News from Maun: reviewing the past year and looking ahead to the future…
“I’ve recently returned from a trip to Maun where I spent time with our graduates and learnt how they are coping with running the clinics by themselves (for more news of them individually see below). Things are looking good. It has been a year since I was last there and I was able to witness first hand their strong committment to continuing a homoepathy service for the people most in need living in and around Maun. I was impressed by the quality of the homoepathic treatment given by them – they are professional and dedicated homeopaths providing outstanding care for their clients. The photo above shows Irene treating a family at one of the Outreach Clinics. I saw the demand for homeopathy growing, especially in these villages within 100km of Maun, and so I know the team’s future is bright.
I also saw that some changes needed to be made. Over the last year our strength has been in providing free clinics for the most vulnerable members of the community – those living with HIV and AIDS; traumatised by rape, abuse or neglect; and poorer people living in isolated villages. These free clinics are funded by your generous support. We decided to make this work our main priority again and this means moving our central clinic back to a community organisation, the YWCA, where some of you might remember we had a base in the past. It is a lively and well-used centre in a busy part of town, close to the market. The move means key benefits for the future – we are back to our community roots and we save on rental costs which allows for more funds to go directly to providing free treatment for people most in need. Saving costs also means we are moving towards making the homeopathy service susatainable, which has always been a core aim of our work.
Your ongoing generous donations make it possible for us to pay our graduates to do all the free clinics.
Thank you for all the support you have given – together we are making a real difference to the lives of people living in and around Maun.”
Hilary Fairclough, Director
Doing it for themselves – news of our graduates Irene, Lebo and Wasanapi
Irene: Over the last year Irene has taken the initiative by forming partnerships with new communities who are keen to have a homeopathy service. As a result of her efforts several new villages are now getting a regular homeopathy clinic. She is getting the word out there and making things happen! In the coming months Irene will take on a new and important role as manager which is a key part of our plan for sustainability.
Lebo has gone from strength to strength in her first year of practice. She has grown in confidence and has really enjoyed being a graduate homeopath. You can see her in the photo above treating a client in one of our free clinics, She will be supporting Irene in her new role, sharing in the running of the clinics and will take on special responsibility for clinic administration.
Wasanapi: After 8 years of being a team member with the MHP, Wasanapi has gone solo. The time was right for him to take off on his own and work independently as a homeopath and we wish him well. He has been a bright, talented and fun member of the team. He has a big heart and we will miss him. We want to thank him particularly for his amazing work in developing the outreach programme which Irene and Lebo will now continue. Through homeopathy Wasa has touched the lives of hundreds of people, and we know he will continue to do so, spreading homeopathy thoughout the different communities in Botswana.
Safari Camps renew their contracts
Good news. All the safari companies have renewed their contracts with us. This means that staff are able to get access to homeopathic treatment every 2-3 months. We know how valued this serivice is for safari camp staff working in the Okavango Delta and living away from their families – because they tell us! We are proud to have built strong partnerships with local safari companies for the benefit of their staff – this is an unique service and one that the MHP is delighted to continue supporting.
Reverend Anna tells us why she loves homeopathy
Reverend Annah of the Lutheran Church, a long-time partner of the MHP, says “Homeopathy has helped my community a lot. As a counsellor for the church I hear your clients tell me the differences homeopathy makes. HIV+ clients who take ARV’s immediately feel the difference – problems of vomiting, skin problems and sleep go away. Even the stigma goes when people have homeopathy because they are healthier and can participate again in the community.”
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