Thursday, March 29, 2012

YMCA Recognizes Time and Talent at AGM

As posted at, March 29, 2012.

The 2011 Faye Herbert Memorial Scholarships were handed out at the Stratford YMCA’s annual general meeting Wednesday evening.

This is the 5th year for these awards, which honour Faye Herbert who was a long-time employee of the Stratford-Perth YMCA. This year’s recipients were Julie Schmidt, Dawn Simons, Darren Hulley and Hansi Walter. The scholarship recognizes Y staff and volunteers who are pursuing post secondary or continuing education.

The Board of Directors of the Y also awarded its annual Peace Medal to Doug MacDougald. MacDougald is a swine veterinarian in Stratford, but is also a volunteer with the United Way and a travelling volunteer with Sleeping Children Around the World.

“My volunteer work is my readjustment of reality,” said MacDougald after he accepted the medal. He has helped to distribute over 33,000 bedkits to children in developing countries such as India and Bangladesh.

The medal is presented annually by the YMCA to honour people in the community who are championing peace, and is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

MacDougald awarded YMCA Peace Medal

As posted by the Stratford Beacon Herald, March 29, 2012.

By Mike Beitz, Stratford Beacon Herald

There are thousands of impoverished children across the globe who are sleeping a little more peacefully thanks to Doug MacDougald.

And for that, the Stratford man was recognized Wednesday night with the Stratford-Perth YMCA's 2011 Peace Medal.

The award, presented during the Y's annual general meeting, pays tribute to MacDougald's volunteer work with Sleeping Children Around the World, a Canadian charitable organization that distributes bedkits and basic supplies to children in developing countries. The kits are central to the organization's belief that every child, no matter how poor, deserves a good night's sleep.

A local veterinarian, United Way volunteer and past chair of Festival Hydro, MacDougald has travelled abroad to participate in five “distributions” to help deliver bedkits, most recently to Bangladesh last October.

“Thank you Doug, for spreading peace every chance you get,” said the Y's Angela Charbonneau as she presented him with the medal last night.

MacDougald was characteristically modest as he accepted it.

“This is a very special award for many reasons,” he said, as his wife and parents looked on proudly. “First, it's given by the YMCA, an organization that does so much for this community and communities elsewhere. Second, it reflects one of my passions, and that is helping some of the poorest children of the world. And third, of course, it represents all the people of Stratford – we're surrounded by people in Stratford that give back to their communities here and internationally.”

He said afterward that the recognition came as a “complete surprise.”

“But a nice surprise,” he added with a smile.

The medal is presented annually by the YMCA to honour people in the community who are championing peace in all its forms, noted Y chief executive officer Mimi Price.

“What we do is recognize the value that people contribute at a local, regional or national level,” she said, noting that MacDougald was chosen by a committee for his “leadership and commitment” to peace.

“Here's a local man saying, 'I need to make a difference in my world,' and that's exactly what he's doing,” said Price of his work with Sleeping Children Around the World.

And that reflects the Y's statement on peace, she added.

That statement reads: “The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationships with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities. There are no simple recipes. It is we ourselves who must seek, act and pray for ways to be peacemakers.”

“Doug shows that one person can make a difference,” said Price.

The YMCA recognized four others last night who have also made a difference.

Darren Hulley, Julie Schmidt, Dawn Simons and Hansi Walter were named as recipients of the Faye Herbert Memorial Scholarship, which recognizes YMCA staff and volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the association through their work, and who are pursuing post-secondary or continuing education.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pune Trip Reports Posted

Pune Reports

The donor newsletter for the Pune bedkit distribution has gone to print and can be downloaded from the Sleeping Children Website.
Pune 2012
Photos are available in the Pune 2012 Photo Album. You can view them by clicking the link above.

If you would like to read the reports on the web, you can read them in their entirety here.

Here is a download link for the PDF version of the newsletter.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Belgaum Trip Reports Posted

Belgaum Reports

The donor newsletter for the Belgaum bedkit distribution has gone to print and can be downloaded from the Sleeping Children Website.
Belgaum 2012
Photos are available in the Belgaum 2012 Photo Album. You can view them by clicking the link above.

If you would like to read the reports on the web, you can read them in their entirety here.

Here is a download link for the PDF version of the newsletter.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kiwanis concert helps Sleeping Children Around the World

As posted on, March 20, 2012.
Past President John Kileeg accepts a cheque from Libby Smellie, producer of Sounds of Ireland benefit concert for Sleeping Children Around the World, and Kiwanian Bill Smellie. – Not only did Libby and Bill do a tremendous amount of work to organize and produce the concert, they also personally matched the proceeds to double the amount The Kiwanis Club of Picton was able to send to Sleeping Children Around the World.

