Volunteering with Ghana Homeopathy Project 


Report by Louise Hall

29th October – 17th December 2017

We landed late on Sunday 29th October and jumped in a cab straight to Hotel Adodo. It was great to have joined forces with GHP coordinator, Lyn Clark, who knew the Ghana ways well – bargaining a good cab fare is one of her fortes!

Monday 30th October – Wednesday 1st November 
Teaching at PISHAM (Premier International School of 
Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine), Accra

Being thrown straight into the teaching environment was a fantastic way to start the trip. 
On Monday morning I met Samuel, Edem and Cynthia – the current students of PISHAM – a lovely and enthusiastic group. Having graduated myself 3.5 years ago, I could identify with the kinds of questions they were asking – being able to support Lyn’s teaching worked really well; writing diagrams on the board and sharing some of my own clinical/pharmacy experience.

I understand PISHAM itself is going through a transition at the moment and it is a shame that it isn’t thriving with both students for the course and clients for Dr. Berdie’s clinic. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Accra, the site has a very tranquil feel and was an enjoyable place to teach.

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th November 
Big Millie’s Backyard, Kokrobite Beach

Before heading to Kumasi, we took a couple of days out to enjoy the coast and popular Kokrobite beach. I was very happy to be able to swim in the sea – though it’s pretty rough so more like fighting the waves than serious swimming.

Big Millie’s is a vibrant place to stay and has some great entertainment – from Culture Night on Fridays to live reggae throughout the weekend. Dancing with Grace (who was involved with GHP until recently) during a 4hr downpour to live reggae was a particular highlight! I’d recommend getting up to see the sunrise and fishing boats heading out to sea. It’s also a great place to try some of the local Ghanaian dishes – red red & fried plantain remains a firm favourite.

Monday 6th – Wednesday 15th November 
Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group

In Kumasi we stayed at the Marigold Lodge – a short walk from the Maria Montessori School, where teaching of both the Certificate course & Diploma course take place. Due to the schedules of the students, classes are in the evenings, leaving the days free for seeing patients and a bit of exploring.

Marigold Lodge is very comfortable and also accommodating for Lyn & students to see patients in Lyn’s room.

Kumasi was the place where I really got to observe Lyn’s case-taking skills and get my head stuck in to the repertory and materia medica on a daily basis. We had some fascinating cases, which were great learning for the students and fantastic preparation for the next phase of the trip at Hope Homeopathy Clinic. The Kumasi part of the project will really come into its own once the new clinic is built in 2018 and it was really encouraging to see the diploma students teaching on the Certificate course. Exciting times!

Thursday 16th November – Thursday 17th December
Hope Homeopathy Clinic, Mafi Kumase

Lyn, Bonsu and I travelled by car from Kumasi to the Volta region and the village of Mafi Kumase – home of the amazing Hope Homeopathy Clinic. We were warmly welcomed by Emperor, his family, Precious and Eli. The weekend saw all 10 Certificate course students of the Hope Homeopathy Study Group receive their Helios kits – a special day of celebrations. Then from Monday morning, once Lyn and Bonsu returned to Kumasi, I was in the practitioner hot seat!

Days in Ghana start soon after the first cockerel crows – as early as 4am. I was getting up around 5.30am and showering as the sun rose looking out over palm trees. Breakfast is served early, as patients can start arriving almost as soon as the sun is up. In the four weeks I was at the clinic, it ranged from 7 patients on quieter days to 33 on our busiest day! We saw everything from injuries to epilepsy, from babies right up to patients in their nineties.

The learning was incredible and I was putting into practice things I never dreamed of when I was studying remedies at college. The clinic has an extensive library and plenty of repertories and materia medicas – a necessity as the students regularly sit in on the consultations to assist with the translation and repertorisation. Alongside Precious, Rudolf spends most of his spare time at the clinic and both were increasingly valuable assistants.

