Imagine living your life without ever knowing the comfort of a bed. Contemplate the feeling of lying on the ground or a straw mat every night, knowing this was your only option. Now imagine, the feeling of lying on a bed for the very first time?
Before we had beds for our kids this was their reality and it remains the reality for many street kids in Lodwar. These children are used to sleeping on the ground where scorpions and malaria ridden mosquitoes abound. Before we had funds for beds, the children preferred sleeping outdoors. Once we were blessed with the funds for beds, we found local welders and shops to make the beds and provide the mattresses and bedding. We surprised the children with the beds, once they were complete. Their reactions were priceless. They ran, screamed, and jumped all over the beds. With eyes full of excitement and pure joy, they each claimed their own bed. As they tried them out for the first time, some of them were asleep within minutes. In that moment, it became clear to some of us that these kids had never felt a mattress before, let alone slept on one. It brought tears to our eyes to see them napping so peacefully.
When you rest your head on your pillow tonight, take a moment to enjoy it as if it was your first time. Put yourself into the shoes of our children and try to capture their joy. As you do this, Imagine how wonderful it would feel to give the gift of comfort to our children, as they lay their heads down each night.
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