The Honourable Justice Mr. Alan Ingram and Picton Kiwanis President Geri Claxton - In three weeks, Alan will be travelling to the Philippines where he will help a local Kiwanis Club distribute 6000 bedkits. Alan will be taking a Kiwanis Club of Picton banner to present to the Philippines Kiwanis Club. Alan spoke about Sleeping Children Around the World at the benefit concert.

The Picton Kiwanis held the Sounds of Ireland benefit concert last Friday in support of Sleeping Children Around the World.

Special thanks to: Rev. Lynne Donovan & the members of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Jim Wright, Rob Kellough & Paul Johnson, Gord Sterling, Bruce Dowdell, Wayne McFaul, Century 21 Picton & Napanee and also thanks to musicians Tom Dietzel and Colleen Galway for your help making this a wonderful event.

Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) donations provide bedkits to children of any race and/or religion who will benefit the most; typically being located in underdeveloped and developing countries.

No portion of a bedkit donation is spent on administration — 100% reaches a needy child. Each *$35 donation (Canadian funds) provides a bedkit that consists of a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if applicable), clothes outfit, and school supplies. Bedkit contents vary from country to country depending upon local needs.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Canmore International Development Awareness Group

As posted by the Canmore International Developmnet Awareness Group, March 16, 2012.


Mike and Marg Garrett (Canmorites) will be talking about Sleeping Children around the World. They were in Nicaragua in Oct 2011 delivering 5000 bed kits with a team led by Judy Dryden, daughter of founder Mike Dryden. This was Mike’s first trip with them, and Marg has done several trips.


We were pleased with the interest and participation shown last season and are excited to be able to continue and hopefully grow this next year. Again we have to thank Chris Dmytriw for being able to use Zona’s for the Monday evening presentations.

For more information, click on the link to the CIDAG website.

Londoner can't resist need in Togo

As posted on the London Free Press, March 16, 2012

Londoner Don Barclay, who is spearheading a relief project aimed at helping to educate children in Togo, is wearing a shirt from that African country and displaying a miniature tribal mask similar to those used in tribal ceremonies. (CHIP MARTIN, The London Free Press)


When Don Barclay retired as a business educator, he wasn’t done with education.

His interest has taken him to Togo, where he and a new charitable organization are bringing hope to children in the impoverished West African nation.

In the past year, Support. Education. Togo (SET) has put $46,000 into a new three-classroom school and to repair three more classrooms rendered unusable following a windstorm.

The money has come primarily from Barclay, a former professor at the Ivey business school at Western University, his younger brother, Robert, a retired banker in Mississauga, and Toronto doctors Anne and Simon Carette. The foursome were introduced to the educational challenges facing Togolese children when they distributed bed kits through Sleeping Children Around the World.

The Barclays and Carettes established SET, which obtained charitable status last year, and have begun to seek public donations they hope will produce $100,000 a year for two or three school-related projects annually.

“When you see an obvious situation when kids are being disadvantaged, the four of us felt compelled to jump in,” Barclay said. “The need was just sitting there in front of us.”

Aside from building projects undertaken with the help of local officials and parents, SET provides scholarship funds for deserving students, salaries for teachers, teaching supplies and uniforms.

Barclay said he is motivated to help because “it’s all about the kids,” but he is struck by the positive attitude in the tiny country of 6 million where the annual income per capita is less than $500. There is some agriculture and mining for phosphorous but little else to produce prosperity in Togo.

“These people are positive,” he said. “They are dedicated to hard work. They love their kids to death. Those kinds of attitudes are the reasons we decided to put a stake in the ground. They are great people to work with.”

The Togolese understand the value of education to help them move forward, he said.

“They have this inherent hope which is so easy to work with.”

SET has virtually no overhead and Barclay said all money received goes to Togo, where the new organization works with the well-established Action Enfance et Developement Togo (AED).

Barclay supports several organizations locally and provincially which raise funds for cancer survivors, brain tumour research, for a food bank and a province-wide referral service for those dealing with mental health, drug and gambling issues.

He felt it was time to act globally and he couldn’t resist the need in Togo. opting to act at the grass-roots level.

“I decided I was much more excited at this stage of my life to do something a bit more hands-on, closer to the ground,” he said.

As secretary-treasurer of SET, Barclay is appealing to others to support the new organization determined to bring a ray of hope to a tiny corner of Africa few Canadians could find on a map.

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The Organization: Support. Education. Togo (SET).

Goal: To improve education in the West African nation of Togo, population 6 million.

How: Through building and rebuilding schools, providing scholarships and funds for teaching supplies and to pay teachers, water and sanitation systems for schools.