I like to exercise and, luckily, Richard, Francis & Kafui (the kids living with Emperor and his two sisters) became my regular afternoon excursion buddies. We ventured into town, climbed many of the local rocks to see beautiful views and sunsets over Mafi Kumase. On other afternoons I would borrow one of the bikes to cycle around the local area and nearby villages. I also did a bit of teaching with the kids, as they’re keen to improve their English & Maths. In return they taught my a little basic Ewe, the local language – my accent caused many fits of laugher. We also had lots of fun with my old camera – they took some pretty spectacular photos!

At weekends I was taken to funerals, weddings, a festival and felt completely embraced into the local way of life. It was where I saw my first dead body – as Ghanaian funerals are usually open casket – a humbling and unexpectedly peaceful experience. Anita, Emperor’s niece, lives at the clinic and is in charge of the daily housekeeping, cooking etc. I grew to love the local dishes and have been missing banku since returning to the UK. I might have to seek some out in London! Anita, like everyone at the clinic, is a joy to be around and, as she speaks little English, and I even less Ewe, we mainly communicated in silly dance and laughter – there is a lot of laughter in Ghana! Most Mondays I accompanied Precious (Emperor’s live-in clinic assistant & homeopathy student) to the local market. Definitely a worthwhile experience – I bought a variety of fabrics and had a few outfits made by one of the local seamstresses – much helped by Precious’s translation skills.

And of course Emperor – a 64yr old reggae lover, laughter spreader, talented homeopath and an absolute joy with whom to work. I loved my days at Hope Homeopathy clinic and for me the more patients the merrier! It was an amazing experience to be treating around 100 patients a week, with many diligently coming back for the requested follow ups so we could see the remedies working their magic.

Volunteering with GHP was really wonderful and exceeded many expectations. I had the opportunity to work alongside highly experienced homeopaths, teach willing, enthusiastic and very promising students, co-head an incredibly busy and successful rural clinic and, in total, treat around 450 patients. I also found myself fully immersed in the Ghanaian culture and the fabric of their daily lives.

I am extremely thankful to Lyn, Angie, Jacqueline, Emperor, Eli and everyone on the GHP team who welcomed me on to the project. I genuinely can’t wait to go back!

Case taking at the Kumasi clinic: The young boy on the left was unable to stand, showing no interest in playing 
with his brothers and sister. After a split dose of SILICA 30 he was able to begin standing 
and was engaging with his siblings.

Ghana Report December 4th -24th 2017

From our outgoing co-ordinator

Jacqueline A. Smith

I would like to begin this report by thanking the trustees for their support in agreeing to sponsor me to make this trip. It was important not only for the review of exam results as proposed but as a necessary completion and consolidation of relationships made and developed over my three years as coordinator. There was disappointment and sadness about my decision to resign by many in Ghana but the opportunity to reduce anxiety and reassure people was invaluable on both a personal level and professionally on behalf of the project. It was an ‘Au revoir’ rather than a ‘Goodbye’.

I began my first week in Kumasi city and joined Lyn at the Marigold Lodge where over the five days, I observed several 3-4th year students taking cases and when requested, offering questions or pointers where appropriate. The Kumasi students are showing developing case-taking skills as they move into their final year of study and remain engaged with the teaching offered by Lyn and supported by me while there. The recent fast track CC group were also well engaged with their lessons, being very inquisitive and which was reflected in their performance at exam in mid December.

I arrived on the tro tro at Mafi Kumase in my second week to a warm welcome from Emperor, Precious, Eli and Anita. Here I also finally met the newest GHP volunteer Louise, who was feeling very at home with the rhythm of HHHC, having been there for some weeks already and reportedly loving the environment.

Much has changed at the clinic by way of improvements to the building inside and out. The block housing the flushing toilet, shower (with overhead pipe) and kitchen is completed and has external lighting. Lino has been laid on most floors and fans on most ceilings in the central accommodation building. With a three-piece suite and colour TV, the main ‘lecture room’ is very homely and well used even when no lectures are taking place.

