Teen Lock-Out

About this Program

Can sleeping in a parking lot really change a life? Stop Wondering. Displace yourself.

750,000 children in northern Uganda are now growing up in “child-headed” households. They’ve lost their parents from war or disease—like HIV/AIDS or malaria. Imagine: you’re 15 and you’re the head of the house, responsible for your 4 younger brothers and sisters. You must make choices, daily, on whether you’ll go to school or find some work. If you go to school, there is no money to buy food for dinner that night. If you choose work, then you will be more likely to have a simple dinner. But, you gave up school to make that happen. If you don’t go to school, what will happen to your dreams?

In northern Uganda, the more than 22-year attacks by the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army), are a memory. Still fresh, but each day allows these children and teenagers the opportunity to put a little more distance between the terror they lived with and the hope they have in tomorrow.

Sleeping in a parking lot can change lives. By participating in an Under the Stars lock-out campaign, you will experience what it’s like to live in one of these huts, and not have a healthy, comfortable place to sleep. As they prepare to sleep on the cold, hard ground, looking up at the stars, your students will hear the stories of children and young adults just like them who are sleeping under the same sky – children who are praying for hope and love to come to them.

You will be changed. And the lives of orphans thousands of miles away will be changed, too. A resettlement kit for one of these children, including a straw mat, comfortable mattress, warm blanket, life-saving mosquito net and a Bible in their own language is just $50. How many kids can your group resettle?

Sweet Sleep’s “Under the Stars” lock-out event is designed for high school and college students to experience what the night is like for orphaned and abandoned children around the world. In places like Uganda, Moldova and Ethiopia, orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children go to sleep each night on the cold, hard ground, either because they simply have no bed in which to sleep, or because they have been displaced from their families – abandoned into the streets to care for themselves – and must sleep wherever they can find a place to lay their heads