To Donate: online at or by mail to 1423 Tecumseh Park Dr., Mississauga, ON, L5H 3P1, or email

E-mail, or follow Chipatlfpress on Twitter.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Education at heart of global partnership

As posted on the Western News website, March 15, 2012
By Paul Mayne

Photos courtesy of Don Barclay
Richard Ivey School of Business professor emeritus Don Barclay received the full attention of the children of Agbelouve, a small village in Togo (West Africa) on a visit in April 2011.

When Don Barclay met up with his brother, Bob, for a few beers last April, the outcome was quite remarkable. Not only did the two share stories of their recent trip to Togo in West Africa, where Barclay aided his brother in distributing 5,000 beds kids with Sleeping Children Around the World, they decided to make an even bigger impact in an area close to Barclay’s heart – education.

“When I retired I decided I would try and give back locally, provincially and globally,” said Barclay, who retired from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2008 after 23 years. “I went over with my brother with the intention of being supportive of him and Sleeping Children, with perhaps it being my global initiative.”

But as the bed kits were being handed out in the schoolyard of the small village of Agbelouve, the delight of hundreds of children was muted by what Barclay saw.

“When we were at these villages it became very clear the schools were a mess,” said Barclay, who took a tour with the impassioned principal of the school. “A couple (buildings) were fairly okay, but one was thatch roofed and wide open. During rainy season, the school can’t use it and have to jam all the kids into the other buildings, or they even stay home.”

What happened next was “an easy decision to make.”

Along with his brother and friends Anne Langlois Carette and Simon Carette, both physicians and professors at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine, Barclay established Support. Education. Togo. (SET) with aims to improve the entire idea of education in Togo.

Not just through the much needed school construction and repair, SET has also arranged for scholarships, books and supplies, teacher salaries and, when needed, partnering with other groups to create water and sanitation facilities.

“More pragmatically, education is directly associated with breaking the cycle of poverty and with life enhancement,” Barclay added. “Education leads to improved health, higher income, thoughtful family planning, and greater opportunity to guide the development of a country.”

Less than a year after partnering in Togo with Action Enfance et Développment (AED), a registered charity based in the capital city of Lomé, two projects have been completed – a new school in Agbelouve and a repairs to a school in Agalepedo. A third project is planned to begin this May in Asso, filling a need for three classrooms and a principal’s office/secure storage area for a school of 468 children.

A new 2,881 square-foot, three-classroom school in Togo costs approximately $35,500.

“It’s not just about building schools; it’s about education. We’re not going into a community to build a school and leave,” Barclay said. “We will only go into communities where the principal, village chief and parents association are on board. It has to be a community effort to keep this going.
“Anything we can do to support education, we’ll do. It’s all about the kids. These kids have such a great attitude and sense of gratitude that it’s easy to do it from that standpoint. The adults in the village are just so dedicated to their kids and will help in any way that will, in turn, help their kids.”

Photos courtesy of Don Barclay
The before and after pictures of the local school show the change being made by Support. Education. Togo., a non-profit organziation created by Barclay and three others to improve the entire idea of education in Togo.

Villagers provide manual labour and as much material for the projects as they can.

Barclay said while the first year has seen close to $100,000 in completed projects – initially funded though the four founding members – SET will be busy this year seeking support for upcoming projects in West Africa. And with 100 per cent of donor funds going to projects, and not one cent for administration costs, Barclay hopes fundraising will be successful.

“If they don’t have a book, that cost 10 cents, they can’t go to school. And the money is not there for them to buy such a book,” Barclay said. “The core purpose is to support young girls and boys who have no possibility of attending school, to ensure that they receive a good education, and to improve their health and lives.”

Barclay’s brother will be returning to West Africa in May, as part of Sleeping Children Around the World, and will see first-hand the difference SET has made in such a short time. Barclay said he’d love to make a return trip to Togo in the near future, but, for now, is happy to know change is being made.

“This may sound hokey, but I feel completely blessed to be able to give back,” he said. “It’s always a great day when you can.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

MusicFest 2012 at the Movies

St. John's York Mills Anglican Church

once more presents MusicFest.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Performances at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Featuring music from The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Sting, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins and so much more.

Part of the proceeds go to Sleeping Children.

For tickets call 416-225-6611,
e-mail or visit on the Web.

Location: St. John's York Mills Anglican Church,
19 Don Ridge Drive, Close to Yonge/York Mills Subway in Toronto

Free Parking – Wheelchair Accessible

Click poster to see a larger version

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

$50,000 grant to help church be accessible to community seven days a week

As posted on the County Live website, March 13, 2012.

St. Andrew’s Church in Picton will increase accessibility for people with disabilities thanks to a $50,000 Canadian government grant.

