Eyes, Hands and Needles
the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy
often appears with one thousand arms,
hands, and in the palm of each hand an eye. One thousand eyes scan the
universe, ready to respond wherever suffering is found. When I reflect
upon the work of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in New Orleans
over the past twelve months, I wonder if maybe She also appears with a
needle in each hand, poised to treat a roomful of trauma victims, still
struggling to find the ground under their upended lives in the
deepening aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
I had the opportunity to spend some time in to New Orleans with the
not-for-profit group Acupuncturists Without Borders. Teams of volunteer
acupuncturist from the organization have been part of the disaster
relief and recovery process in New Orleans since Sept. 2005, when the
region was devastated by hurricanes and a series of levy breaks that
flooded the city.
of High Resolve
For The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman
AWB comrades. I came across the excerpt below this afternoon and I was
reminded why I made the decision to remain involved with AWB. As I
experience time challenges, priority difficulties, personal and
business responsibilities, obligations and delights, I shall try to
keep in the forefront of my mind why AWB is important to me...
Borders Looks to Expand its Service
As you may
know, Acupuncturists Without Borders has been providing hurricane
relief work in the New Orleans area since October 2005. The relief work
given so generously and lovingly from the AWB volunteers continues to
bring hope, promise, and peace of mind ...
Orleans and Acupuncturists Without Borders
Early in my
stay, a resident of the Algiers neighborhood told me that having your
city devastated “is like your spouse having a stroke ...
Impressions from the
First Wave of Acupuncturists Without Borders
I was drawn
to the Gulf situation because it’s was so close to home,
figuratively and literally ...
From New Orleans
home late Tuesday night and have not been able to stop crying, nor lift
this feeling in my chest ...
it’s a bright, sunny day and you are driving down your local
road to the Mall, that stretch of road that always has too much traffic
and too many stores...
Blues for New Orleans
Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 28, horrifically
damaging the area - but that was only the first disaster...
Compassion in New Orleans
Returning home after my second
trip to the Gulf Coast, the standard questions get asked by friends and
family: "How was your trip? What's the situation in New Orleans now?"
Without Borders - Ancient Medicine for a Modern Disaster
asks a contractor, slightly sarcastically, at the Belle Chasse Air
National Guard Base just outside New Orleans ...
Creating an organization
organization of acupuncturists that could respond to disasters and
areas of conflict throughout the world, had been an idea in the back of
Diana Fried’s mind for some time ...
AWB WILL RETURN TO NEW
licensing exemption has been extended ...
NEW ORLEANS STORIES
FROM JORDAN VAN VOAST
Family encampment has invited
Acupuncturists Without Borders to offer acupuncture services to people
passing through the park ...
LETTER FROM AWB
Oct 1. The
phone rings, it's my classmate and colleague Sue Larkin calling
from Cape Cod. "Want to go to New Orleans with me?" I hesitate for
seconds and say, "Of course, when are we going?" ...
LETTER FROM AWB
VOLUNTEER JORDAN VAN VOAST
continue our work in New Orleans we are presented with daily
opportunities to give of
ourselves and grow as individuals while we lend our support to those in
need. AWB continues to
ask for volunteers to donate their time ...
UPDATE FROM NEW ORLEANS
DIANA FRIED, DIRECTOR
we were invited to a Vietnamese community (Queen Mary of Vietnam
Catholic Church!) where hundreds have just returned to their devastated
NEWS FROM NEW ORLEANS
DIANA FRIED, DIRECTOR
us are doing ear acupuncture at the Common Ground clinic in Algiers, a
community in New Orleans ...
COMMUNICATION FROM DIANA
Element seems to be at work regarding acupuncture for Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts. Things change constantly ...
LETTER SENT FROM DR.
POLLARD TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO RAISE MONEY FOR TRIP TO LOUISIANA
Friends and Family,
Over the last 3 weeks I have been working with an up and coming
organization called Acupuncturists Without Borders. It has been a dream
LETTER FROM HERB KANDEL
I was eager
for Red Cross deployment to the gulf, but when I learned that only
Physicians, P.A.s, Nurses, and Mental Health Workers, not
Acupuncturists would be utilizing their professional skills ...