Update: Holiday Time For Kyila, Yet Working!

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I recently heard from Kyila and was glad to hear she took some holiday time. As everyone knows when working with young people it is a full-time task, and especially so since she has residential responsibilities.

I was expecting to hear that she truly had a holiday time of relaxation; however, Kyila was also traveling the rural areas of Tibet and had discovered twins with major physical disabilities. Yes they were blind, and also unable to move around; therefore, the family had kept them often in one place. When that happens leg bones do not grow as they should, especially in the growing years of ones young life. Everyone needs movement! Leg bones and muscles to grow and take shape….from birth to old age, so do not forget this information!

Kyila made connections for the family to have the young children see a doctor in Lhasa, and if there was hope then they would travel to a Shanghai hospital. BUT, the children are with bodies so deformed there seems to be no hope to help them with their physical disability. When I receive an additional update, I will keep you posted.



Childhood, Oh So Precious!

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It was simply stated on a roadside sign board in the USA, “Their future is determined by their first 5 years.” As I read the statement my mind snapped to the children I had seen in Tibet in 2010, and what had also become the start of my journey to help a young woman realize her dream. She too knew the importance of the early formative years of every child needing a safe environment, good health, safe food and water, and a supportive loving family.

This young lady is blind and knew how fortunate she was to develop skills early on in life thanks to The Center for The Blind where she attended school…and it allowed her to learn at other institutions too. But most importantly she knew that some children are literally tied to a location in their home so they do not get hurt, yet with no social interactions and no movement, they also have not much of a life. Family members go on with their responsibilities but they have no way to care for the blind baby. Even if they knew how important the first 5 years of life are for a child, they have to eke out their own living to be able to provide their child with something!

Fortunately, Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, is most interested in helping the 3 – 5 year olds who are not getting all the necessary support they should receive from their own family. We who are interested in helping Kyila’s children and who  know every childhood is precious, try in our own way to support her efforts. Through donations to Global Roots, earmarked for Kiki’s Kids, much success has been happening to have these children have safe, healthy, and happy childhood! Please donate what and when you can to support Kyila’s efforts. All is greatly appreciated. If you can too, follow this blog to learn more about what is happening at Kiki’s Kids.

A Goal: Work Toward a Stewardship Culture

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We are all in on this together. Are we?

Yes…It has been tremendously obvious with our latest “Super Storm Sandy” having affected so many people on the east coast of the USA with people from across our nation helping them out. Money, time, energy… all flowing eastward to places and people needing support from a helping hand, or two, or hundreds…because it is all needed now. And we are each here to help out one another!

Yes…When we bring this care and concern of our fellow human beings to situations within everyday needs and with no discrimination. We are a diverse world in every aspect one considers, and it should be welcomed and respected. And it is not always easy to be so empathetic, but with work at it and energy within it we will succeed in time!

Yes…We are waking up to the importance of being a good steward. Let’s wake up others. What will be your first step? It will be a journey that takes time, but I believe in the future we will have a better world for all of the effort put in today and tomorrow.

Yes…we are all in on this together. I have a hand to offer you…

NOT Nature – Deficient

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One of the newsletters Kyila, founder of Kiki’s Kids, sent to her supporters included a photo where she and her 20 students were enjoying time outdoors. I was reminded of the importance of tactile experiences for blind children, and quickly caught myself in the realization of its importance for all blind and sighted individuals. To walk among plants and animals. To feel the sunshine and wind upon ones face. To smell the scents of everyday living environs. To feel alive in the warmth or coolness of the day. Such huge differences from climate-controlled, odor-erased air of indoor environments where we often spend the majority of our time. Kudos to Kyila for allowing her students to have a full outdoor experience.

If you want to know more about our nature-deficiency, you might be interested in reading The Last Child in the Woods. But I would also encourage you to support Kyila’s efforts by clicking here for her website or Global Roots. Thanks…now take a moment for yourself and get outdoors!

Sponsorship Comes In Various Ways

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Kyila has supportive people on the ground helping her grow and maintain her program. According to Kyila, Kiki’s Kids had a wonderful July picnic thanks to China eBay WIN (Women Initiative Network). Cindy, who does interact with Kyila and who I only know via e-mail, apparently gave an inspirational presentation to the WIN group. With their support the children at Kiki’s Kids had a super picnic.

Kyila is appreciative of all acts of kindness and giving. So please never discount what you can do to provide support for her ever-developing program for the sighted and blind Tibetan children between the ages of 3 – 5 years old who attend Kiki’s Kids.