Nepal Report: Empowering Communities, Transforming Lives
Acupuncturists Without Borders’ Nepal program has been in operation since 2009.
Acupuncture Clinics in Nepal
Nepal AWB’s program 2017 focused on organizations and programs in the following areas:
- trafficking of women and girls, and children who have been orphaned (12,000 Nepal children and women a year are trafficked; between 150,000 and 400,000 Nepali girls have been trafficked since they started tracking this; 5 – 50/day are trafficked; ages 7 -24, average age is 16; trafficking includes the taking of organs in addition to sex and slave trafficking);
- women and children victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence has been on the rise in the Nepal over the last few years. These victims, especially women, resort to suicide when the situation becomes intolerable, some of them live with the violence suffering silently due to lack of financial instability and only a handful of them report to the police, searching for
- empowerment of women with substance addiction. Although the problem of drug use among women is being increasingly recognized, many related issues have not been studied nor addressed when developing responses to drug use and/or HIV/AIDS prevention, rehabilitation and treatment for vulnerable
- disaster response preparedness and post trauma treatments. AWB had a foundation set in Nepal prior to the earthquakes on April 2015, we were able to mobilize quickly (with teams going out 3 days after the earthquake). AWB provided over 20,000 treatments throughout the affected area and continues to focus in the PTSD. It is testament to the power of an ongoing program that is then able to mobilize in a profound and sustained way, unlike many groups that come in upon notice of a disaster, and often do not stay.
AWB Nepal Team
We have trained over 200 Nepali health workers to provide trauma reduction healing in their communities. Some of these trainees have continued to work closely with AWB Nepal.
Opportunity to work in AWB nepal programs came as a blessing. I have been working for AWB for last eight years. Visiting NGOs working for the upliftment of the women and children is a learning curve. The fact that I am able to contribute a little of knowledge to make them better and just being able to hear their struggle has humanized me so much. As a new mom when i meet Rati (name changed) at SAATHI, who was 4 months pregnant out of wedlock was heart breaking. She had to leave her home, because her parents wanted to abort the child and the father of the child had left the country for foreign employment. Meeting her and treating her for 3 months gave me a true meaning of motherhood. I never felt so amazingly proud of myself, I am very glad that with help of SAATHI she was able to contact the father of the child and was promised to come and now she is with her friend in Kavre.Sakila Ranjit Lama
I had taken world healing exchange training from AWB when I was working for Dristi Nepal. I practiced with ear seeds on my patients and family members and got better. In 2017, when Ms. Priti Thapa called me asking if I could help her in some of the clinic, I was so happy. I was trying to contact AWB nepal team since 2015, when I learnt about that work on post trauma clinic not only in kathmandu but all over nepal, but just did not feel confident enough to approach. I have been assisting Ms. Sakila Ranjit to run clinics at children center and at women center for drug abuser. The best part of the clinic is taking feeback from them. It always boosts my confidence when I hear a genuine thank you.Sharmila Baidhya
I have been part of the AWB world healing exchange programs since 2009 and it is one of the most satisfying training I have taken. I have been using the treatments on patients who comes for counseling. With the support of AWB Nepal team, I ran a clinic at Blink Now, Surkhet for the children and staffs who just had lost one of their young brother. The clinic was well received by the children. I truly believe in the power of healing thanks to use of NADA for trauma healing.Rojina Manadhar
SAATHI meaning “friend” in Nepali is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, which was established in 1992 to address contemporary challenges faced by Nepali women, in particular those who have been abused and/or trafficked. Saathi identified Violence Against Women and Children as an area requiring urgent attention and intervention and has been working on this issue since this time. Today Saathi not only works for the empowerment and support for the condition of the women in Nepal, but also to educate men as they have realized the full empowerment of women will happen when men treat them with equal respect and dignity.
Total No# of Clinics: 55
No# of Patients on weekly clinic: 15-17
Problems: Depression, anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, flashbacks, hypertension, eating disorders, sleep talk, other emotional distress.
Overall Feedback: Immediate response: peaceful, lightness in body, sound sleep-no nightmares, reduction of anxiety, positivity.
Sumitra’s mother eloped leaving her behind with her father. Her father married another woman. Her step-mother locked young Sumitra up in a room for 6 months. She managed to escape the miserable life and met her birth mother. Her birth mother upon meeting convinced her to go back to her father’s house, demand him what she could inherit and come live with the mother. With the hope of living good life with her mother, Sumitra went back to the house, cashed what she inherited from her father and returned to her mother. But little she knew, her mother took all everything and lashed her out of the house. She had nowhere to go. SAATHI brought her to their Kathmandu center. She suffered from severe depression. The first couple of weeks, she did not participate in the clinics, but after couple of consultation, she agreed. She is now taking weekly treatment since 2 months.
“The treatment has improved my health and slowly getting rid of a headache. I don’t think I have depression and I do not want to take medicine, this treatment is better. I like sitting in a group and receive treatment. It make me feel I am part of something. I do not have to hide anymore.”Sumitra Gyawali (name changed)
Nikita Tamang married very early. She was 14 when she meet her husband. The marriage was going well but after 3 years her husaband moved to Kathmandu cuty to work as bus driver. They had two kids. Everything was going well until she received a phone call from her relative that her husband had married another woman in city. Her parents-in-law kicked her out after their son stopped sending money to support his wife and children Her brother and sister-in-law did not support her either. With help of police she and her children (a daughter of 6 years and a son of 3 years) found shelter at SAATHI, and now she has filed a property case against her husband and in-laws.
