Sleeping Children around the World

Sleeping Children around the World lead a 100% charitable global community of volunteers and partners who have transformed the lives of over 1.5 million children in developing countries by providing bed kits for a good night’s sleep.

Each $35 donation provides a bed kit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothes outfit, towel and school supplies.

Sleeping Children around the World (SCAW) distributes bed kits to children in a ratio of 50% girls and 50% boys, who are aged 6-12 and are from any culture and any religion.

Every child deserves a good night’s sleep.

Since its founding by Murray and Margaret Dryden in 1970, SCAW has raised over $40 million to provide bed kits for children in 34 countries.

Guiding Principles of SCAW are:

  1. We believe that is the basic right of every child to have a comfortable night’s sleep
  2. 100% of all bed kits donations go directly to its contents. No portion is used to pay for operating expenses
  3. We provide hope and joy and aim to preserve the dignity of each child we help
  4. We verify that each bed kit is received by a child in need
  5. All donations are of “free will” giving. We will not undertake telemarketing, door to door appeals, mass mailing or use professional fundraisers to help our cause

As Sleeping Children around the World emerged in 1970, their purpose was crystal clear; give every child the opportunity to have a good night’s sleep. With sleep, the promise of a better tomorrow is realized.

The consequences of deprived sleep are well documented, It is a fact that poor sleep leads to long term issues, especially in young children.

Sleep has tremendous effects on health, memory, emotions and academic potential. No child should ever be deprived of a peaceful sleep.

All items for bed kits are sourced locally where possible, having positive economic impact to the local community.

Volunteerism takes on a new definition at Sleeping Children around the World, because it means more than just giving back. They believe their volunteers get a lot more than they give. They actually nourish their own humanity. Their more than 2,000 volunteers are from all over the world.

My very good friend Sharon volunteered for SCAW in South America in 1986.

“Seeing firsthand what a difference these bed kits make to the children and their families was incredible. They are so appreciative, not to mention adorable. They can sometimes walk an entire day to get to a distribution site”.

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