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I just wanted to say thank you to Raffi for being such a huge part of my childhood and in turn, my adulthood. All I Really Need is my very favorite song, I play the Christmas album on repeat every year and Evergreen Everblue makes me believe that maybe even I can make a difference.

Loey Crooks

 

As a beluga dad, I knew then that Raffi's goal was to transform the world through his music. It is not surprising then that Raffi took the next step and provided the transformation himself with his Child Honouring philosophy.

Ed Breaux, Wexford, PA

 

In my work with young children, I have worked hard to create safe, respectful environments for learning. As a teacher, I am constantly reminded that little people do as we do, not as we say. It is the modeling of peace, respect, compassion, stewardship, and citizenship that counts. It really is the little things that each of us do daily that can propel the compassion revolution forward.

Michelle Honeysett, Courtenay, BC

 

I grew up watching Raffi's concerts and listening to his songs, and now that I have my own baby, I am having so much fun introducing her to Raffi's music - something that celebrates childhood and innocence.

I am also a psychologist who has worked with families and children, and if more families practiced "child honouring" and practiced compassion within their own families and communities, I would be out of work - and so happy about it!

Barbara Toohill, East Peoria, Illinois

 

I am a beluga grad myself...Raffi was a huge part of my life in the 80's as a young child. I am bringing his music into my children's lives now too. It's just the best! As for child honouring, you're right, it starts with the children!

Amber Chartier, Mission, BC

 

Still love the music and am passing it along to my nieces and nephews and friend's children. I hope to go into social work and I KNOW I was inspired at an early age by the compassion and love in Raffi's songs.

Katherine Davis, Santa Monica, CA

 

I have enjoyed Raffi for years since my sister played baby beluga non-stop for her son in the 80s. Now I have my own son who loves Raffi.  We love your music and continue to listen and sing it together as a family….  I'm 46 but when I'm feeling down I'll sing one of your songs to get a positive vibe going and try to change my mood.

Jim Boulay, Bloomington, Montana

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from Toronto ON
Mar 23, 2011

To Raffi, from Toronto Raffi, my children ages 18, 16 and 14 grew up with you. i know you hear that a great deal. We had your CDs, your videos and attended your concerts in Toronto. Much joy was brought to our house by you. Two years ago, I had a 4th child, at age 46. A surprise to us all and a great blessing. Heath doesn't say much and is getting help from speech pathologists to learn to speak. We watch your DVD and listen to your music. His first moment of imitation and pretend play (which is important, as you know, for children) was late. But it was holding a pretend baby while you sang Fais Do Do. Today, he made the noise of the duck (quack) during the mother duck song. You are still having a profound effect on our children. I am grateful for all you have done for generations of children. If you are ever in Toronto and would like to have dinner with 4 children who grew up with you, please do contact us. My teenagers would be thrilled and so would little Heath. Thank you. Sian Burgess PS I very much believe in your vision for child honouring and have read your site. Wonderful work.
Sian Burgess

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