Healing Hands for HIV
Organized by: Jeanelle Diaz
Hello friend, thank you for stopping by! My name is Jeanelle and I am a chiropractic graduate/ massage therapist currently refining my skills as a healthcare practitioner. I am here to find funding for training and travel expenses to provide care to orphans and disabled children who do not receive the appropriate healthcare and support for their conditions.
Over the last 4 years, I have dedicated my time to helping those near and far through various forms of chiropractic care and massage (bodywork). In 2013 I began working with a not-for-profit group that allowed me to do pediatric massage on HIV-positive orphans and children with other disabilities in the Southeast Asian countries. In many cities, sexual education is non-existent to the general public and those affected by HIV continue to steadily increase in numbers, as does the lack of understanding and empathy towards it. Carrying HIV is equal to having a death sentence in these cities; many people with HIV are treated with absolute hostility and repulsion. Children that are HIV-positive are denied education in public schools and those affected are often evicted from their homes. I, myself have even seen churches refuse to help those who are ill. Moreover, it is not unusual for prescribed medications to turn out fake or ineffective.
In addition to working with those affected by HIV, I visit care facilities where children are born with congenital deformities resulting in physical impairment or disability. Their lack of mobility causes many problems with digestion, cognition, communication, and therefore makes day-to-day life very difficult. The volunteer work that I have done with these children and individuals has affected me so positively, that I have been donating 100% of my earnings from personal massage clients to this cause. However, as I am a new chiropractic graduate, my availability to work and earn an income has been significantly reduced these last few months due to concentrating on completing my licensure. Studies have proven that bodywork, such as, massage and nurturing touch, is highly beneficial to these children. Bodywork helps by strengthening the immune system, helping people meet their emotional and developmental needs, and it brings relief from anxiety and chronic pain.
At the end of April, I will be heading to Nepal for several weeks to join a small group of volunteers who are also implementing bodywork and nurturing touch for these children. All donations, no matter how small, will make a difference and will be greatly appreciated! Any additional funds raised beyond the goal will go towards food, medications, and the up keeping of care homes for orphans with HIV and disabled children in Nepal. Your help is very much appreciated and thank you for taking the time to read my story!
In good health,