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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 Rego Park New York
Feb 11, 2015

Dear friends, I'm a mother of a 3 year old girl with a Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome, I'm from Colombia, and my daughter was born in NYC. My mother tongue is Spanish so, I cannot say I'm a Beluga Grad, but I'm working on it. All kids love music, but for a special kid, sometimes is one of the ways they can express better. Avril loves Raffi's music (me too), off course specially Baby Beluga, song I discovered when she was residing at a pediatric center for rehab at the age of 4 months, we recorded our version for her with her music therapist and recently we found a copy of the book at a public library, and now that she is learning to talk she sings with me parts of the lyrics. I got curious about Raffi's life, about what he was doing now a days and searched for him on the web, and I'm very glad to have discovered a way to say thank you for his continuous job helping our kids, and to let him know that his music is part of our everyday lives. The meaning of Child Hounoring for me is to give our kids the opportunity to develop free from mental pollution, given through the TV, the internet and the commerce, in order to let them develop their true selves and discover their own imagination. I'm trying to teach my baby beluga (I call her that sometimes) to respect the environment, and ever since she learned how to walk to a tree's trunk I taught her to hug them, to thank them for the air, the filtered water, the fruits, for being a home for so many animals and plants, for their shadow and now she just loves them she sometimes goes from one to the other hugging them, I think she is just connected to nature in a very instinctive way, and that is something that I just want to encourage to be one of her most important values as a person. We would love to see Raffi in concert, I just saw he was last year here in NYC, please come back soon!! And again thank you for your music and your devotion for the kids of our world, in your music we can feel the love you have for life and mother nature. Sincerely, Carolina and Avril
Carolina Amaya

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