This October I will be traveling to Cambodia for a week as a participant in the Buds to Blossoms Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program. My fellow volunteers and I will be nurturing the health, well-being, and development of over two hundred HIV children at a rural AIDS orphanage by providing gentle massage.
Abuse, rape, and enslavement have played a heart-breaking role in many of these children’s lives before arriving at the orphanage. The children’s immune systems are severely compromised, and some have infections which cause painful, disfiguring sores to erupt on their skin. Only a narrow range of treatments for HIV are available in Cambodia, and the children are in danger of developing full-blown AIDS at any time. Newly-orphaned children come into the care of the orphanage on a regular basis and are sometimes emaciated and in the last stage of AIDS.
Our volunteer group will enhance the children’s health and their chances of surviving HIV infection by providing them with the proven immune system-strengthening effect of gentle massage. The therapeutic touch we give and the nurturing connection from caring adults has the power to positively affect these little lives. This life-changing experience will ultimately transform my perception as a massage therapist, mother, and human being.
The cost of travel to Cambodia is an obstacle. Please support me in providing care to orphaned children with HIV by your financial support. You can donate by sending a check to Leishaan R. Crane, c/o Cambodia Fundraiser, 190 W. Hogerson St., Buffalo, WY 82834 or simply contribute through Google Checkout by selecting a level of support and clicking the button below. All donations will be used solely for the volunteer Buds to Blossoms massage trip to cover travel, fees, etc. Any extra donations obtained over all costs will be donated to support the children at the AIDS orphanage. In the unlikely event that I am unable to travel with Buds to Blossoms on the volunteer trip, I will gladly refund your money with a personal check or at your request, donate it to the AIDS orphanage.
Your Support is Greatly Appreciated!
Whether or not you can donate at this time, please support my work and the children by helping spread the word about Buds to Blossoms. You can do so by sharing the links to this fundraising page and the Buds to Blossoms website on facebook.
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