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An inspired fundraising event

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Homeopath, Anya Micallef, who works at the Natural Health Practice in Bexley, had an inspired idea – to hold a “Back to Basics” charity event to raise awareness of alternative medicine and to raise money for charity. Happily for us, the MHP was the charity she chose to benefit. The event was a great success – many people came and learnt about different alternative forms of medicine. They had free taster sessions including spinal health checks and iridology, and went home happy with a ‘goodie bag’ full of natural foods, creams, oils and info.

A total of £480.60 was raised for the MHP – so a big THANK YOU to Anya and everyone who donated.


Etsa Success Story

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Below Lebo describes her second visit to Etsha Village 300km away from Maun in the isolated north west region of Botswana, close to the ‘pan handle’ of the Okavango Delta.

“It was a very successful outreach clinic – people came in such large numbers that Wasa and I had to work for 3 days in row from 7.30am in the morning to 6pm in the evening to try to see everyone who wanted homeopathic treatment. Even so, on the third day, there were still so many people that we ran out of writing pads, remedies and dispensing bags! So we had to stop and promise to come back again soon. We noticed that there were a lot of elderly people consulting us who were HIV+. This is different to our experience running clinics in and around Maun where it is mostly younger people who are HIV+. We were overwhelmed by our welcome at Etsa village, and plan to go back soon to continue our work and hopefully see the people who we had to turn away.”

2017 Newsletter – read it now!

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“Homeopathy has made me who I am” – how a new partnership was formed

Gabo tells her story…

“Homeopathy has made me who I am. I’m HIV positive and I used to have a lot of stress, I took everything to heart and brooded on my troubles. Then I started going to the Mowana Clinic for homeopathy and since then I’ve been free of any stress. The stress now flies over my head. My skin is glowing and I feel healthy. People ask me what has caused the positive changes in me and I tell them that it’s the homeopathy.

It was a while ago when I went to the Mowana Clinic, then I found out that the clinic had moved and I could’t find the new premises. I live in a village called Shashe and there I saw a letter written by Irene Mohiemang to our Chief. In the letter Irene said she wanted to set up a new free clinic for elderly people in the village, and I was so excited. I told the Chief that this is the clinic that has given me my life back. I immediately wanted to help with Irene’s new clinic and now I’m the clinic co-ordinator.”

Gabo is pictured above sitting next to Irene Mohiemang at the Shashe Clinic for elderly people.

This is one of many stories I heard when I was back in Maun last month. Irene and Lebo run a vibrant and much valued Outreach Programme. They drive long distances, sometimes up to 300km, to reach the communities that need our service. In Botswana there are some tarmac roads but often the drive involves negotiating rough terrain – deep sandy or muddy tracks (depending on whether it is the rainy or dry season) sometimes blocked by flooded rivers. Without careful handling, all of these diffculties can cause our 4WD vehicle to get stuck (see more news of our vehicle below). When I was in Maun we visited a village called Samedupi where the whole village was waiting for us as they’d heard we were coming back. It was an inspiring experience to witness the strong rapport and reputation Irene and Lebo have developed with this, and other, communities.

Thanks to your continued support, we can continue this important work.



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Reaching out into the Okavango Delta: news from our safari camp clinics

Many things excited me about my recent visit to Maun – seeing our resident homepaths, Irene and Lebo, successfully running the free outreach clinics that you so generously support. I was also impressed with the way that they manage the staff clinics at Safari camps in the Okavanga Delta. The staff there are living away from their families for 6-12 week stretches without a break, and Irene and Lebo do regular visits to give them homeopathic treatment and support. This trip to Maun I was lucky enough to go out to visit 3 safari camps, and there I ran the clinics with my co-volunteer, Julia Wilson. It was wonderful for me to re-connect with patients who I first helped in 2008 when the clinics began. I was delighted when the Botswanan camp manager told me how much he and his staff value the homeopathy clinics. He said ” I have noticed that if my staff have regular homeopathy, they stay well, get ill less often, and are less likely to need flying out for hospital treatment in Maun.” He then asked me “Can you and your team come more often?” This, Irene and Lebo will endeavour to do.

In total Irene and Lebo regularly visit 8 safari camps in the Okavango Delta and surrounding wildlife areas, and give homeopathy as a complementary medicine to staff who consult them for help with a myriad of physical and emotional problems. It is an important health support service, valued both by Safari company staff and the management teams who renew their contract with us every year.

We need a new vehicle!

Our trusty vehicle, a 14 year old 4WD Rav 4, is coming to the end of its life. Thanks to your generous donations we were able to buy the Rav second hand in 2011. It has served us well enabling homeopaths to get to villages across rough terrain but now, after a series of expensive repairs, we need to replace it. Please help us fund this new essential purchase – without it Irene and Lebo cannot run the Outreach Programme. We are looking to raise £5000 to buy a reliable second hand four wheel drive vehicle. Pleae help if you can and click on the link below to make a donation. Thank you!



Future sustainability for our clinics

The aim of the MHP has always been to make the clinics in Maun sustainable, run by and for local people. So far we have locally trained homeopaths responsible for the day to day running of the clinics. In a further step towards sustainability we are in the process of applying for the establishment of a local charitable trust in Maun, with its own board of directors. This is an exciting development but is a lengthy process, so we will keep you informed as soon as there is more to tell you.



A year to be proud of

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photo-42016 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

Seminar in Swaziland: our graduates continue to learn…

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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!”


Two homeopathy colleagues from Swaziland taking a break between lectures

“What charm did you use?”

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Irene Mohiemang, one of our graduates, reports:
“We started a new outreach clinic at a village called ‘Xobe 1’ on 2nd March 2016.IMG_1994 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.”

2016 Newsletter – read it now!

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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

Please donate now to support our graduates running the free clinics

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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Letter from Hilary – upcoming visit to Maun

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Dear Supporters,

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

New children’s clinic in Maun

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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.


Fundraising seminar – a great success!

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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.


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