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raised of £600 target by 18 supporters

    Weʼve raised £651 to Return to Lesvos to give acupuncture to refugees

    Funded on Tuesday, 4th July 2023

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    The so-called "refugee crisis" that started in 2015 with the influx of Syrians escaping brutal violence, is still happening in 2023. Hundreds of thousands of people from Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and other countries have been forced to flee their homes from violence, war, drought, natural disasters, famine, just to name a few. Many try to come to Europe in the hope of being able to find refuge and a possibility of rebuilding their lives.

    Because of its location in the vicinity of Turkey, the Greek island of Lesvos has been at the epicentre of this human crisis.

    There is a project on the Island called Earth Medicine which, since 2018, has been offering physical therapy to refugees. I became actively involved with the project in 2021 and have travelled there four times to offer my skills as acupuncturist. During these visits, I have given hundreds of treatments and witnessed the project growing into a communal effort involving volunteer therapists from all over Europe.

    Acupuncture has proven to be a great success amongst the refugees as the offering of daily treatments during the visits has been extremely effective at relieving physical pain, headaches, sleep and emotional issues, digestive issues, and difficulties with mobility. A reduction on any symptoms makes it a little easier to cope with the burdens of living in the camp, the effects of past experiences and the uncertainties about the future that all refugees have to live with every day.

    There is no other organisation in Lesvos where holistic care or physical therapy are available to refugees. The aim here is not only to relief physical symptoms, but to offer a safe space where refugees can feel human again after all the difficult experiences they have experienced and the indignities they are often subjected to.

    I am planning on spending three weeks in Lesvos from the end of June. Please help me get there again 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,




    • Sandra Arbelaez11 months ago
      Sandra Arbelaez

      Sandra Arbelaez

      11 months ago

      Dear friend, Thank you so much for your donation and support. I have reached the amount I needed and I'm deeply grateful to you for helping me get there. Flights are booked and bag half packed! I will be in Lesvos between June 19th and July 10th giving as many acupuncture treatments to as many people as I can. I'll be posting updates and pics on my FB page while I'm there With love and gratitude, Sandra

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    • Úna


      Jun 8, 2023

      Good luck with your trip!


    • Julian


      Jun 3, 2023

      Very glad to support your wonderful work!


    • Anita Bennett

      Anita Bennett

      Jun 2, 2023

      Sandra is a great acupuncturist and a wonderful woman. Thank you for sharing your gifts. Xx


    • Gera te Bokkel

      Gera te Bokkel

      May 30, 2023

      Lots of success with your work! Great that you are doing this!👍❤️


    • Giusi


      May 24, 2023

      Thank you for your amazing work Sandra! xx


    • Niki Martin

      Niki Martin

      May 23, 2023

      Good luck with it all. You're doing a fabulous thing. ❤️❤️❤️


    • Anonymous


      May 13, 2023

      Incredible work San! X


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    Sandra Arbelaez

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    Sandra is a Chinese Medicine practitioner based in Bristol, UK. She has been in practice since 2004. She is qualified in Acupuncture, Scalp and Ear Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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