This February, from the 9th - 15th, we are spending a week sleeping on the floor to raise money to buy a bed for a family in Ethiopia. There are families who spend every night sleeping on the cold, hard floor so we're taking on the "February on the floor" challenge so that they no longer have to and instead can sleep in a comfortable bed.
We sponsor 2 girls through Stand by Me. When Fay Garret, who is part of our church, arranged for an Ethiopian mud hut to be put up for our Messy Church a couple of Christmases ago, my youngest daughter Esther was fascinated. She then heard David Spurdle tell the stories of some of the children, who are supported through the charity. Esther (7) went up to David and said: "I would like to sponsor a child please." That's how it all started...
When the leaflet for February on the Floor came through the post, I showed this to the girls and Esther wanted to be part of it. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just before Christmas last year and has felt the cold a lot ever since. She has been valuing a warm bed, extra blankets and lots of cuddly toys over recent weeks, so to see that some families go without any of that and spend their nights on cold, damp and dirty floors made her want to make a difference. Her sister Felicity (11) and I have decided to support Esther by joining in.
A week of discomfort for us will be completely worth it as we know that a bed will transform this family's life. Please give generously as we would love to give the gift of a bed to as many families as possible. We can't wait to update you with photos and details of our experience. We'll also share the photos we will receive of the families whose lives have been changed because of your support.
The Rogers family
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.