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Charity Name: Kids For Kids
KIDS FOR KIDS helps children the world has forgotten, children in Darfur, Sudan, who live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship. Our key project is a goat loan – we don’t believe in charity, we believe in enabling people to help themselves. Children are malnourished in every village. We believe in long term sustainable development.
Since 2001 Kids for Kids’ unique package of sustainable projects has transformed the lives of children across North Darfur. Kids for Kids provides not just basic health care – village midwives, first-aid workers and drugs, plus paravets and veterinary drugs for the animals and much more – but the key project is a Goat Loan. Five nanny goats are lent to the poorest families in a village for two years, then they pass on the same number of healthy offspring to another family. Beneficiaries are chosen democratically by the village. By the time rotation is due the little flock will have grown and not only does it mean the children have access to goat’s milk and all its valuable protein, minerals and vitamins, but the mothers have an income for the first time in their lives. But as Joanna Lumley OBE, who is Patron of our charity, says “The health of the animals is closely linked to the health of the children.”
To date, we have adopted 100 villages across North Darfur. Over 550,000 people whose lives have been improved long term in one of the most remote and inaccessible regions of the world, where violence is still a daily hazard on the walk to water. Children who might never have survived are now at university. Families are staying together in their homes. Kids for Kids’ villages are growing. Youngsters are not being asked by their desperate mothers to leave home to find work so they can send funds home so their younger siblings will not starve. There is health care for both humans and animals in our villages, people are being given the means to improve their standard of living and in 2013 the first Kids for Kids’ Kindergarten opened its doors. To date, we have built nine Kindergartens. Most important of all, there is clean water from new and repaired hand pumps.
We are a very small charity, with a small team. We don’t spend money on overheads like an office, or even advertising but instead rely on word of mouth. Every penny counts!