Weʼve raised £600 to Return to Lesbos to offer acupuncture to refugees
- Funded on Tuesday, 6th December 2022
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Lesbos is one of the Greek islands that has been at the epicentre of the refugee crisis in Europe, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people arrive in the continent from a variety of countries fleeing war and conflict.
There is a project in the Island called Earth Medicine which, since 2018, has been offering physical therapy to refugees. I became actively involved with the project last year and have been to Lesbos three times in the last 18 months to give acupuncture. I have given hundreds of treatments each time and witnessed the project growing into a communal effort involving volunteer therapists from all over Europe. In my last visit, there were many new arrivals, mostly from Afghanistan. This means the refugee crisis is ongoing and our efforts to provide help need to continue.
Acupuncture has proven to be a great success amongst the refugees as the offering of daily treatments 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 through.
There is no other organisation in Lesbos 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.
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,
- 4 months ago
Sandra Arbelaez4 months ago
Dear supporters, I have now booked my ticket to Lesbos! I will get there on 13th November and stay until the 26th. I have been already been talking to the people at Earth Medicine and I'm looking forward to giving as many treatments as I can when I get there. This wouldn't be possible without your help. Deep thanks to you all. With love, Sandra
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Nov 16, 2022
Querida Sandra, te felicito por esta obra tan importante y especial que estás haciendo!!
Oct 16, 2022
Its so Great, that you will Go to Lesbos again. You are helping the patients so much.
Oct 15, 2022
Amazing work San! Xx
Oct 11, 2022
Oct 9, 2022
Lesvos has played a heroic role during this awful refugee crisis
Oct 9, 2022
Oct 8, 2022
Without you Sandra, I would not have known about Earth Medicine. After 2 trips myself, I know how much you are valued there. On behalf of the acupuncturists who have followed your lead, THANK YOU 🙏
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