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Sweet Sleep demonstrates God’s love and hope in Christ to the world’s orphaned and abandoned children, improving their quality of life.

Beds Distributed

Why Beds?

In northern Uganda, many of the children we serve are HIV positive, and nearly all of them have lost both of their parents to HIV/AIDS or the brutality of a civil war. They sleep alone or with a relative inside a mud hut with a thatched roof on a floor of pressed red clay that is as hard and cold as concrete. These children suffer constantly from malaria, and because of a complete lack of sanitation, the contaminated earth contributes to intestinal worm infestations. Giving a bed means these kids will be safe from the cold, malaria, biting insects, and intestinal worms (against all which an HIV+ child has very little defense). Giving a child a bed can literally save his or her life in conditions such as these.

But there are also other answers to this question. When a Sweet Sleep team travels to these remote villages to provide beds, we show the beneficiaries that they have great value and worth – a dignity that was stolen from them during the war. They receive hope for a better tomorrow. When a child is not fighting malaria, he or she can be found in school. When a child is well rested, he or she performs better in school. And when a child’s wound is able to heal, they are able to run, dance, and enjoy life.

The beds are rebuilding communities. The civil war took so much from these people: their freedom, their courage, their self-worth. By giving them something such as a bed, something considered reserved for only the ruling class of Uganda, we are showing them they are worthy of a better life – one worth rebuilding.