When I look the word up in the dictionary, I find:
noun: concrete; plural noun: concretes
a heavy, rough building material made from a mixture of broken stone or gravel, sand, cement, and water, that can be spread or poured into molds and that forms a stonelike mass on hardening.
"slabs of concrete"
Nowhere can I find that it states it has a suitable surface for sleeping, and yet the boys we support in our DRC Feeding Program, find themselves calling concrete their beds.
Often when we are faced with the overwhelming needs, I ask myself what I would want others to do if it were me. Why is the world so unbalanced? Could I tuck my children into bed on a sheet of concrete? And if I did, would they find joy? Would they feel valued and loved?
We all have needs, some are just a little bigger and more urgent than the others. Concrete beds are an urgent need, a priority that can no longer be overlooked. We will not feel good about seeing these boys having to cling to one another in the night, to try and keep warm with the unforgiving concrete beneath them, anymore.
Very soon, a team member will be travelling to the DRC to visit this program and home. We would love to be able to provide these boys with beds that will not only prevent illness, but will give them a good nights rest. At very least, we would love to get them protection from the cold dampness of the concrete, but ideally, we would love to get them up off the floor, to protect them from rodents and insects. Mattresses AND bunkbeds are what we are aiming for!
The quotes we have obtained are as follows:
Bunkbeds (7) at $103 CAD each
Mattresses (14) at $73 CAD each
One time fee prevention (spray) of Jigger Fleas - $182 CAD
(Remember this time last year when we rallied for medical help for our little ones with Jigger infections?)
We are so THANKFUL for your support; we have seen your dollars add up to create wonderful change in the past and we know we can count on you again!
For the same cost as movies out with the family, you can provide a safe, warm place for one of these boys to lay their heads at night.
Will you consider sponsoring a mattress, bed, or a few dollars to help these boys?
Together, we can reach across the ocean and show the love of Canada to some boys who could really use it!
(Update - Project Complete - Thank you Sponsors!)