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“The $40 Bed Project”- still growing!

June 5, 2009 by  
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The $40 Bed Project

Paco & Stan unload first bed.

Beds bring health.

. . . Good Christmas Gift –  more than 1,100 children in our one village must sleep on a cold, damp dirt floor? The same in the other two villages we serve.

Not having a bed to sleep in, even a simple wooden bed, is not only uncomfortable, it causes many respiratory problems and sicknesses.

We started “The $40 Bed Project” with the goal of providing at least 300 beds before the end of 2009. We are not sure where all the funds will come from, but the Lord knows and He will provide. So far, we have a few teams coming to do the work and we will work with local people to teach them how to help us make these beds.  Because each family must contribute 13 hours of work, they wiill use those donated hours to help make beds for other poor families. (More photos and story here.)

All we are lacking is the funds. If you, your Youth Group, Church or any other friends would like to help, simply click on the Donate tab and you can donate online.

More details and photos are here*UPdate: As of November 30, 2009 we have made 157 beds!

THANK YOU!

Who forces children to sleep on dirt floors?

June 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

Berta's house - 4 children slept on the dirt floor.

Berta's house - 4 children slept on the dirt floor.

The reality of the life of a child in the villages is that there simply is no money for the ‘basic’ needs of life. Many don’t have enough food to eat, decent clothes to wear or warm blankets at night.  In 95% of the families, up to six children have to “bed down” on a dirty, cold, damp dirt floor. There is no money for an extra bed.

The Bed Project will help every child in over 300 homes by giving them a bed – up to four or more will sleep in this one, over-sized wooden bed. This will keep them off the dirt, so they can be warmer each night.

Guatemala mission children health

Stan and Paco deliver the first bed!!

This is a health improvement project as much as anything. We see many sicknesses in the children due to sleeping on the dirt floors, and the use of these beds will help to dramatically improve their health. Respiratory problems and other sickness will decrease if the child doesn’t have to sleep on the dirt floor.

Happy children on the new bed.

Happy children on the new bed.

The cost of a sturdy wooden bed, 4 ft by 7 ft, is $40. We are seeking sponsors so that we will be able to provide a bed for each needy family.

These aren’t “hand outs” –  the people pay for the beds by giving us Volunteer Hours.  Each family works for 13 hours in exchange for a bed. Work  includes helping with the school kitchen including construction of the new kitchen, cleaning up trash, helping with maintenance work at our clinic, helping to make beds and build stoves for other needy families, and doing community project work.

We are excited about The Bed Project, because while it IS about the beds, and it IS about improving the health of children, as families work out their hours it will also be a great catalyst to create a better sense of community. We’ve seen it before, even in the USA, that when poor people help others in need, and help to improve their community, it creates a sense of self-esteem and community pride.

If you can help us to buy materials for more beds, click on the Donate tab and donate online.

THANK YOU.

They Came from…. Kentucky!

June 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

Happily waiting for lice shampoo treatment

Happily waiting for lice shampoo treatment

A group from Kentucky Adoption Services came to visit for a day and were a great blessing to the people of the village. This group worked very hard all day building beds, doing dozens of lice shampoos and helping in the clinic.

SEE A SLIDE SHOW (w/music) OF THEIR DAY IN THE VILLAGE: <click here>

Fermina had NO food, four children, always-drunk husband

Tammy, with Fermina who had NO food, and has four children and always-drunk husband

Team carrying bed downhill to Fermina's house

Team carrying bed downhill to Fermina's house