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Compassion is the Communication

I come from a large Russian Orthodox family and an even larger community. I spent my childhood wondering what any limits might be. What would that look like, where would the red tape might be, and how I was to grow within them? But I knew from a very early age (8 to be exact), that I wanted to help others. It led me down the road to becoming an Acupuncturist and volunteering with the Acupuncture Relief Project.

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My Nepal Experience

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Kuong Wang

Nepal and people who live in this country, the Nepalese; where do I begin?  It was sensory overload the moment our flight landed in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.  The first thing that hit me was the humidity and not being able to read any of the signs nor comprehend what people were saying.  At that moment, it finally kicked in that I was totally at a foreign country, far away from home.  To a foreigner like myself, things seem chaotic.  There are no traffic lights for vehicles, motorcycles, or pedestrians while everyone travels in all directions; however, to my amazement everyone is in harmony.  There is order in a seemingly ocean of chaos. 

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Avoiding the Finish Line

Acupuncture Relief Project  | Good Health Nepal | Sandy Homer

Upon arrival to the ARP Clinic in Bajra Barahi, nestled amongst the peaceful tree covered hills in the countryside of Nepal, I sensed a note of an “uh-oh, what have I gotten myself into” sort of uncertainty.  A freshly graduated, under-traveled, self-critical practitioner standing before the very place I would watch myself struggle and fall apart for the next six weeks.  I’m supposed to say that I know what I’m doing and I can handle this, but let's not kid ourselves- I knew I was in for a wild ride.  

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The Heart of Good Healthcare

It has been a pleasure to spend two months as part of the project living and working with the people of Sipadol and Bhaktapur.

In retrospect my role as a healthcare practitioner here has often been more one of a sports therapist and a personal trainer than I had envisaged. What constitutes the daily grind over here would be seen more as an athletic pursuit in the UK. All through the day you see the village women in their colourful saris and flimsy flip flops bobbing up and down along the near vertical paths through the valley with a giant pile of logs in a basket hanging from their heads.

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