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New co-ordinator Jacqueline Smith shares her perspective

Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 11.28.13-255An Exciting Future for GHP

Since taking on her role as Project Co-ordinator, Jacqueline Smith has spent much of her time in Ghana and shares her ‘on the ground’ perspective

Over the first year of my involvement in GHP I’ve seen some exciting advances in the activities undertaken by and for all involved with the Project. We’ve been reviewing organisational needs with plans to expand support in line with the GHP mission. All of this is possible only with the much valued contributions from our donors and supporters. At PISHAM the student body, while still growing, is beginning to reflect the quality of the curriculum offered. Young people representing not only Ghana and other African countries such as Nigeria and even from the United Kingdom, now choose to learn homeopathy at the School.

Jacqueline and Grace visit Mafi Seva with a group of PISHAM students and graduates
Jacqueline and Grace visit Mafi Seva with a group of PISHAM students and graduates

This year two of the present Ghanaian students, third-year student Lionel ‘Noble’ Kpogo and second year Kenneth Bedu won the chance to travel to India for two weeks to study with our associates of long standing, the Drs Bhattacharyya. The An Award, which has been running for three years and is sponsored by Belgian homeopath Dr An Debsyer, has become a sought after opportunity for students to prove their commitment to learning and practice in their own communities. They do this by incorporating the outstanding teaching and experience that they receive in Kolkata into their own practice, in the projects they submit to qualify and in sharing their experience with fellow students on their return. A trip brilliantly organised once again by GHP’s Angie Metzger.

Angie, Emperor and Noble on the ferry across the Ganges to visit a Mother Teresa Mission that looks after disabled people, from babies through to the elderly. They went to see the centre and how homeopathy is used there
Angie, Emperor and Noble on the ferry across the Ganges to visit a Mother Teresa Mission that looks after disabled people, from babies through to the elderly. They went to see the centre and how homeopathy is used there

They were accompanied by Rebecca Sturgeon, a mentor on the recently initiated Webinar course in Kumasi with Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group (KHSG). This course is another piece of inspired organisation, this time from its founder Bonsu Boaten and GHP’s Lyn Clark.
The keen and committed students here, including teachers and nurses, are now nervously preparing for their end of first year exams. Trustees, international teaching staff and mentors all wish them and the PISHAM students good luck.

Emperor, director at Mafi Seva Water and Homeopathy Project, also participated on the Indian Study trip (for the fourth time) before returning to continue, quite literally, building his vision of a centre of excellence for homeopathic training.

 Emperor attending to a patient with typhoid
Emperor attending to a patient with typhoid

After ten years of his own homeopathic study and intense practice in the Volta region, Emperor strongly wishes to leave a legacy of access to the continuing study and practice of homeopathy for future generations of local people. Like PISHAM in Accra, and now KHSG in Kumasi city, the centre in Mafi Kumase will work towards providing a four-year Diploma course in Homeopathy with student clinic and library and provision of outreach treatment. The six-room building has just had its roof added.

Outreach clinic at Mepe with Grace Rhoomes
Outreach clinic at Mepe with Grace Rhoomes

Immense gratitude is due to all concerned for providing regular contributions of books, remedies, support, skills, experience and, crucially, finance; for this is what keeps those fires of inspiration burning and I’m honoured to have been invited to join and contribute to this exciting journey.

The future is bright with GHP

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