The ceremony to award the Course Completion certificates was held the day after I arrived and we had a great time acknowledging the students’ excellent performances in the September exam followed by the hard work of Anita and Precious; to prepare, cook and serve the delicious meal of kenke, which was very much appreciated. We also made sure to celebrate with much reggae dancing until after 7pm.

Clinics were as usual every day from around 7am until early afternoon. Louise dealt with returns for previous patients seen in the weeks before I arrived and I then dealt with new patients. We did observe some of each other’s cases. I noticed a greater than ever before incidence of cases of fever. Perhaps that time of year being the rainy season contributed, with much of the rain occurring before I came. Already the Harmattan was beginning, the air misted with sand and dryness of eyes and skin apparent.

My final week was spent in Accra, primarily at PISHAM where I again seen many external improvements (shown in Louise’s emailed photos from November.) 
Julius was friendly and accommodating and apparently busy with the clinic. A few patients were seen on at least two of my three days there. Three 2nd year students were present for the predominantly exam revision sessions: Cynthia (heavily pregnant), Edem and Samuel (fast tracked to 2nd year based on previous experience as a cardio-massage therapist)

We covered translating the patients’ symptoms into the language of the repertory. 
I advised investing in a Thesaurus to aid this important process and to be very observant of patient mannerisms, tone of voice and specific descriptions of symptoms.
We also discussed the significance of hierarchy of importance attributed to specific symptoms being considered for repertorisation and prescription choice and reviewed the definitions of each. We did various T/F and multiple-choice quizzes based on the CC exam papers to test and review their general knowledge of philosophy and materia medica.

I spent the day before leaving, with a visit to Amanfrom in Kasoa. I met with Phillips, Mr. Emmanuel, the lab technician and nurse before Noble arrived. I was very impressed with the changes and development that have happened with the building since I was last in Kasoa. There is now a lab, consulting rooms, ward with 5/6 beds, pharmacy and space for teaching rooms on the upper floors. There are even 20 new student all-in-one desk/chairs. All the floors and tiling are completed and a new main entrance created. 
Outstanding completion is still required to provide windows and doors on the 1st floor; toilet bowls to be installed and painting throughout, but particularly on the 1st floor.
There is now a beautiful garden space at the back of the building.

I see so much potential in Phillips’s creation and development of the building. He is clearly committed to advancing Homeopathy in Ghana and ably supported by Noble who is willing to teach the Materia Medica sections of the Certificate course, having some experience after supporting me with monthly teaching visits to Mafi Kumase following webinars. They are very keen to get started advertising the proposed CC course and I helped design/edit their existing poster draft while there. I would encourage support and investment here as a valuable resource for advancement of the HIA charities objects. Especially where there is such innovation, enthusiasm and commitment as is very evident at Kasoa.

Many Thanks once more.
Best of luck for all the developments in 2018!
Jacqueline x

Homeopathy is continuing to expand in Ghana

Kits and books for our latest graduates
Kits and books for our latest graduates

Homeopathy is continuing to expand in Ghana 
building on the great work of all those who have gone before.

From the new GHP coordinator: Lyn Clark

What an enjoyable and fruitful trip I had last Autumn 2017. I was joined, for parts of it, by Louise Ainsworth and Jacqueline Smith. We each visited all three branches of the project: PISHAM College in Accra: Hope Clinic and Hope Study Group in Mafi Kumase, Volta Region; and Kumasi Study Group in Kumasi City, Ashanti Region. And now we have a new branch opening in Kasoa, Accra (West side).

Next month (March 2018), we will start the one-year certificate course again. We have run one each year for the last three years. This year, we will run it in three different regions simultaneously for the first time: Kumasi, Mafi Kumase, and Kasoa, Accra. 
It will be taught locally by Certificate graduates, with a monthly webinar broadcast from the UK.

