My name is Katie Veatch and I feel honored to be going to Vietnam in December with the Liddle Kidz Foundation. We are a team of 21 massage therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and various pediatric specialists. We will visit several orphanages to teach massage and nurturing touch techniques to caregivers. Your donation helps me get closer to my goal of raising $4,300 so I may make this incredible journey.
Nurturing touch and massage improves the quality of life for these children, as well as helps them to self-soothe, an important skill when being raised in an environment where the need for touch often isn't met in a timely manner, or may not be met at all. Additionally, massage has been shown to improve cognitive and emotional functioning in children, promotes healthy physical growth and development, and it promotes attachment and bonding. These kids need every advantage they can get, and massage can help provide that in an otherwise very difficult circumstance.
This is my second trip to Vietnam; the first was in 2010. Some of the most valuable work we did on the first trip was with children with HIV/AIDS and children with severe disabilities. Often times in these care facilities, the needs of these children are overlooked because caregivers have their hands full with typical (and considered more adoptable) children. By reaching out to the children with severe special needs, and offering tips and techniques to caregivers, we were able to emphasize the importance of nurturing touch for these kids who are often considered untouchable.
These simple massage techniques are not only beneficial for the children, but also for the well-being of the caregivers, who are often overworked and can easily feel overwhelmed in these care facilities. Teaching them to use the massage and nurturing touch techniques gives them tools to help soothe children faster and more effectively. The techniques promote better sleep, better bonding, and overall happier babies. And happier babies make for happier caregivers. And happier caregivers can begin to see and understand the benefits of massage. See what I'm getting at here?
Thank you to all of you who supported the effort in 2010, and thanks to all of you who are new to the cause in 2012. I feel so passionate about working with these kids, because I was able to see, first hand, how effective the work is. Imagine a world with happier, healthier, more well-adjusted babies. Who doesn't want that? I hope you'll join me in supporting these beautiful beings and this awesome cause.
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Please visit www.LiddleKidz.com for more information about the benefits of nurturing touch for infants and children.
And please visit www.LiddleKidz.org for more information about our 2012 Vietnam Outreach!