Humbled and Inspired

In Uganda, women have minimal rights. When a woman becomes a widow or her husband leaves her for another wife, the in-laws often take away her hut and all she possesses, claiming that it belongs to them. Women and their children are then kicked out of their living spaces; left to find jobs and fend for themselves. If their husbands … Read More

Every Story Matters

Hayden and I shared the devotional this morning and shared a story of two men passing by two other young men who were hungry and strangers in a new town. As one man passed them, he gave them some money, but his friend got down on their level, looked into their eyes, and extended them dignity by asking their name … Read More

Refuge For The Weary

Today our team traveled three hours in our bus from Gulu to Adjumani. Adjumani is an area that is home to approximately 82,000 South Sudanese refugees. Since 2013, there has been a bloody conflict between two opposing political parties. Many people think that American politics has risen to new heights of vitriol in the last few years, but nothing we … Read More

A Salon, Candles, and Leadership

Today I visited with some ladies from two of our Co-Op groups in Kampala. My first stop was to see Mariam, who is a member of a poultry group that launched in the spring of 2017. In addition to working with the group poultry project, Mariam has opened her own hair salon with a loan that she took out from … Read More

Coming Home

Today was our second day in Uganda. Even though I have never been here before, it feels like coming home. I am completely in love with this country. Each place that we have gone, every person present is treated with the utmost respect. I had heard before I arrived that the people in Gulu were very kind and welcoming. Experiencing … Read More

3000 on the Border of Kenya

Today we drove about 95 km from Kitgum town to the village of Patonga to distribute 120 mattresses and kits. Oh what a beautiful ride. Mountains…sunflower fields…cotton fields…1 lane red-dirt roads…dust…huts…people! It was a three hour drive. We caught a glimpse of the tone of the day upon arrival. A huge sea of faces, a mob really, greeted us at … Read More

Uganda Distribution Day 4

Today was Distribution Day #4 and WOW, what a day! I will try to capture this special day by sharing a few highlights with you, they are as follows: The weather was beautiful Our destination was only (30) minutes away The greeting we received upon our arrival was energetic, passionate and traditional The area school children were full of smiles … Read More

Uganda Distribution Day 4

My heart was filled with various emotions because I knew it was our final day of distributing beds. However, for these 90 children in the northern most part of Uganda, it was one of the happiest days of their lives because they knew that Sweet Sleep was coming.  So I tried to imagine their emotions.  I bet their hearts were … Read More

Gulu Uganda Distribution Day 3

Through the eyes of our youngest member   I’m sharing with you our third day of distributions through the eyes of a sixteen year old. The trend of long and bumpy roads continued as we traveled 3 hours outside of Kitgum to reach our distribution site. Pulling up to the site we had no clue what to expect as this … Read More

Coming out of hiding…

Something we talk about through these Northern Uganda distributions are the children who come out of hiding.  It’s worth explaining what this means, and how Sweet Sleep responds. HIV/AIDS is so prevalent in Northern Uganda.  With great intention we seek out organizations who are caring for this extremely vulnerable population.  We’ve been meeting with HIV and infectious disease specialists to … Read More