Last year we took 17 kits out for our latest graduates, kindly donated by Helios Pharmacy. 
It was a joy to award these, along with the certificate and a book to each student graduating from Mafi Kumase (10 graduates) and Kumasi (7 students).

Inspiringly, all the graduates expressed an interest in going on to do the diploma course (to run next year, probably in Accra).

Kumasi

In Kumasi, the KHSG students (Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group) are on track to complete the diploma course next August/September 2018.
This means, in addition to the two graduates from PISHAM College, we will have 7 more diploma graduates launching themselves into practice in Kumasi.

We are building the Kumasi Homeopathy Clinic this year, to launch with the students as they graduate. We decided to wait to build this year to be ready for the graduates becoming practitioners. We have the architectural plans and a project manager and are now looking for land. The more funds we can attract, the more centrally we can place the clinic.

A patient of Emperor’s who he has been treating for fertility. She is currently pregnant hence the laughter and smiles!

Mafi Kumase

In Mafi Kumase, the Hope clinic thrives to provide homeopathic health-care locally, under the great work of Emperor. Their building is impressive, now incorporating the clinic and the Hope Health Centre and training space. Lovely to catch up with Emperor and all that he is up to in Mafi Kumase. He now has a group of certificate graduates who can work at assistant level in the clinic to support him. In time, these graduates will become practitioners to carry on his great work over the last twelve years for the surrounding and local community.

Accra

In Accra, PISHAM has said goodbye to Grace Rhomes. We wish her very well in all her endeavors and are grateful for the work she has given to the college over the years. The college, a project independent from GHP, continues in the hands of Julius Berdie, Principal.

So many changes in Ghana Homeopathy Project.
We welcome the new editor of our Newsletter, Louise Ainsworth; and two new trustees, Moira Houston and Jo Morgan, who have taken on the valuable roles of secretary and fund-raiser, respectively.

For myself, I am pleased to have accepted the role of GHP Co-ordinator. I hope to continue to forward homeopathy in Ghana and to work with the project team in as creative and dynamic a way as I am able.

My volunteering report

by Jeri Russell

Three weeks in Ghana flew by, working in a very busy clinic where patients started our day off by arriving at 7 a.m. The case load was different to the types of illnesses I have seen in Southern African clinics – malaria being prevalent in Ghana and not seen in the areas I had previously volunteered. There had been more sexually transmitted diseases in Southern Africa, deeper illnesses it seemed.

I put this down to life being like the Garden of Eden in Ghana! Healthy fresh foods, less stress, more water and clean air. I saw more wounds and infections in Ghana and the newer bane in Africa, high blood pressure, was of about the same prevalence.

Of course, in a physically hard-working society the same amount of arthritic complaints and back pain were noticed. The reverse of that, of course, is that with a physically active life we saw fit and healthy priests from the nearby Catholic Church – aged from 76-90 years! Each was healthy in mind and in body.

My biggest surprise was the gift I received from an elderly woman a few days after her treatment – she came to the clinic with a guinea fowl! The guinea fowl landed in the pot that very night, in a tasty stew made by Emperor’s gracious sisters.

Eli (a Hope Homeopathy Study Group student) was with us so often, and helped me so much e.g. driving, taking me to market, taking me to a local funeral and the funeral lunch afterward. Precious helped me with everything during my stay too – kind and gracious in every way. Emperor’s sisters prepared lovely meals each night. Sadly, I had some tummy troubles after I was WAAAY too greedy with watermelon on a hot day! I was more careful after that.

I loved teaching the HHSG students, a really bright and enthusiastic group who are excited about the topics at hand and are all very keen learners. I spent the most time with Precious, Rudolph and Eli. I was delighted to work alongside Precious (she is learning so much, so quickly!) and Emperor. We worked together very well and very efficiently – he and Precious were both translating at different times.

