ASHLAND, Ore. – A local woman is asking for the community’s support to help her in her work with Vietnamese orphans.
Kathryn Veatch is one of only 21 outreach volunteers chosen by the Liddle Kidz Foundation to provide massage therapy and education to Vietnamese orphans and their caregivers.
Veatch has traveled overseas before and says some of these children are suffering from diseases such as AIDS and HIV, but with so many children and very few care givers, volunteers say simple things like a loving touch can get overlooked.
“Its not only the bonding and attachment, that’s a big deal,” explained Veatch. “It helps promote muscle growth, it helps promote cognitive growth. It helps reduce a big one which is the stress hormone.”
Veatch will be hosting a fundraiser at the Ashland Community Center, Sunday October 7th, from 5 to 8 p.m.