Day 86

Teddy meets Ahmed...

Teddy went to KACCH today and visited their playroom at the Paediatrics department in Al Amiri Hospital. He met the wonderful staff and kids who were all so sweet and high spirited. He was especially touched by Ahmed who was sitting on his bed, putting a jigsaw together. Today, Ahmed decided to put the pieces together in junks rather than his usual 'let's start off with the border' method. He seemed a bit tired and they explained that his sodium levels were low today (I think.. I'm not good with that stuff).

It was brought to Teddy's attention that they really needed mobile toys to hang over babies cribs. They need to add more colour and life to the rooms and they're finding it difficult to get the right ones as people will only donate what they want, which aren't easy to sanitise and don't have good durability. 

It was also very apparent that there are very few Kuwaiti volunteers and specialists who can come and care for these kids. They told me that there's a one year post-graduate diploma in Child Life that is being offered at Kuwait University College of Graduate Studies.

PLEASE, if you love children, and have experience with them or have a degree in Psychology or Social Work check this link out. It is beautiful what they teach, and how they can help children prior and post major or minor operations to make it less traumatic for them. Contact KACCH if you are interested in this diploma or just volunteering in general. All they want is someone to play with, new faces, and attention. 

I would like to thank Ms Margaret, Ms Mary, and Mariam for their hospitality. I was truly moved today and the KAACH bear is quite a character. I am with you all the way!


Anonymous | November 23, 2009 at 1:04 AM

wow, this is really great.

Khalid | November 23, 2009 at 1:42 AM

very nice move from u teddy :)

KACCH | November 23, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Thanks for your visit Teddy B wish you could stay with us.

A. Benghaith | November 23, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Teddy you really are going to places few of us now about. I would to volunteer. I love kids they are God gifts and we have to raise them in the right way to be always proud of them.

Anonymous | November 23, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Teddy, this is absolutely fantastic. im inspired with what this is about and i really want to help out. i just googled KACCH and found a website, that isnt so clear on who to contact if i want to help out... is there any number or contact info you have? can i volunteer during the weekends? would they let highschool student voulnteer? let me know and il be more than happy to help out

BruTus | November 23, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Teddy, Its KACCH not KAACH :P
I like to be with kids .. They have the most natural temper & so spontaneous ..
I'll try my best to help them in a way Enshallah ..

Teddy B. | November 23, 2009 at 10:16 PM

BruTus - THANKS that's such a bad mistake from my end. Updating late at night is taking its toll on me.

Anonymous - Contact KACCH on 2246-4721/3 their office is in AlAmiri Hospital. Thank you so much for wanting to volunteer. I'm sure they'll be fine with high school students but check with them anyway.

anwar | November 25, 2009 at 8:26 PM

ohhhhhh teddy where in our department ..... we didnt know that otherwise we would welcomed him .... ahmad is regular visitor to our ward
I agree with you we really lacking alot of stuff in our wards and need alot of ppl tp help

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