“Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provides disaster relief, recovery and support for building resiliency – to communities affected by disasters, human conflict, environmental devastation, poverty and social injustice. Unresolved trauma affects not only the health of individuals, but the well-being of families, communities and entire nations. Trauma often has repercussions for generations, preventing cooperation, co-existence and peace among the world’s people.”
What has this great organization been up to recently? Here is some information from their latest newsletter-
- Disaster Relief in Orlando, Florida and Haiti
Immediately after the June 12, 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub which killed 49 people and wounded 53 others, AWB staff and volunteers organized treatments for the local community as well as training for additional volunteer acupuncturists. Ongoing clinics continue to be offered by committed AWB volunteers. Meanwhile, AWB Haiti Program Coordinator Loissaint Alcide has been working with AWB trained volunteers in the southern part of Haiti where Hurricane Matthew hit the hardest.
Photo of the AWB team after the shooting at the Pulse night club in Orlando, FL courtesy of AWB-
- New AWB Community Service Clinic for Refugees in Cleveland, Ohio
Last May, AWB launched The Refugee Support Project which provides trauma healing treatments for refugees in Europe as well as immigrants resettling in the United States. In September, in collaboration with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, AWB volunteers began offering treatments to new immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Eritrea, Sudan and Congo. Many have experienced multiple traumas-wars in their homelands, the dangers of migration, torture and long-term displacement. Weekly treatments are offered at the USCRI center in addition to language classes, vocational training and other social services.
Photo of treatments at the USCRI in Cleveland, OH courtesy of AWB-
- Treatments and Training to Support Refugees in Greek Refugee Camps
Since May AWB has sent four teams to several Greek refugees to provide trauma healing treatments for refugees and relief workers. In October AWB provided field training for six Greek acupuncturists who will offer ongoing clinics in the Ritsona and Ioinofyta camps north of Athens. Plans are being made to provide more training for acupuncturists and doctors working with refugees in Greece and other European countries in Spring 2017.
Photo of Ear seed treatments at Oinofyta refugee camp courtesy of AWB-
How can I help this great organization?
You do not need to be an acupuncturist to aid this great organization, donations are accepted and very much appreciated!
Please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1443018 and contribute today!