|Sally Jo, Doug, 5,000 bedkit recipient, Messenh|
The Togo team 2016 happily completed our distribution of 5,000 bedkits today. It was another hot and humid day as the van bounced along the dusty roads. The landscape changed from city to villages, heavy traffic to ambling pedestrians. The fields growing corn, cassava and the ever-present mango trees had the cameras clicking.
Arriving at the site we were greeted by a rainbow of children wearing the t-shirts, shorts and skirts from the bedkit. We really have enjoyed dancing with the adults, “high fiving” the kids and using the bubble wands to bring laughter.
The area was really well shaded so the children were comfortable out of the sun and the young volunteers did a great job of lining them up for the photographs.
100, 200, 300, 400 and finally 500 back packs and mattresses had found new owners. A photograph of the lucky #5,000th child was taken. Our mission was accomplished.
After a wrap up meeting with our AED (Action Enfance et Developpement) partners, there were thanks and hugs all around. We know we have made a difference for the children and their families. Murray’s dream that every child should have “the comfort of a good night’s sleep” is closer to reality.
On the return journey we passed a village where a couple of children were hanging around. Time to give them a soccer ball! A crowd gathered within minutes as the ball and pump were given to one lucky boy. But of course the game requires many players so we know that more children will feel the love of strangers as they play soccer in their village.
Sally Jo Martin for Team Togo 2016Post your comments here: