Don’t worry I’m not moving! Chosen from over 3,500 applicants, I will be one of 30 massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, child life specialists and other professionals going to India in Dec for three weeks.
We will be Global Ambassadors with the Liddle Kidz Foundation (LKF), with whom I have taken my previous infant massage training with. We will work throughout India with government organizations, orphanages and healthcare settings sharing our professional healthcare expertise to improve the lives of infants, children and their caregivers.
LKF global outreach programs provide developmentally appropriate care for children, while also educating their caregivers in the safe and effective use of pediatric touch therapy. LKF focuses on initiatives that are sustainable, responsible and support the communities where we work.
We will be working in numerous areas of the country, at hospitals, orphanages, and care centers, providing pediatric massage and therapeutic touch to the kiddos there. We will also be training the kids’ caregivers and healthcare staff in massage/touch techniques, so that the therapy can continue long after we return home.
We need your help to make this tour possible. To donate directly towards my outreach work there please click the link https://www.youcaring.com/liddle-kidz-global-ambassador-kashka-zerafa
You can also hit the follow link to stay tuned to up coming fundraising events and initiatives as well as watch the tour happen!
The effects of this program are amazing. Volunteers from the Liddle Kidz trip to Vietnam in 2012 learned this when the director of one of the charity centers they visited told them of a big change that happened once the caregivers there had incorporated the techniques they had learned: The rate of hospitalizations from respiratory issues of the kids from the center had dropped from approximately 40 per year to just 2-3 per year! Incredible, right?
To find out more about the program, you can visit The Liddle Kidz Foundation page. And if you’d like to see a video about the Foundation Global Outreach work – pop by YouTube (with a box of Kleenex nearby!).