The Uday Foundation sent us an email today about their wonderful program that helps little children in hospital listen to stories narrated by volunteers. You can help too by volunteering or donating books.
It's generally not a lot of fun for anyone to be in a hospital, but it's especially tough on kids. Though doctors, nurses, family and friends make long stays more bearable, there is still much time where pediatric patients can feel lonely, bored and scared.
Storytelling has been well researched for its therapeutic effects with children. While Storytelling is entertaining, it provides metaphors to life situations, often helping children deal with their current emotional states and find alternatives for the challenges they face..
During the hospital stays and/or visits, children and their families experience unusual amounts of stress, anxiety and discomfort. Recognising the therapeutic and entertaining nature of the art of storytelling, The Uday Foundation plans to create and implement a storytelling program at Max Hospital, Saket using our storytelling volunteers as well as storytelling performances by celebrities, artists, sports persons, teachers, writers, journalists and all the faces which are very popular among children.