Our next trip to Malawi will be in June this year (2017). Following on from the success of last year's visit we plan to bring laptops for another four students. Four students received computers last year and the effect has been not only to help them with their work and to be an enormous learning tool but owning a laptop makes it easier to access the internet to ask us for help with difficult cases. This means that more people are getting help and the students are learning faster.
Last year the four laptops went to four of our students who are pastors. Because of their position in the community they are best placed to help more people. This year however we want to honour the younger women in the class who have worked hard and consistantly achieved very high marks.
Teaching in Africa every year is a personal challange for me. Emotionally it is difficult to spend time with people who have very little and to actually see the hardship that exists. Though that is not the most difficult aspect because we also see the difference our students are making to people's lives which is very heartening and really motivates us to continue teaching.
Physically it can be a challange; I am a stay at home type and travelling takes its toll and there is also an amount of hard walking while we are there, 40 minutes in the morning and evening to and from the classroom carrying all the computers.
Most difficult for me is the financial challange; trying to raise the nearly €3,000 it will take to bring all the students together from across Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia, give them some money so that their families are ok while they are away and feed and house them during the course.
This year our fundraising attempt is a sponsored walk of the Wicklow Way. To date, 24/4/17 we have done 4 of 12 stages and more and more people are getting involved as we head south.
The walks happen every Sunday, starting out at 10am and finishing by 1pm. There is a lift back from the end of the stage to where we started and so far the walks have been stunningly beautiful, very companionable and satisfyingly exhausting.
We would love if you would join us. Contact Sandy Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org, 01 2841048, 086 8344520 for a sponsorship card and details of stages and dates.
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To help student homoeopaths in Africa by providing teaching relevant to their situation and the illnesses the people in their communities are facing and by providing the tools to do the job they are already doing with very little.
In june (2017) we will be travelling back to Malawi to teach the students we met in 2013, 2014 and 2016. We are bringing with us kindly donated computers with homoeopathic software which will make the work of the students easier and faster and give them a huge opportunity for further learning.
We will also be bringing homoeopathic remedies with us to supplement the remedy kits we left behind us the last time we were there.
In the words of Camilla Sherr of Homeopathy for Health in Africa (HHA), a project in Tanzania using homoeopathy very successfully to help people with HIV/AIDS; "Homoeopathy changes everything. We are not claiming to cure AIDS and maybe, at the end of the day, the people who we treat will die of AIDS but not now, not now". For a sick mother this means that her children are not orphaned yet. If a mother can stay well enough for long enough to feed her children and see them through school there is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel for them.
Sandy Hudson, founder of Many Ways to Health says "I personally met many mothers and grandmothers who regained their energy and strength through the homoeopathic remedies and immediately went back to seriously hard work to feed their children or grandchildren".
There are many ways to health.
In the West we have good access to conventional medicine and many drugs are available, we also have access to many complementary therapies and experts in nutrition and fitness and meditation and much, much more. Any health problem we have can be approached from many different perspectives and a knotty problem seen from another angle is often not quite so difficult. We get so focussed on the knot when the solution might be right there at a sideways glance.
Outreach clinic in the Maasai lands
In 2013 Sandy Hudson spent six months working with HHA, "For the people we treated in Tanzania and in Malawi homoeopathy was one of the many ways to health. Our HIV/AIDS patients were also taking anti retro-viral (ARV) drugs and while they were on the ARVs homoeopathy helped with the side effects enabling the patients to stay on their conventional medication. We also had success in caring for people in 'treatment failure' when the ARV drugs were no longer working. But we could see that our patients needed food and shelter and dignity. All of us need all of these things for our health."
Homoeopathy is fast, effective, cheap and light. Easily carried and easily shared, the homoeopathic remedy kit can go in the back of the jeep and travel right to wherever it is needed and because the remedies are so dilute one bottle at one drop per patient can go a long, long way.
Fetching a remedy for a patient
Helios remedy kit
Many Families have an acute homoeopathic remedy kit and the knowledge of how to use it for short lived, generally self resolving illnesses such as; toothache, earache, headache, fever, cold, stomach upset, exercise induced aches and pains, injury and shock. The body's response to the homoeopathic remedy in acute illness is obvious and fast making acute prescribing easy to learn. Also acute illnesses respond to a smaller range of homoeopathic remedies which means there are far fewer remedies for the budding homoeopath to memorize and understand.
Homoeopathy has a proven record in the treatment of epidemics; for example in the Great Influenza epidemic of 1918 where the death toll was 21% of those who caught the disease homoeopathic doctors had a death rate of just 3% among their influenza patients. Because every person effected by an epidemic illness suffers from similar symptoms the pool of useful homoeopathic remedies can be quite small. Once it is known which remedies are effective in each new epidemic it is then possible for relatively inexperienced homoeopaths to choose a remedy from this small pool that will help each individual suffering from the epidemic disease.
Great Influenza epidemic 1918
Homoeopath Jeremy Sherr has spent 6 years in Tanzania working on discovering the epidemic remedies for HIV/AIDS. He has come up with 25 homoeopathic remedies which are helpful in the majority of cases. Because of this work, drawn from Jeremy's thirty years of tough experience, it is now possible to teach new homoeopaths how to effectively care for people with HIV/AIDS.
The students we first met in Mzimba in Malawi in 2013 came together from all over Malawi, North and South and from Zimbabwe. We had two very exciting weeks of teaching and learning and then returned in 2014 and again in 2016 for a further two weeks. Since then we have stayed in contact though that has been difficult with sporadic internet and electricity. When we return this June (2017) we will be bringing another level of information, teaching and tools to help the students to tackle more difficult cases and to support them in continuing the great work that they are doing for their friends, families and communities.
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