Kids for Kids

For several years IDS has supported Kids for Kids, a British charity working in Darfur, Sudan. Managing Director, Patrick Doyle is now a trustee of the charity, and one of the functions he performs is to organise the annual Ambassadors’ Ball in London every May to raise money for Kids for Kids.

Patrick says of his and IDS’s role, “As a company working in all parts of the world we feel that we have a responsibility to ‘give back’ something to the areas where conditions make life far harder for the local people.”

The Kids for Kids Goat Loan Project began 10 years ago, with the aim of providing goats to families in the remotest regions of Darfur. Using a very simple ‘loan-and-pass-the-offspring-on’ formula, the initiative has proved a success, providing goat’s milk for the children, as well as an income for the families involved by selling the milk.

More recently, Kids for Kids have been buying donkeys, to be used as donkey ambulances for the inhabitants of the isolated villages of Darfur. Each donkey is loaded with a cart to carry the sick and injured to hospital. It is primitive, but in the circumstances of the villages, it is sustainable and effective. Prior to the use of donkeys, the only way to get to medical aid was to walk up to 100 miles in 50 degree heat. If you were not able to walk, your family carried you, or you died. The donkeys are also used to collect water.

The charity started when Patricia Parker, the mother of a British diplomat spotted a 9 year old boy miles from anywhere – he walked everyday for 4 hours each way to collect a jerry can of water for his family – the donkey can do it in half the time and can carry 4 jerry cans.

Kids for Kids has also provided blankets and jumpers for the children of Darfur. To learn more about Kids for Kids, please visit

Hada Del Café

IDS is doing its bit to help educate the children of Nicaraguan coffee growing region, Miraflor.

Since buying 35% of Hada Del Café (originally The Coffee Fairy), IDS has been involved in the re-branding and launch of this exciting new fair-trade coffee. As well as buying coffee beans directly from the Miraflor farmers, part of the profits from the coffee sales are also fed back into the Nicaraguan coffee growing community.

Children at schools in the UK are also being encouraged to get involved by running their own initiatives to help raise money for their Central American counterparts.

So far, The Coffee Fairy, through Hada Del Café has turned coffee beans into new school desks, bookshelves and toilets, as well as helping to provide secondary educational scholarships for the children of Miraflor.

To learn more about this initiative, or to get your school involved in fund raising, pay a visit to The Coffee Fairy at