Grandmother Healing Dolls and the Sanctuary of a Hug:
When asylum-seeking parents and children were separated and put in detention centers; creative, compassionate action was needed & Grandmother Healing Dolls was born.
The grandmothers can be used by trained therapists to allow the victim of trauma to feel a caring hug while still being able to look at the counselor and work through the issues towards wholeness.
When a therapist is not available, people are still comforted by the grandmothers as they create a space for healing by their very presence.
Grandmother Healing for Everyone:
Although the initial catalyst was for the families seeking asylum, there is a MUCH LARGER VISION, and these prototype grandmothers were made to address the specific need. We realize that there is a lot of trauma in everyday life, as well as in extreme circumstances. For that reason, we have started this campaign in order to develop and create grandmothers to represent diverse populations. Four different skin tones will be coming as well as a wide variety of choices in hair and dress, which will allow for additional culturally-specific teaching to occur. Imagine the good that will happen when schools, libraries, hospitals, and community centers all have a grandmother to "listen" to the concerns of the community. Let's truly make "creative, compassionate action" the norm of our society!
So if this was the field test, what is the larger vision?
Grandmother Healing Dolls create Restorative Space, a new psychological concept just beginning to be understood, which supports social justice.
Empathy, compassion, wholeness, empowerment, and a just world is for all people is the larger vision! Without your backing, these fabric sculptures can not be developed from the initial prototypes, and this new reality cannot occur.
Risks and challenges
The timelines have been set for the phenomenal success of this Kickstarter so that all development, production, and logistical considerations can all be met. I have a master's degree in transpersonal psychology and many years of experience in peacebuilding and social justice initiatives. Prototypes and field-tests have been completed and everything is ready to go for the development of this wonderful initiative!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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