With your help, we installed a record total of 12 successful handpumps in our villages last year.
Water is always one of our most challenging projects. The terrain is difficult. Despite one of the largest aquafers in Africa lying under Darfur, the basement strata means that surveys can be inaccurate, or, almost worse, water can be contaminated by underground chemicals from the different layers of rock.
To have no less than 12 successful handpumps providing clean fresh water to communities who have spent years of their lives walking for water, truly is a dream come true.
But, across Darfur, there are still children walking hours under the hot desert sun to reach the nearest water miles away. Even in villages that have had a handpump nearby there are many needing repair – beyond the abilities of the villagers to do themselves. With no other organisations helping, we need to repair pumps too. There are still so many communities that need our help.
This year we are planning to drill and install 5 new hand pumps in the 5 villages we adopted last year, as well as a solar submersible pump. A handpump costs $8,125 and can be named after your loved one – a living memorial – but we also have a water fund to which you can add any amount - repairing a handpump costs $625 – and everyone needs a jerry can – just $32 for two.
But we need your help!
These pumps will provide easily accessible clean water to thousands of families and their animals. Children will no longer have to walk hours for water. Instead, they can attend school, gain an education and dream of a future out of poverty. Children need your help!
Please can you help us help them achieve their dream by donating to our water projects?
Majdoub A 2007 joined the Kids for Kids programme in 2007 and has been one of our most successful villages.
Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to select 55 goat beneficiaries, the poorest families, in Majdoub A 2007 to help initially.
On 12th September 2008, these beneficiaries received a total of 275 nanny goats, 18 billy goats, 55 donkeys, 110 mosquito nets and 110 blankets. Every two years the next generation of beneficiaries passed on 5 nanny goats to another family.
Hand pumps were drilled in the village and training was undertaken so the villagers could run the projects themselves. Three paravets, two midwives and two first aid workers were also trained to provide health services to the goats and families and to help in deliveries saving the lives of many mothers and infants.
In 2008 a community forest was established in the village. On 12th September 2010 the village held a 100% successful first goat rotation, whereby all the previous goat beneficiaries each gave 5 nanny goats to another of the poorest families, adding 55 goat beneficiaries to the village. In 2011, as a reward, the village received the first Kids for Kids health unit. On 12th November 2012 another 100% successful second goat rotation took place, adding another 55 goat beneficiaries. In 2020, the village was rewarded with the 14th Kids for Kids’ kindergarten.
Kids for Kids has continued to provide services to the villages, helping the local community in emergencies like droughts and shortage of rains, providing seeds, fodder, millet and durra and supported households who were affected by fires and floods.
H.E. Giles Lever was given a very warm welcome by our team in Darfur and the villagers in Majdoub A and said that the UK was “fully committed to helping Sudan achieve peace and stability”.
The British Ambassador to Sudan pointed out that achieving peace and stability in Sudan requires the participation of everyone from different regions of Sudan and he’s proud of the Kids for Kids achievements at Majdoub A 2007 and North Darfur villages.
Our Honorary Chairman of the Khartoum Committee, Hatim, thanked the British Ambassador for his visit to a Kids for Kids village and thanked the villagers for their great reception and warm welcome. His thanks also extended to the village community for protecting and maintaining all Kids for Kids' projects, especially the community forest and he confirmed to the local community that Kids for Kids is committed to implement the remaining one kilometre water pipeline from Elquoe village to Majdoub (A) 2007.
We are thrilled that, with your support, Majdoub A is thriving and the future is full of hope for the families who live there.
But there are many more villages, just like Majdoub A, that need our help!
And, of course, it all starts with water! Something we all take for granted when we so easily turn on a tap...
This holiday season, could you consider donating to our Water Projects to bring clean, safe water to those who need it most?
Thank you so much for your generosity - we are forever grateful!
Wow! We are truly thankful to the students at the International School of Brooklyn (ISB) who have managed to raise a whopping $2,800 with their third wonderful Walk for Water!
Preschool and Lower School students carried heavy bottles and jugs of water - just like the children in Darfur have to do every day - as they completed sponsored laps around ISB's block.
The students were so excited to support Kids for Kids that they walked, walked and walked..!
Thank you to all those students and to their wonderful friends and family who sponsored them - you are all superheroes!
The International School of Brooklyn has been an unbelieveable supporter of Kids for Kids for many years now. Can you help children in Darfur, just like these children have?
It all started when Patricia Parker OBE, Founder of Kids for Kids, went to visit the Southbank International School in North London 21 years ago! A little girl there, Sage, was so enamoured with the work of Kids for Kids that she told her whole family about it and, year after year, always asked for a goat certificate for Christmas.
When Sage's family moved back to the States a few years later, her little 6 year-old brother, Owen, was enrolled at the International School of Brooklyn - and that's when this wonderful relationship began!
ISB decided to do a Walk for Water in support of Kids for Kids and their initial walk was enchanting! The children were excited to walk from the school with their empty water bottles to the Brooklyn Boat Pond where they filled them up with water and carried them back to school again. Funnily enough, they were less excited to be carrying the full water bottles when they became so heavy!!
To think of how many lives the children and families of ISB have managed to save since that first Walk for Water is just incredible and quite overwhelming.
The Walk for Water is an amazing initiative and these vital funds raised will help us dig wells to provide desperately-needed clean water to families and their animals in Darfur.
Thank you so much to the International School of Brooklyn and all your supportive students, friends and families who have managed to raise such life-saving funds.
Could you consider organising a Walk for Water with your local school?
Children love helping children their own age and this would be such a positive step in helping these forgotten children in Darfur have access to one of life's most basic essentials.
Water really is life.
We are delighted to have received confirmation that no less than six new water pumps have been installed in six of our villages in Darfur - Abu Sinait (A), Aub Sinait (B), Maagla, Derma, Um Isheira and Tartoura Birkat Jaro - and it's all down to YOU! THANK YOU! These villages have been waiting for far many months, but conditions in Sudan meant that getting spare parts for the drill was a major logistical problem. The drill is mounted on a massive truck and one of the problems has been getting fuel. So the news that no less than six villages have water close by at last is the best news possible.
After two long years, amidst the spread of Covid, the military coup and the recent uncertainty and attacks in Darfur, WES has finally been able to start drilling for water and installing hand pumps in some of our newest villages.
Can you imagine just how life-changing this access to clean, safe water will be?
Mothers will no longer fear that their animals and children will perish in the heat; instead they can plan for the future.
Children will no longer have to spend their days walking miles under the hot desert sun to reach the nearest hand pump; instead they will have the opportunity to gain an education and a future out of poverty. When we installed our first handpump all those years ago in Um Ga'al it meant every little boy and girl could at last go to school every day. Think what a difference that made to their future.
Drought-resistant trees, planted in the villages to slow the impact of environmental change, will no longer struggle to survive in their early years; instead they will thrive, grow strong and provide much-needed shade, fruits and other by-products for families to sell and from which to make a living.
Water truly is the gift of life and we are so grateful for all your donations to our Water projects.
Without you, we wouldn't be able to consider these life-saving projects - but there is still lots of work to be done!
We are now planning to install hand pumps in another 7 of our newest villages - but we need your continued support. Please do tell your friends as we never spend donations on advertising.
Please will you consider donating to help us achieve our goals? To help us see fresh, clean water flowing easily in our remote villages? To help us give children the future they deserve? And to help us slow the spread of the Sahara and see Darfur green once again?
Watch our video here of when water was first struck - remarkable!
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