I seemed to know how Emperor would prescribe, and vice-versa. It was a very rich working experience. I loved hearing about his time in India, and learned so much from him.

Of course, the heart and soul of Mafi Kumase was and is Emperor. When I asked a long-ago volunteer about the Ghana Homeopathy Project, she wrote me back and said, ‘Ah, the amazing Emperor’. I think that is a perfect description of his work, his home, his family and his life ethos. The amazing Emperor: caring so much for his friends, family, community and Ghana.

At the end of my stay Emperor asked if I could help get donations to buy an ambulance for the clinic. Well, at first it was a daunting challenge, but once I found that the price was 1/20th of what I expected – I thought, ‘I will find a way’.

Rather than taking years asking friends for twenty dollars here and there, I realised that I had a ready-made solution. We had lived in South Africa a few years ago and had hoped to sell beautiful ostrich tote bags to the game reserves. I had numerous sample bags and decided to sell those. When people heard that it was for an ambulance in remote Ghana, friends and ‘friends-of-friends’ leapt aboard the ambulance train. In a few weeks, we had the funds, and the donators had stunning, forever tote bags whose cost went to a wonderful cause.

I learned so very much during this time, and enjoyed every minute of learning and teaching in the caring and supportive environment of Emperor’s home and clinic in Mafi Kumase. I am grateful for this rewarding experience working with a wonderful team at GHP.

To those thinking about volunteering, it is a wonderful way to learn, study, give and receive homeopathic knowledge, as well as seeing a successful, easy-to-manage business model. Newly graduated homeopaths? This could be just the ‘kick-start’ you need for your new practice – or as a boost to established practices. If THIS much can be achieved in remote Ghana, think how your own practice would flourish after such an experience.

Thank you.
Jeri Russell

My experience in studying homeopathy

by Akosua Afriyie Duku

My experience in studying homeopathy and being mentored by very experienced homeopaths on my diploma course has given me an opportunity to understand the oneness that exists between humans and the environment. We are all connected and depend on each other. Everything we see around, whether edible or not, have something to offer humankind.

Who would have thought
that poison ivy, venom of poisonous snake,
bee stings or disease substances
would have something good to offer?
Through homeopathic dilution,
succussion and trituration,
they become useful.

Through the study of homeopathy, I have learned that there is a balancing mechanism (the vital force) that keeps us in health. When imbalanced there is disease and in its absence, there is death. Homeopathic remedies boost this mechanism to correct the imbalance.

Through my clinical practice with our lead mentors, a 15 year old girl who had skin disease for ten years is healed. An 83 year old man with asthma for 21 years is doing very well. My children and I have also benefited immensely from homeopathy.

I have come to understand that situations make people change and the changes can only be seen through their actions, thoughts, ideas and their affirmations. As a student homeopath, listening to people’s cases and practising case-taking, with the help of our dear experienced mentors and volunteer teachers, has helped me personally to work on my limitations. Homeopathy has helped me to appreciate everything and everyone.

When one pours water on a group of people, their reactions will never be the same. One may cry, one may run and hide, one may express anger and one may laugh and welcome the splash of water. If we were to treat these people, different remedies would be given to each one of them. This makes homeopathy unique. I am entreating all student homeopaths, especially the Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group, to take homeopathy to the highest level. We need our health and it can be found in HOMEOPATHY.

Thank you.

Kumasi Homeopathy Study Group is ready to start its permanent student clinic!

The clinic will be launched in November this year during Lyn’s next trip to Ghana.

A dedicated building will be created to house the clinic, the library, the pharmacy and training.

And it looks like a building has been found!!

Requiring a bit of TLC and a lot of decoration, the building was previously an allopathic clinic but has stood empty for 7 years. In June, Bonsu, Akosua and Lyn opened the front doors, after 2 years of not having been opened at all, amongst all the cobwebs and dust. A great moment.

