2016 has been a great year for the MHP. Our graduate homeopaths, Irene and Lebo, who run the clinics in Maun, have been determined to get homeopathy to the people who need it the most. They are now running regular outreach clinics in 15 remote villages around Maun including Boro 1 and 2, Gorukhu, Xharaxao, Shashe, Xhoo, Tsutsubega, Xobe 1 and 2, Bodibeng, Gogomoga, Sehitwa, Xharaxao, Samedupi and Quqao.
One of our partners, Reverend Annah Nguvauva, recently told us that a village, Etsa 6, to the north west of Maun was in particular need of homeopathy. She asked us to start a new clinic for the people living there. Last week, by invitation of the local Chief, Irene and Lebo made their first trip to Etsa 6 which is 300km away from Maun. Here, over 3 days, they treated 159 people asking for help for a variety of health complaints including HIV. We are celebrating this new partnership, which will develop in 2017 to be a significant support for this isolated community.
All the free clinics run by Irene and Lebo have been made possible by the generosity of our donors so a big THANK YOU to all of you who have donated. Please do continue to support us in 2017 – we depend on you.
Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year,
Hilary Fairlcough, Director
Irene and Lebo (our 2 graduate homeopaths running the clinics in Maun) are just back from their fourth yearly seminar in Swaziland. The trip was generously funded by Dr Noel Thomas and Alina Ascari, previous volunteers in Maun – thank you to both! This year the seminar had Richard Pitt as its guest lecturer. Richard has been practicing and teaching homeopathy in San Francisco since 1995. He orginally trained in England and has been practicing homeopathy since 1984. He is currently working in Kenya as Educational Director of the Kenya School for Integrated Medicine in Kwale, near Mombasa. At the seminar he presented a new perspective on comparative ‘materia medica’, incorporating information on newer and less understood remedies within the framework of well-known remedies.
Lebo says: “I have attended 4 Homeopathy workshops in Mbabane, Swaziland, and the lessons have been carried out by well known homeopath lecturers from around the world. I have learnt a lot from them about different remedies including those to help people with AIDS, hypertension, arthritis and diabetes. I’ve also learnt about homeopathy and nutrition, how to approach cases, and how to do provings of new remedies. The opinions and knowledge of homeopaths from other African countries who attend have also been very inspiring to me. As well as studying hard we have a lot of fun!”
Irene Mohiemang, one of our graduates, reports:“We started a new outreach clinic at a village called ‘Xobe 1’ on 2nd March 2016. Xobe 1 is located an hour’s drive from Maun along a rough sandy road. A month after our first visit the Village Development Committee (VDC) Chairman gave us feedback. He described how peoples’ health had improved and he said that the villagers on the other side of the Thamalakane river wanted our services too. Apparently they were asking what charm Xobe 1 village had used to get the MHP to provide a free clinic for them!On our next visit on 13th April we found 45 people waiting for us. The number was increased by people from the village on the other side of the river. The VDC chairwoman of the other village, ‘Xobe 2’, also came for consultation and asked us to do a clinic for her village. So on 3rd June 2016 we started a clinic at Xobe 2.The child I am giving the remedy to in the picture used to fall when she was walking due to weakness. Now she is now stable when she walks and is no longer falling.”
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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It has been a year since I was in Maun. During this year a small group of dedicated volunteers (Susan Marmot, Lesley Murphy, Penny Rowe, Sue Townsend, Julia Wilson) and I have been supporting our graduates in running the clinics themselves in Maun. Now it is time to visit Maun again to assess the progress and make plans for the future. Sustainability has always been a main aim of the MHP, and we are continuously looking for ways to make the homeopathy service carry on long-term, run by and for local people. We are nearly there as we are encouraged by what our graduates have achieved so far. Now they need to become even more independent, and it is with this aim in mind that I am excited about my forthcoming trip with volunteer Julia Wilson. Whilst in Maun Julia and I will also take the opportunity to run a couple of seminar days so our graduates keep professionally updated.
We will be writing a Newsletter on my return to report on the next steps for our graduates and the future of the MHP clinics.
Thanking you for your support, none of our achievements in Maun would have been possible without you.
All best wishes for a happy 2016,
Hilary Fairclough, Director, MHP
With a grant received from the British Consulate in Botswana, one of our graduates, Irene Mohiemang has put her efforts into setting up a new clinic for children in Maun. Using her local church as a base she has managed to fill a Sunday clinic with children needing help with various complaints such as coughs, digestive upsets and skin rashes. Some of the children are HIV positive and some have difficulties at school or at home. As ever homeopathy can address the holistic situation of the child, and already Irene is getting reports of health improvements on a physical and emotional level.
This clinic is an important addition to the work the MHP does for children – our other graduate, Lebo Sarwanyane already does a regular clinic at Bana Ba Letsatsi, a centre for neglected children in Maun.
We had another full house for our fundraising seminar with Janice Micallef and Colin Griffith. We journeyed with them into space exploring “A day on the moon”.
A big thank you to Janice and Colin for giving all of us who attended another inspiring day. As with previous seminars they were generous in giving their time and expertise and made it a very enjoyable day.
Thanks to everyone who attended and to Neal’s Yard Remedies for generously donating the room again. All money raised will go directly to the running of our clinics in Maun – a wonderful total of £1300.
Coming soon……“A Day on the Moon” Seminar with renowned homeopathic teachers, Janice Micallef and Colin Griffith.
We are excited to announce that Janice and Colin will be doing another homeopathic fundraising seminar day for the MHP, sharing with us how they have been inspired by the moon and her planetary influences.
Sunday 11th October 10am-5pm at Neal’s Yard , Covent Garden, London.
As usual we are expecting this event to be a sell out, so please do save the date. More details about the seminar and how to book coming to you beginning September.
In June this year we posted news about Wasanapi’s “Outreach Success”. We’re delighted to report that he has built on this success by setting up a new outreach clinic at a village called Bodibeng, 90km north of Maun near Lake Ngami. People from this village had heard about our clinics and asked Wasanapi to visit them. After meeting with the Chief and representatives of the community the clinic was started – so many people needed homeopathy that he had to do a return visit a couple of days later.
Meanwhile the community of Ghanzi has asked for a homeopathy clinic too. Ghanzi is a town 285km away but Irene and Lebo are keen to provide this outreach clinic so will arrange to stay overnight when they do their monthly visits.
Watch this space for news of how they get on!
Since his graduation in February 2014 Wasanapi (pictured below) has been running a successful Outreach Programme funded by the MHP. This has involved travelling up to 150km from Maun by 4WD to do clinics in isolated villages in the bush where access to health care is limited. In the last 4 months Wasanapi has visited 10 villages – Sehitwa, Kareng, Boro, Xuxao, Morutsha, Goruku, Ditshiping, Gogomoga, Tsutsabega and Xharaxao. His clinics are highly valued by the village communities and Wasanapi often works a long day. This is shown by the numbers of clients he has treated – a total of 250 in 4 months. Wasanapi says “The people need homeopathy and I am happy to serve my community. I see a range of health problems from aches and pains to serious HIV conditions. Sometimes the travelling is hard as there are no tarmac roads, just rough tracks, but it is always worth it when I get there.”
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