locations: Beppu, Kobe, Morioka, Tokyo, & Yokohama
summary: In this program volunteers regularly visit and massage babies living in orphanages in their own communities. The volunteers foster orphaned and disadvantaged children's well-being and development by helping meet their need for nurturing touch and one-on-one interaction.
Kizuna Baby provides volunteers with training in the infant massage program of the International Association of Infant Massage, arranges for them to do baby massage volunteer work at orphanages, and provides them with ongoing support.
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Nurturing Touch for Orphaned Children's Well-Being
Kizuna Baby provides unique infant massage and pediatric massage outreach programs which benefit orphaned and institutionalized children around the world and the homes and communities in which they live. Our programs provide massage education to orphanage staff, parents and other caregivers and mobilize volunteer support to foster the health and development of children whose need for nurturing touch is likely to be inadequately met.
"Kizuna" is the Japanese word for "bond" and refers to the bond between babies and their parents or other caregivers which is deepened by nurturing touch and which is so crucial to children's well-being and optimal development. For more information on our work please see the descriptions of our programs.