Ukraine Update: Solidarity Takes Time and Consistency
By Stephanie Alvarez - Director of Development
As this year comes to a close, we're taking time to think back on what a year it's been! This year we found ourselves faced with the task of building up the largest international program we've ever had to do in the span of a few months:
Since March 2022, AWB has helped build a network of trained health practitioners thorughout the European Union and UK that are providing trauma-informed care to refugees from Ukraine, the Middle East and Africa. AWB has:
Hosted online trainings for over 600 European and UK practitioners on how to use NADA, Battlefield Acupuncture, and scalp acupuncture for trauma-healing. We have collaborated with wonderful partners to provide these trainings, including the ETCMA, certified NADA trainers, Dr. Richard Niemtzow and Dr. Song Niemtzow, and the TCM Kongress (Germany).
Organized field teams in Netherlands, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Poland, Rumania, Sweden, Norway, Greece and Germany to provide direct trauma-informed care (pop up and mobile clinics). We continue to mentor and support these teams and are committed to long-term program development.
Completed two in-depth in-person trainings for EU-UK team leaders and other practitioners, one in Berlin and one in Athens (where AWB-Greece coordinated the training).
Gathered and distributed thousands of needles, ASP needles, ear seeds, and other clinical supplies to our European colleagues, as well as getting supplies to medical acupuncturists inside Ukraine. Thank you to the folks at Lhasa OMS for their amazing ongoing donations!
As we continue to keep this work alive in order to reach communities in need, we feel very lucky to count on your support. We cannot do this without you. If you find yourself making a contribution to a good social cause this giving season, please consider helping us continue providing integrative care services for refugee communities throughout Europe in 2023.
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