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Sandra Arbelaez

Sandra Arbelaez is crowdfunding

raised of £800 target by 11 supporters

Weʼre raising £800 to Help Sandra return to Lesbos to offer acupuncture to refugees

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I visited Lesbos twice in 2021 to offer my acupuncture skills to refugees living in the island. I worked at the Earth Medicine clinic, a project that offers free treatments to refugees and which runs thanks to donations and the presence of volunteer therapists from all over Europe.

Thanks to the generosity of the many people who donated last year, I was able to give 145 treatments during my first visit, and 187 during the second one. There are thousands of people in the refugee camp in Lesbos living in inhumane conditions, including disabled people. Many of the people I met last year were experiencing severe pain, PTSD symptoms, digestive issues, and many other symptoms that are exacerbated by their difficult living conditions in tents and containers in a place where summers are extremely hot and winters and windy, cold, and humid; and in total uncertainty about their future. Most of this people can benefit from acupuncture treatment as well as from our basic human care.

There is no trauma or holistic care available to refugees apart from Earth Medicine, an organisation founded by my amazing friend Fabiola Velasquez. Often, she is the only person offering help that aims not only to relief physical symptoms, but to offer a safe space where refugees can feel human again after all the indignities they are subjected to on a daily basis.

Please help me get there to continue this important work.

One day, it could be us or our loved ones in need of refuge and humane treatment. Let's plant the seeds of love and compassion so we can harvest this later.

With love and gratitude,


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    • Sara Parker and Ian Hamilton

      Sara Parker and Ian Hamilton

      May 11, 2022

      Hope you manage to get the funds Sandra . It’s amazing what you are doing xx


    • V. Toria

      V. Toria

      May 10, 2022

      Your healing powers are precious 👏


    • Sarah Lambert

      Sarah Lambert

      May 10, 2022


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      May 10, 2022

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    • Charlotte Shaw

      Charlotte Shaw

      Apr 6, 2022

      My mother wanted to donate a cash Christmas gift to a local cause. I could not think of a better one X


    • Anonymous


      Mar 29, 2022

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    Sandra Arbelaez

    Sandra Arbelaez


    Sandra has been working as a practitioner since 2000. She has trained in massage, Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and has a Masters degree in Oriental medicine. She works and lives in Bristol, UK

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