A glimpse into my experiences in Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities
I imagined them all on the mattress sleeping peacefully; their legs hanging over the edge. The novelty of their first night’s sleep on a mattress would have been too blissful to notice the challenge of seven bodies cramped into such a tight space.
I thought then of the many young children I know at home. They sleep peacefully in their beds where mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets are taken for granted; very often a single child all alone in a double bed in a beautifully decorated bedroom.
I think of my own large bed and wonder at my precious nature. I wonder at my need for so many material items and vow to make a difference to at least one family. I have been given a rare opportunity to take a glimpse into the homes of these beautiful families; once squatters, and therefore, I feel obliged to ask for help from those who sleep in a warm, safe bed each night. These people will not ask but I am not too proud to ask on their behalf….
Before you buy a double bed for your young child or a king size bed for yourself, could you please postpone the purchase for just a little longer to donate the money for a mattress? You could give a family the chance to sleep on a clean, comfortable mattress and give them a more refreshing night’s sleep in readiness for their busy day ahead.
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