Today’s Seva story #65 of 100 comes from me, Johanna and I live on Maui. Seva means selfless service for the benefit of all. I am collecting 100 stories to share ideas, inspiration and positive news.

I recently returned home from Kathmandu, Nepal where I was working with a nonprofit called “Buds to Blossoms”. Buds to Blossoms is a Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program. Buds to Blossoms brings international teams of volunteers to Kathmandu, Nepal and Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon), Vietnam several times a year. There the volunteers provide pediatric massage and other forms of bodywork to AIDS orphans, children affected by HIV/AIDS, orphans with disabilities, and other disadvantaged children.

The orphans in Nepal are smart and beautiful. Most of them could speak some english making it easier for me to communicate. They really responded well to massage and often times would collapse on my lap and want as much time as possible. I noticed the kids massaging each other when  volunteers were busy. This was a reassuring thing to witness since at the end of the day, what we really have is each other. The more we take care of each other and ourselves, the better our lives.

Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva. Aloha and Namaste,  Johanna Waters