How We Work
Acupuncturists Without Borders philosophy is about:
- Program sustainability
- Local partnerships and empowerment
- Collaborating with western medical and complementary healing practitioners with a diversity of clinical backgrounds, as well as a wide variety of organizational sponsors and partners
- Honoring indigenous cultures and traditions, including the healing power of plants and mother earth
AWB trainer and volunteer, Stacey Macfarlane, treating at a community clinic in Oaxaca, Mexico.
We do this by learning from local people, while we offer what we know about trauma healing so they can be most effective at supporting trauma recovery in their own communities and create sustainable programs, whether that be:
- Response to local disasters, nationally or internationally, or
- Established community clinics that work with a wide variety of ongoing needs
The trauma we address may arise as a result of:
- Natural or human-made disasters
- Racial, ethnic and generational inequities
- Environmental devastation
- War, civil strife and violence
- Economic hardship
The work we do is about partnering with local people, and organizations, wherever we are, and supporting them in meeting the trauma recovery needs they see as being necessary. We go where we are invited and welcomed, and do not intrude where we are not.
This philosophy has guided our work in:
- Training acupuncturists in the United States
- Training doctors, nurses, acupuncturists and community health care workers in Nepal, Mongolia, Haiti, Chile, Israel and the West Bank
- Supporting trauma recovery efforts all over the U.S. and in Canada, Nepal, Haiti, Chile and New Zealand
- Leading intercultural healing exchange and treatment programs in Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador and Mexico
We welcome your unique contributions and involvement in the AWB community of people who care.