Autumn 2006

October 17th finds us touching down in Accra, capital of Ghana, knowing that the schedule will be full on. We struggle through the airport with our suitcases full of books, remedies and bottles all donated by friends in the UK. A lot has happened since Linda’s first visit only 5 months ago at the invitation of AMURT Ghana, a local NGO who now supply 25 villages with clean water. The intention then was to introduce homeopathy to their projects.

The interest and response of the Ghanaians proved beyond all expectation,and has led to the formation of the Ghana Homeopathy Project as a registered charity dedicated to the professional development of homeopathy, in Ghana especially amongst the poor. Within 5 months so much has already been achieved. A clinic has been built.

A young homeopath from Kenya, called Joseph Nithiwa is employed to work with the project for 2 years, and Didi Rucira, his teacher and mentor, is in Ghana to meet with us and to share her experience working with the development of homeopathy in Kenya. A clinic manager, Gunadish, is in place and tells us on our arrival that the next morning we will be on prime time TV!

Meanwhile, Emperor, health care co-ordinator in Seva village where the first clinic was held, has become inspired. Even though only Arnica and Aconite have been taught by Linda on her last visit, he is using his first aid kit extensively and requests more remedies, more books and more training. He presents us with case notes recording many acute and first aid cures with homeopathy. And so we anticipate a busy and challenging 2 weeks ahead.

The little seeds planted only 5 months ago have not only taken root but are growing and thriving by themselves. A living example of the magic of the minimum dose!

Now we are here to take things to the next stage. A team forms itself naturally from the partners in the project: Joseph, our resident homeopath, Gunadish, clinic manager, Didi Rucira, of Abha Light homeopathy Kenya, Robert Green, clinic director, Linda Shannon and Sheila Ryan, homeopaths and teachers from the UK. Each of us is keen to protect and nourish the growth of homeopathy in Ghana. We meet together for the first time and make a plan for the year ahead. This is all thanks to the wonderful response and generosity of friends in the UK.

First meet Joseph,the Kenyan homeopath who has an important job, providing continuity of patient care and setting a standard for practice. We are delighted and reassured by his quiet sincerity and deep commitment to homeopathy. Coming to Ghana is a big step for him, and we want him to know how much he is appreciated Gunadish

And here is Didi Rucira of Kenya who is Joseph’s teacher. Many emails have passed between us. She wants to help get Joseph up and running and so has come to Ghana for a month . Her work in Kenya began 10 years ago and now she co-ordinates several mobile clinics, runs a training course and is preparing to unite Kenyan homeopaths to form the first Society there. Over the next 2 weeks she shares her experience, gives valuable naturopathic advice to compliment homeopathic health care and helps us to get on track

The clinic itself is impressive. The old building has been divided to form a reception and consulting room. White paint, pictures, plants and curtains give a welcoming feel. Joseph’s desk is stacked with remedies and the familiar homeopathic repertories and materia medicas complete the picture.

The first 2 days are filled with meetings. Our teaching schedule is somewhat ambitious as we plan to teach 2 groups over 2 weekends. One group is a follow on from Linda’s first aid course. The second group is for beginners. It is slightly disconcerting that we have no idea how many will turn up. Didi’s work in Kenya has centred on AIDS treatment, combining herbal and naturopathic treatments alongside homeopathy, and we want to integrate some of this into the training programme and clinical work.

On the first Saturday afternoon we wait anxiously to see who will come. Time is flexible in Ghana and our participants arrive gradually. An hour later and we have about 15 people in each group.

Most of the original students turn up. One big question is, ‘Have they been able to put the training into practice?’ We form a big circle and ask the first group to share their experience. Some come with lists….’ My son had a cold, I gave Nux Vomica and it was successful’ says Bolanath a village field worker. He continues with 15 or so cases and the prescribing is mostly right on. And so it continues round the circle….

Monday finds us driving to Seva village. Emperor, the clinic co-ordinator seems to have a real gift for homeopathy. He has educated himself in the basics over the 5 months. He seems to know just how to get to the heart of things and keep prescribing simple. When we hold our clinic under a shady tree the next day, Emperor’s friend, Pastor John comes to sit in. He is one of Emperor’s success stories. He had not been able to read without eye pain for several years. After several doses of Ruta 30 from the kit he is now fine. He wants to learn and so does his wife. We work together as a team trying out a clinical training; translating, observing, repertorising and case receiving and the day flies by. We plan to be back in this team for a sustained clinical training in Seva in August.

It is sad to see villagers who have suffered so much from lack of health care. The man who could not afford eye surgery and suffers continually with pain for the last 30 years…and so many more. A simple remedy can change a person’s life for the better here.

Back to Accra and Friday sees us on prime time TV breakfast show. You wouldn’t have noticed the nerves….. Village clinic at Seva

PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

The next year’s focus is on developing Joseph’s clinics in Accra and the villages. One of the clinics is located in a poor part of town and provides homeopathy to those with little access to quality or natural health care. It is important that our projects become self sustaining in the long term. We expect that in Accra this can be achieved within 3 years,

We can then use our funds to expand our work in the villages.

From this will come the clinical training both for existing homeopaths in Ghana and for those already involved in health care as well as for beginners.

We would like to ask for your ongoing financial support. The project cost 300 pounds per month to run and we have only half of this at present. Would you consider setting up a standing order to provide long term financial security?

It will be used to:

-To pay Joseph’s salary and living expenses

-To run the clinics including the clinic manager’s fees.

-To support the educational project in developing teaching materials relevant to the Ghanaian experience.

5 pounds per month will provide a year’s ongoing homeopathic treatment for 5 people

This work promises to ease the suffering of thousands. A small amount can go a long way in Ghana. Your contribution will make a big difference to people’s lives.

With thanks to all those who have supported this project so far: the Contemporary College of Homeopathy, Helios pharmacy, the Homeopathic Supply Company, School of Homeopathy, Sunrise Children’s Clinic and the many individuals whose generous support make this possible.

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