“I had never imagined my life will take this helpless turn. The first month was difficult to adjust to a hostel life, I missed my house, my room and my kitchen. But now I have realized I have to fight to get it back and I am ready. The NADA treatment is like my shield. I want to use the treatment to become courageous, to forget the past and focus my concentrate on future. I encourage my kids to receive the treatment too. They are young but have gone through a lot, I want this treatment more for them.”Sumitra Gyawali (name changed)
Saathi meaning “friend” in Nepali is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, which was established in 1992 to address contemporary challenges being faced by Nepali women. In keeping with this agenda, Saathi identified Violence Against Women (VAW) and Children (C) as an area requiring urgent attention and intervention and has been working on this issue since this time. Their objective is elimination of violence and injustice against children and the provision of support to victimized and needy children.
Total No# of Clinics: 27
No# of Patients on Each visit: 50
Problems: Lack of concentration, stress, insomnia, eating disorders, sleep talk, other emotional distress.
Overall Feedback from treatments: Immediate response: peaceful, lightness in body, sound sleep, positivity, less stress.
Ravi’s father remarried after his mother died. His step mother sent him to Kathmandu to work as a domestic helper. His employer made him work more than 18 hours a day and abused him. One day a neighbor saw him getting bitten by his employer. Ravi was rescued after two and half year of domestic violence. He was brought to Saathi, a years ago. Now, he is studying in grade 4 and trying his best to get good marks. He wants to be a police officer or a teacher. During clinics he helps acupuncturists to arrange sitting arrangements and distribute ear swab.
“I am lucky to be saved. I still thank that neighbor in my prayers and I thank Saathi too. At first I was hesitant to receive the NADA treatment; it was all so new to me. But after 4 months of receiving the treatment, I know understand why acupuncturist ‘didi’ (sister) always said to first try and then remark. I had a very bad shoulder pain, it must be from all those heavy work and beating, now its all gone. I wish NADA would take away these wound scars too. I feel the treatment has helped me to concentrate on my studies. I am happy. My friends say I am smiling more often now.”Ravi Karki (name changed)
Kripa Ghar is a self-established non profitable organization. It is situated in Budhanilkantha based in Kathmandu. Since the inception of this organization in 06th August, 2016 is not just to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse, but also to reduce the harm caused by drugs such as HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis ‘C’, STI, DVT and other blood borne infections. The best form of dealing with the problem is abstinence. There are lots of young female drug users who are often overlooked and forgotten in-terms of cultures, traditions etc. they play not only an important but a distinctive role who can act as agents of change today. These females have much to offer. Our mission is not to leave any female drug user die in the streets instead encourage them and make them realize their potential what they can do and fully rise them to challenge of becoming inclusively active and independent.
Total No# of Clinics: 23
No# of Patients on Each visit– 25
Problems: Insomnia, hypertension, body tremor, Gastric, eating disorders, Depression, stress, negative thinking.
Overall Feedback from treatments: Peaceful, no headache, lightness, sound sleep, reduction of anxiety, reduction in medicine dose, healthy eating.
Sushma, a mother of two was an alcoholic and after living in the center for 7 months, she came out clinic. When her husband left for overseas job, her consumption of alcohol started and it increased when she found about her husband’s affair. She says she always has been a control freak and when she realized she cannot stop her husband, she fell towards alcohol. She felt alcohol was only way she could survive. Her family brought her to the center when she started abusing her children. During her stay in center, she received total of 23 treatments of NADA.
“I regret using alcohol. I not only lost my husband but also my kids.They do not trust be any more. I was supposed to be there for them. It was my biggest mistake. I am sober now, and with the NADA treatment my blood pressure is in control. I do not have nightmares and the best of all I do not have temptation to drink alcohol. I am building a healthier life. I am thankful to Shakila maam for still providing me free treatments. I have also practicing meditation.”Sushma (Name Changed)
Program Plans for 2018
- Over the next year we hope to see the continuation of regular clinics established at the locations in Kathmandu ; we would like to expand the clinics per request of the Nepali team, to include those listed
- Third anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the country on April 25, 2015, we would like to set up a 2 day free clinic at Kathmandu Durbar
- We would like to support the expansion of the number of practitioners in Nepal doing this service work. We would like to offer a small refreshment group meeting with our health worker who had taken NADA training with us and give treatment to each
- In 2018, we will produce another video about the work in It will include footage of clinics, interview with beneficiaries and organizations where we are doing clients and interview with acupuncturist on why should the clinics continue. This will be used for education, advocacy and fundraising.
- At the end of the year, if the budget allows we want to visit a hospice center in Dharan looking after extreme cases of substance abuse in
AWB’s goal is to establish and maintain sustainable trauma reduction programs that bring healing, resilience and peace to all communities impacted by natural and human-created disaster, violence and conflict. We deeply appreciate support of everyone towards AWB and its programs in Nepal.
Clinics for 2018
- SAATHI Women Centre—Every Friday
- SAATHI Children Centre—Every Saturday New Clinics:
- Dristi Nepal—Every Monday
- SHAKTI —Every Wednesday
- Early Childhood Development Center (Butterfly Homes)—Every other Saturday
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