In an effort to address the need for nurturing touch among children, Tina Allen formed the Liddle Kidz Foundation (LKF). The foundation's mission includes setting up massage and nurturing touch programs in orphanages and children's care settings across the globe. LKFs goal is to provide infants and children with experiences of caring and nurturing touch that they often lack. In addition to working directly with the children, LKF volunteers teach staff and caregivers at these facilities ways to continue to provide supportive, comforting touch to the children in their care.
Children in orphanages around the world may have food, clothing and shelter, but often they lack an essential ingredient for basic health and happiness-touch. Without it, children often feel discarded, forgotten and even untouchable, especially when their circumstances are complicated by being sick or having a disability.
Orphans have many physical needs, and because these needs are the most immediate, they are the most urgent. Children have significant emotional needs as well. Experience has shown that orphanages find it a challenge to meet the emotional and developmental needs of children, including personalized care and attention. The long-term effects of not receiving safe, healthy and nurturing touch can have a huge impact on a child's stability for the future.
Children growing up in these circumstances are at great risk, but are also remarkably resilient. Children who are resilient typically have a number of characteristics that make this possible. These characteristics include having a sense of purpose in life, confidence in one's ability to control any given situation, compassion for others, a belief in the fundamental goodness of people, and the energy and resourcefulness to make things happen.
The Liddle Kidz Foundation projects directly nurture two of these important characteristics; compassion for others and the belief in the fundamental goodness of people.
Our children are our most precious resources, and so we should not delay. Every day that we do not intervene with effective programs, we are losing remarkable human potential. Every child whose potential is wasted is an incredible loss to the world.
Help us bring nurturing touch to the children of the world! We need you -- qualified volunteers to take part in our next outreach project.
* Work with a professional team of volunteers and learn valuable skills to learn abroad and in your home country
* Bring smiles, happiness and nurturing touch to disadvantaged children
* Share education with staff and caregivers at numerous local orphanages and children's care settings
* Bond with fellow volunteers while doing heartfelt work
* Have time for tourist exploration of cities and villages we visit
* Work day-to-day with the locals learning cultural consideration and valuable communication skills.
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training