of extreme aridity, isolated geographically, politically and economically. There is virtually no infrastructure and children living in these remote villages are amongst the most deprived in the world.
Children in particular. By helping their fathers and older brothers to remain at home they will gain the love and care that are the right of every child. The increase in income will have an enormous affect on their well being and the milk from the goats will have a direct and immediate impact on their health. Children face starvation, particularly this year when drought has been the worst for over 15 years.
Kids for Kids is one of a small handful of charities still working in Darfur, and is the only one created specifically to help children in Darfur. Our projects are all aimed at being sustainable and are identified and run by the communities themselves. We have a proven track record of 16 years of helping to lift whole communities, and individual families, out of poverty, giving them a chance to improve their own lives.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Chairman of the Kids for Kids Steering Committee which implements our projects in Darfur. He is Darfurian. Volunteer
Dr Salim Ahmed Salim
Programme Manager and Veterinary Doctor who is a paid member of staff in Darfur who manages the projects and ensures the welfare of the animals.
Project Officer - in charge of all data collection and project implementation in Darfur
Will provide 6 goats to a family and in 2 years they will pass 6 to another family - and so on.
"There is no malnutrition in my village and our village is growing thanks to Kids for Kids. Instead of fathers being forced to leave home to try to find a way to support their families, families are moving to Azargarfa because they know it is stronger.!