Hi - I'm Amy! As a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist who has over 10 years experience working with children in various capacities, I couldn't be more excited to be a Global Ambassador for the 20 day Liddle Kidz Global Outreach to the Philippines in January. I will be traveling to 3 different regions of the Philippines with 29 other volunteers, and we will be providing massage to infants and children as well as teaching the techniques to their caregivers and health care professionals in orphanages, hospitals, and at clinics set up through the government. The work we will be doing will have a huge impact on the physical and mental well-being of these children, many of whom have been abandoned, have experienced trauma, and/or have special needs.
Liddle Kidz Foundation has done 2 Global Outreach trips to Vietnam. In 2012 they visited the Que Huong Charity Center, a orphanage they had gone to 2 years prior. The Center's director, Huong Tieu Huynh shared that prior to the first visit they were averaging about 40 hospital visits for the children per year, and after implementing the massage techniques and using them daily, that number had gone down to 2-3 per year. Ms. Huynh admitted the staff often felt overwhelmed and had limited tools to care for a large number of children, many of whom are fragile and have health problems, and she has seen a huge change in the children since adding massage and nurturing touch to the children's care.
Touch therapy researcher out of the University of Miami Tiffany Field has conducted several studies on the impact of massage on children, and she has found the positive impact of reduced anxiety and stress hormones, improved wellness, as well as massage being a cost-effective treatment. (http://journals.lww.com/jrnldbp/abstract/1995/04000/massage_therapy_for_infants_and_children.8.aspx)
Your donation will go toward transportation, accommodation, and meal expenses. Liddle Kidz Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which means your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. This platform ensures your donation is secure, and crowdrise will email you a receipt after it's processed. If you feel more comfortable making a donation by check, it will be made to Liddle Kidz Foundation. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a mailing address.
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Children, families and healthcare staff will receive a sustainable program provided by the Liddle Kidz Foundation! Professionals volunteers will travel to the Philippines to provide hands-on pediatric massage & nurturing touch for infants and children, some of whom have special healthcare needs. They will teach caregivers and staff to continue providing such care after we return home. This work will involve using hands-on techniques, playing games and massage stories, as well as, sharing translated curriculum and materials provided by the renowned leader in pediatric healthcare education, the Liddle Kidz Foundation.