It is a beautiful space right in the centre of the city so the greatest diversity of people will pass the door daily. This is what we all want. To make homeopathy available for everyone.

The building’s very central position makes it a great launching place to put homeopathy firmly on the map in Kumasi.

On stepping in to the building you enter an atrium leading to at least two consultation rooms, another room large enough to hold training and the library and a tiny room that can be dedicated to the pharmacy.

The atrium will allow us to open a small juice bar and sell a few remedies and a few other products. The veranda will be a great place for people to sit and sip their juice. We will secure the building for 3 years, during that time we can plan how to continue moving forward.

Everyone in Kumasi is excited about this next phase and about their finally becoming homeopathic practitioners.

Upstairs there is an apartment where we can host volunteers and visitors. It really is a building that can meet all our needs.

How you can help

Monthly donations, however small, are the bedrock of most of what we are able to do in Ghana. You can also give one off donations, and in memoriam.

To set up a regular donation to Ghana Homeopathy Project from your bank or building society account, download this donation form below which has details for Standing Orders and one off Donations by cheque.

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Donating in cash or kind

For online donations we use JustGiving which is safe and convenient. Donate by going to our JustGiving page.

If you have an idea for a fund raising activity, it is very easy to set it up as a page on JustGiving and link it to Ghana Homeopathy Project’s JustGiving page.

Good quality homeopathic books are welcome. Contact us if you have some to give.

Volunteering can be for you
Volunteering can be for you

Volunteering

Are you a homeopath looking for an inspiring break from regular practice? Then you can volunteer with us. All you need is a reasonable amount of clinic and/or teaching experience under your belt, and a keenness on exploring the African experience of homeopathy. Get in touch now to find out more. Please note that at this time (Summer/autumn 2018) we can support volunteers to cover travel costs if needed.

 

Click here to read what some of our volunteers have said about their volunteering experience with GHP.

News from Premier International School of Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine

‘Onipa Apomuden Ye Ate Nkwa’
A person’s health is his life

PISHAM is On the Move (again!)

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.39.08For the third time in just over three years PISHAM, Premier International School of Homeopathy & Alternative Medicine, has relocated to new premises. In the spirit of its tubercular nature and stillyearning for a new space, a new adventure and new surroundings; the yearning, the longing for that ideal school environment that would provide a more settled base, kept tugging away at PISHAM heartstrings.

Over the years, with much uncertainty about a suitable location, it’s taken sheer guts and determination to keep the School and community work going without too much disruption. We carried on teaching students and offering consultations in two rooms, while still living out of boxes. This may not sound too bad to some, but when you want to complete formal educational processes, set up practically, expand and develop, two rooms and moving around constantly is less than ideal. PISHAM has good enough vitality to adapt to changing circumstances, but come on now? Enough!

In September 2015, the removal van left Iron City, Kasoa and stopped at Salaai Close, North Kaneshie. We have now moved into a soft and therapeutic environment with enough space to house the contents of our boxes and provide our school with enough rooms for teaching, a clinic, library, bookshop and more. Space for people too!

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Entrance to PISHAM at North Kaneshie
PISHAM Facilities
PISHAM Facilities

True to form and not wanting to delay the start of the academic year too much, we quickly cleared and prepared a few rooms so that by October we opened our doors to new and existing students!

It’s now June 2016 and we are coming to the end of another academic year feeling more grounded. Boxes have been unpacked, books are on shelves; clinic and pharmacy are now operational with case notes in filing cabinets and kettle and cups in their proper place.

There’s still much to do practically and formally, but being able to stretch our arms and legs and know where things are placed, means we can continue to focus on our future and become more settled in our approach to organising the year rather than the ‘fire-fighting’ strategy of the past!

NEW STUDENTS

Year One: started with five new students or HiTs (otherwise known as: Homeopaths in Training) including: Cynthia, Elizabeth, Cecilia, Bill and Edem, who all joined us in October 2015.

