We just finished day 6 of our 2018 Sleeping Children Around the World bedkit distribution in Honduras and I’m pleased to say that another 500 children are getting a “Better Night’s Sleep” in this developing country.
Today, we travelled approximately 50 miles outside of Tegucigalpa to a rural area called Comayagua. The Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa once again partnered with the Rotary Club of Comayagua to coordinate a bedkit distribution, so that the children in this region could receive a bedkit from a donor in Canada. The children in this community were challenged by a lack of accessible drinking water, malnutrition and poverty to a much greater scale then what we had experienced the first 5 days of this distribution. Despite these challenges, the children were very excited and happy to participate in the distribution.
After the distribution was completed, we had a chance to visit the homes of four past recipients that had received bedkits in 2017. The conditions they lived in were challenging, as the working poor in Honduras lack many of the amenities that we take for granted. Small dwellings, a lack of food and rooms shared by multiple family members were consistent themes in all the homes we visited. It was nice to see that the bedkits items were still in good condition and shared amongst the entire family. The families that we visited were also very appreciative and thankful for the “Gift of Sleep” that Sleeping Children Around the World had provided them with the bedkit.
As I reflect on the day, I feel very blessed to be able to participate on a bedkit distribution that has such a lasting impact on those less fortunate. It becomes very evident that the key to Honduras’ success will be the ability for these children, the country's future, to get a better night’s sleep. If they can be more cognizant at school, they will be able to use education to assist them in pursuing their dreams. We are definitely taking positive steps in that direction with the 500 children we supported today.
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