The church’s Accessibility Project will help construct an exterior ramp, widen doorways, install automated door openers and build an accessible washroom with accessible door handles.

St. Andrew’s minister Lynne Donovan is thrilled.

“We have worked hard to make our church a real public building so that it can be used seven days a week by the community. This involved the decision to completely renovate the sanctuary,” she said. “This grant confirms the direction that we have taken – the government has recognized our desire to make the church a multi-purpose space. The money will allow us to make the main floor accessibile and to provide a bathroom and kitchenette on this floor which makes hosting a variety of events so much more appealing. We will continue to make the sanctuary available to the wider community for a variety of creative and courageous endeavours. Apart from the wider community, we have a number of older members who have been unable to get into our building and now they can fully participate in our life together.”"

“Our government recognizes the abilities of all Canadians and celebrates the progress we have made as a society towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities,” said Prince Edward Hastings MP Daryl Kramp, making the announcement on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
“Through the Enabling Accessibility Fund, we are helping Canadians truly get involved in their communities by improving access to facilities, activities and services. No one should be excluded from participating in their community because of a physical barrier.”

St. Andrew’s calls itself a circle of friends committed to partnering with people and organizations who share a vision for a healthy human community.

Since 2008, in partnership with permaculture expert David Riley, the church has hosted annual sheet-mulch gardening workshops and continues to make community gardening space available to the public.

St. Andrew’s also shares its space with Transition PEC, an organization devoted to conversations around sustainable practices in order to meet the challenges of global warming and peak oi. The church also hosts the Reaching for Rainbows program where Grade 1 girls develop positive relationships and develop tools they need for academic and social success and to develop good decision making skills.

The community is welcome to attend The Sounds of Ireland, a benefit concert featuring tenor Julian Gallo, accompanist Tom Dietzel and soprano Lenni Stewart, on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day.

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Picton, the Friday, March 16 event begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert proceeds will be donated to Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW).

SCAW provides bed kits to children in 33 undeveloped and developing countries. Each $35. donation provides a bed kit containing a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net (if needed) an outfit of clothing and school supplies. No part of a bed kit donation is spent on administration.

Tickets available at the church, from the offices of Century 21 Real Estate, or at Stephen Licence in Belleville

Friday, March 9, 2012

Chennai Trip Reports Posted

Chennai Reports

The donor newsletter for the Chennai bedkit distribution has gone to print and can be downloaded from the Sleeping Children Website.
Chennai 2012
Photos are available in the Chennai 2012 Photo Album. You can view them by clicking the link above.

If you would like to read the reports on the web, you can read them in their entirety here.

Here is a download link for the PDF version of the newsletter.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Bulletin: We are registered in the US

Sleeping Children Around the World is registered in the USA.

Sleeping Children Around the World is now registered as a charitable organization in the United States. American donors can receive an official receipt for US tax purposes. We have a US Charitable Tax #: 27-3609416

This is an exciting time for Sleeping Children as we fulfill our founders, Murray and Margaret Dryden’s belief that “it is the right of every child to have a peaceful night’s sleep.”

Donors on our home page can now select to receive a Canadian tax receipt or a US tax receipt. More information is on our website where donations can also be made by US credit card:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Canadian charity donates to destitute Kitui children

As posted by The Star, Nairobi, Kenya, March 5, 2012.


A Canadian charity over the weekend donated bedding and clothing items worth Sh6 million to about 600 destitute primary school children in Kitui county. Canadian Sleeping Children around the World gave mattresses, blankets, schools uniforms and bags, shoes and mosquito nets to the primary school children. The donation was made in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Nairobi at the Kitui Stadium on Saturday.

A representative of the Canadian charity, David Jonness said his organisation targets disadvantaged children between the ages of six and 12 years. "“We aim to alleviate poverty and suffering among the poor children. We want to make their lives in schools and even at home bearable so that they can concentrate on their studies,” Jonness said. Kennedy Ngumbau, a Nairobi businessman thanked the organisation for the donation which will benefit children from selected schools in Kitui Central, Mutito and Kitui West districts.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Sleeping Children Around the World

As posted by Snap Caledon, March 1, 2012.

In the photo are (Right) Wayne Cowell, chair of the Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) committee of the Rotary Club of Palgrave, and (Left) Dave Dryden, the chair of SCAW with Sydney and Melissa, two students at the school.

For the 21st consecutive year, the children of Palgrave P.S. raised funds to provide bed kits for those less fortunate. Once again, the Rotary Club of Palgrave has kindly agreed to match each bed kit donation. Mr. Dave Dryden from Sleeping Children Around the World (SCAW) along with Wayne Cowell from Palgrave Rotary came out to the Palgrave school to give a presentation and accept the donations. For more information visit

Photo by Tom Kumagai