I've set myself a little challenge for February and wondered if you would help me achieve it?
Stand By Me, a UK charity, became aware of the needs caused by extreme levels of poverty in Ethiopia. Moved by the commitment of the local church to provide education, they adopted the Bethany School where today they are providing the poorest children with a quality education, daily food, health care and family support. A Children’s Home was later opened to care for orphaned and at-risk children. The Abdi Academy opened in 2013 to meet the needs of children in another town in Ethiopia.
A team from Tonbridge Baptist Church has undertaken trips biennially with Stand By Me. In 2011 they made their first trip to Bethany School in Ethiopia and have returned five times since to carry out practical tasks to improve the lives of the children and their families.
I'm a member of Tonbridge Baptist Church and was planning on joining the team this year on their next visit to Ethiopia, but the pandemic put paid to that! Instead, I'm going to take up the Stand By Me 'Sleep on the Floor' challenge. For me it will be just two weeks sleeping on the floor between 15th-28th February, but for many families this is how they sleep all the time. Please give generously as I would like to raise as much money as I can to buy as many beds for those families without beds.
I will update you with photos and details of my experience and I will share photos I will receive of the families whose lives have been changed because of your support.
Stand by Me rescues kids from extreme circumstances, then does whatever it takes to provide the care, love and attention they need to thrive. We care for almost 4,000 kids across the world, from Myanmar to Colombia to Ethiopia. No two are the same, some are orphaned, some abandoned, some abused or living in extreme poverty, so we take care to understand and meet each of their individual needs from food and healthcare, to loving parents and quality education. We're in this for the long term, until they reach their potential, stand on their own two feet and become who they were created to be.