The Calais crisis is a tragedy, but what about the basic cause? Why are so many young men braving horrendous danger to try, by all means possible, to reach London? What are their lives like that they leave their homes and their families with no way to return? “My heart goes out to these young men following their Dick Whittington dream that the roads of London are paved with gold” said Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids, today. “Compared to the conditions they have left behind, they are right.
Kids for Kids is inviting fans of Ruth Rendell, who died on 2nd May 2015, to help provide clean water for countless children in her name. Whilst the world will remember Ruth Rendell's wonderful, captivating writing, many fans will be unaware that Lady Rendell was a long term supporter and dedicated Patron of Kids for Kids, the Dorking based charity that helps the forgotten children of Darfur. For nearly fourteen years she has been a friend and mentor to Patricia Parker MBE the charity’s founder.
"Children are starving in villages in Darfur, but I know how to help" said Joanna Lumley OBE when she met Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids to accept her appointment as Patron of the charity this month. "Goats are the miracle animals of Africa. Their milk will save a child from starvation, and this is what Kids for Kids does best! They lend goats; and save children's lives."
151 small children in Abu Nahla, a village 40kms from El Fasher, the regional capital of North Darfur, not only go to school every day, they go by school bus - carts pulled by strong donkeys! KIDS FOR KIDS, which has been transforming the lives of children living in remote villages in North Darfur since 2001, despite ongoing violence, has opened its first Kindergarten! A Festival of Music and Dance will be performed by local people at the Official Opening in January, when the biannual Rotation of Goats, (healthy kids are passed on from one family to another) will also take place.
Despite worsening news of continued violence and inflation, which has soared to over 45%, in the troubled region of Darfur giving rise to widespread malnutrition, outbreaks of yellow fever, malaria, diarrhoea and vomiting of epidemic proportion, families living in villages adopted by Kids for Kids can look forward to a better future in 2013. "We are showing there is a way to make a real difference. This is my New Year's Resolution" says Patricia Parker MBE, Founder of Kids for Kids.
This little girl should be at school - but there is no school in her village.
DARFUR IN 2012: The Foreign Office continues to advise against all travel to Darfur. In the absence of the big aid agencies and their publicity machines there are no reports of current conditions. In the villages beyond the camps, children sleep on the sand, in a bare hut made from the stalks of the staple crop, millet. Every single person, not just the children, faces prolonged malnutrition in the wake of severe drought in 2010/2011. Many children have nothing to sleep under and succumb to chest infections, a major risk when they are malnourished.
Not everyone has forgotten Darfur! Out of sight a miracle is happening! In a village adopted by Kids for Kids, some of the most deprived children in the world are no longer facing malnutrition and a bleak future, thanks to 89 of the most famous people in the world, including The Prince of Wales, The Pope, The Prime Minister, actors, artists and politicians. All have donated pictures which they had drawn themselves and which were sold for over £53,000!
HOUSE OF COMMONS - Portcullis House Westminster, Tuesday 7th July 2009 -
My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen
Six and a half years ago KIDS FOR KIDS had to make a decision as to whether we should stop trying to help families in the remote villages of Darfur, where we had already been supporting communities for two years, and wait for peace to return to this troubled region.
Sudan's Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, Dr Abdel Bagi Gaillani, has praised a British-based charity for its work in the country's war-torn Darfur area. The Minister made a presentation to Patricia Parker MBE, founder of KIDS FOR KIDS during a visit this week to Khartoum, following the expulsion of 16 aid agencies from Sudan earlier this year.
Urgent action is needed now to prevent major disaster
KIDS FOR KIDS has received reports from the villages of Darfur that water shortage is already affecting many families. This follows consternation at the expulsion of 13 aid agencies from Darfur. Although these were concentrating on providing aid to the hundreds of thousands of people living in the camps, it is thought that the only chance many families will now have is to return to still surviving villages.
KIDS FOR KIDS was launched this spring to help people help themselves. It is raising money to provide long term, self sustaining, community led projects aimed at helping the children of the poorest families in Sudan. The campaign will raise funds for vital work to help people in Darfur, in the west of Sudan, an area almost forgotten by the international community, yet three times larger than the United Kingdom.