Kids for Kids is virtually the only organisation helping children in rural villages of Darfur, Sudan living in unimaginable poverty. We provide a range of grassroots sustainable projects to each village we adopt, that are identified and run by the community members themselves. So far we have adopted 92 villages, transforming the health of children immediately, providing an income to mothers, often for the first time ever, and lifting whole communities out of poverty long term.
However, this year there has been famine in Darfur because of the drought and resulting failed harvest. Right now it is what are frighteningly called ‘The Hungry Months’ in Darfur, but this year people have been facing starvation for many months. Families that have managed to save seeds, are beginning to plant, but, this year, the drought has been so extreme that many families have had no alternative but to eat seeds they should be planting – leaving them with none to plant right now for the coming harvest. We have to help.
Combined with soaring inflation and the drastic devaluation of the Sudanese pound to less than a third of its value, people are in desperate need. Starvation is a real and frightening spectre for the coming months and the young succumb first. The world has not responded to a call for aid, so we are asking your help to enable us to provide families with 90 kilos of sorghum flour which will last a family for the next three months and one sack of seed which can be planted immediately. Kids for Kids is not an emergency organisation but we have to help children who have no other hope.
For many families this is the most challenging time of year, when there is rain but no harvest as yet. The grass is beginning to grow and the animals will at last have fresh food – our goats will produce kids, and milk for the children to drink. Kids for Kids’ goats are more important now as many children will have had no protein for many months. It will be another three months before people will have anything they can harvest and then have food to eat, and hopefully a surplus to sell for other essentials.
A combination of our sustainable grassroots projects and our Urgent NeedPackages, designed specifically for this crisis, will ensure that children and animals do not starve. Please can you save a child’s life today so we can improve their lives forever?