East Africa is a region faced with great societal challenges that make their rise from poverty and disease an uphill battle. In some countries of East Africa, up to 8% of the population is infected with HIV. While many strides have been made to reduce the and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs in this region of the world, the damage to countless families has been done. As a result of the AIDS epidemic, it is estimated that Ethiopia alone houses 5.5 million orphans. The AIDS orphan crisis in Africa is what some are calling the holocaust of this generation. As it continues to sweep across the continent it is leaving millions of orphans in its path. Parents die and widowed grandmothers are left to try to care for their many orphaned grandchildren. Those who have no family left to care for them are forced to live in orphanages with little hope of adoption. Of Ethiopia's 5.5 million orphans, last year, only 5,000 were adopted worldwide. These children deserve the nurturing and healing benefits of massage that we can provide.
The Liddle Kidz Foundation Global programs support children who due to illness and disease, are isolated or at the core of a pandemic. Children who have been diagnosed with AIDS are often left alone to suffer without a caring hug. The same is true for those family members, such as grandparents who step up to raise their orphaned grandchildren. They are shunned from their communities and do not have an adequate support system. In all of these cases, we work to overcome these disparities by providing strong, consistent nurturing care.