Saturday, 26 August 2017

Honduras: Rotoract's Last Day of Distribution & Pajama Day!!

The amazing rotoracts hosted the last day of distribution, by focusing on the SCAW mandate of getting a good night's sleep by coming to work in their pajamas! Some of the team members joined in the fun by wearing their pj's as well! The rotoracts outdid themselves again with their great work ethic and wonderful interaction with the young recipients. At the conclusion of the distribution, the rotoracts presented the team members with a gift of a picture of them in action, as well as a beautiful candle crafted in Honduras. We will remember fondly our 2 weeks spent with these wonderful young people distributing 5000 bed kits!!!




Signing off from Honduras!!
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Friday, 25 August 2017

Honduras: By the Numbers in Honduras

Tonight we were invited to the Rotarians' weekly meeting. The main agenda was to discuss Sleeping Children's history and success in Honduras. And what a success it has been! To date,  over 2.5 million dollars (US) has been donated and over 77 000 bed kits have been distributed to needy Honduran children. 


At the end of the night, the SCAW travelling volunteers received a certificate of appreciation from the Rotarians. 


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Thursday, 24 August 2017

Honduras: Bouncing Along With A Smile!!

So many happy children bouncing out of the schoolyard with their new bedkits! We all want to thank our donors for bringing smiles to so many faces. Here are a few of the kids you have helped get a good night’s sleep. 






We were able to visit the homes of four children who received bedkits last year. The bedkit items were being used, and the families were happy to show us their home. It was a bumpy dirt road and a steep hike to get there, but we were all glad to be given the opportunity to get a closer perspective on the home life of the children. 






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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Honduras: All About The Children!!

Today was all about the children. We travelled to a quaint little town where we were greeted by 500 happy children and their families. These pictures tell us exactly why we are here. Whether they are waiting patiently in line or anxiously pointing to their favourite pattern, we know they will sleep well tonight and arrive at school tomorrow with new clothes and new school supplies. 


The most popular bedkit today was the 'minion print' with many children asking for it. We ended the day with these lucky children.




But these aren't the only smiles we see, our group of Rotarians, Rotaracts and extra helpers leave knowing that we all had a part in creating the smiles on those 500 children. 



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Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Honduras: Steps in the Right Direction!!

We just finished day 6 of our 2017 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 where the social network is not as forgiving as a major city.  The Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa 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 malnutrition, poverty and a lack of opportunity on a much greater scale then what we had experienced the first 5 days of this distribution.  Despite their challenges the children were so appreciative of the bedkit and all the items that would provide them with a better life and sleep.

After the distribution was completed, we had a chance to formally meet the Rotary Club of Comayagua and its’ members and they were so appreciative of our efforts to assist them in this service project.  They are a growing Rotarian Club and they would like to develop a better partnership to make the SCAW bedkit distribution at Gracious a Dios elementary school an annual event.  As well, the Rotarians shared with us that their club was celebrating its’ 40th anniversary and this was their last service project of their year.

Later on that evening, as we returned to Tegucigalpa, I realized that the key to our future success in Honduras will be our ability to partner with oversee volunteers that are committed to allowing SCAW to spread the message of how it is so important to get a “Good Night’s Sleep”.  The opportunity to have the Rotarians from Comayagua participate is definitely a step in the right direction.

Regards,

Sieg Will for Team Honduras 2017
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Sunday, 20 August 2017

Honduras: Student Entertainment!!

What a wonderful surprise for us when we began Day 5 distribution at Escuela Republica de Honduras! After finishing our setting up, we were entertained by a group of students in traditional dress performing a Latino dance! Their costumes and make-up were very colourful, and their footwork and dance moves were graceful! We truly appreciated their hard work and practice to make us feel welcome!



Another surprise awaited us during this distribution! Some students had made thank you cards and origami butterflies, as a token of their appreciation for receiving their bedkits! That gesture on their part, truly made this day special for the team!


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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Honduras: Laughter and Smiles!!

Laughter and smiles ... a successful day of bed kits being received by both boys and girls!


Time for fun ... an opportunity to play the parachute game.


Time to test your skill at making creative designs with the ribbon stick




We enjoyed an evening as guests the Teatro Nacional Manuel Bonilla.

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Honduras: A Special Day!

Another great day, with much anticipation from all of the students! It was wonderful to experience integration of special needs students at today's distribution. It was humbling to see the loving display of acceptance and educational opportunities for all the children today.




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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Honduras: Joyful Stories in Pictures!

These pictures tell part of the joyful story of our day.  We arrived at the boy's school to meet our very excited bedkit recipients!



This whole team of teachers, Rotarians, Rotaracts, and SCAW team members all work together for the kids. 


This is one of the many Rotaract whose youthful enthusiasm and tremendous work ethic makes the day fun for all the volunteers and kids.


This teacher told us about his experiences with his 27 boys in his grade 1 classroom and the sleep education that they are taught at school. 


This mom told us about the challenges she and her son face, and how her 9 year old son often gets only 4 hours of sleep each night.


Our team had a great time with the kids today! 



These kids were loving their new bedkits!  



Our team was also able to visit one of the local manufacturers of the bedkit items where we learned about this small cottage industry business and the young owner who works hard to give back to his community.  A great day had by all!

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Honduras: A Day of Smiles!!

The thrill of the journey has begun! Thanks to the SCAW donors we were able to enrich the lives of 450 girls today from an all girls school! It's pretty obvious how excited they were to each receive this gift of good sleep! Tomorrow we will do the same for 450 boys and we can't wait!





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