EXISTING STUDENTS

Year Two: includes Chris and Precious who moved to Ghana from Nigeria to study with us. They have done really well to settle into Accra, completing Year one with good results, both in formal assignments and clinical work. They are now continuing with us in Year Two and about to complete the Foundation training.

Student on deferral

Our student Ken, who deferred last year due to family responsibilities, has worked really hard to complete his Yr2 coursework and exams. Well done Ken!

COMPLETING DIPLOMA Coursework

Year Four: An exciting time as we hope to have two students, Phillip and Noble, achieving their Diploma early next year. They will complete their final pieces of coursework to be passed to The Contemporary College of Homeopathy (CCH) UK for assessment.

CCH are the awarding body for the Diploma. We are all excited that we are soon to have our very first Diploma graduates. We are looking forward to not only celebrating the awarding of the Diplomas, but also the success of our joint partnership with CCH(UK).

Exams

As we approach the end of the academic year; EXAM FEVER! is underway. Remedy, revise, study and breathe easy! You have all worked really hard HiTs and we wish you every success.

Love in is in the air!

We all love a love story. This year two of our female students have been married to the men of their dreams! Ahhhhh! Congratulations to Anoeshka and Jaen; Cynthia and Henry. We wish them lasting and happy relationships.

The An Award 2016

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Anoeshka receiving her certificate in India with Drs Kalyan and Dilip Battacharyea

Winning Students

Anoeshka Bekker, our other second year student from the UK who works a childminder in Ghana, joined our course in the same year as Chris and Precious and was the latest PISHAM student successful in her application to The An Award, when she organised a homeopathy awareness workshop; her target group being local parents. She also took a consultation with a client from a Muslim community in central Accra, all resulting in her trip to India in February this year to participate in a two week course run by homeopathic Doctors Kalyan and Kalishankar Battacharyea.

So far, four PISHAM students have worked really hard and been fortunate enough to deservedly win this opportunity. Many thanks to Dr. An Debsyer for providing our students with such an invaluable opportunity during their training. A great initiative which we hope can continue.

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COMMUNITY WORK

Flood & Fire Disaster Support

On June 3rd last year, there was a flood/fire disaster that devastated the Kwame Nkrumah Circle area in the centre of Accra. Rainfall during rainy season was much heavier than usual, plus a fire at a local petrol station led to loss of many lives, property and livelihoods in the area. Grace, the course leader, quickly got involved in supporting one of the communities by setting up an on-site outreach clinic, where she worked for six weeks. Grace provided homeopathic treatment for deep trauma, shock, separation and loss, to many individuals and their families. We hope never to have this experience in Ghana again.

Fire/Flood Disaster Area at Circle in Accra
Fire/Flood Disaster Area at Circle in Accra
Grace in the Clinic she set up at Circle
Grace in the Clinic she set up at Circle

More Community Initiatives

In March this year, in a new initiative, PISHAM began offering homeopathic treatment to children and young adults with ‘complex needs’ in a joint working partnership with a youth training establishment along the coastal belt in Cape Coast. The partnership is fully established now and has already created significant improvements in the health of the young people. Histories of the young people include: abuse, neglect and pathologies that threaten life span including physical complaints where children have absorbed toxic substances from the environment.

These community initiatives provide students with invaluable practical training throughout the course and expose them to a diverse range of histories & pathologies; encouraging thought about the potential to set up practice in range of ways. Not just in buildings and consultations. PISHAM has a long history of setting up outreach clinics in areas where there is no or limited access to healthcare facilities. Students are actively involved in these clinics, participating in various roles according to their stage in the course i.e. registering clients and taking vital signs, observing or taking consultations or operating the mobile pharmacy.

Our most recent long standing outdoor clinic was in Ofaakor, Odupong, Kasoa. As a result of our work and the gap in health facilities in the area: The Chief of that community donated nearly 12 acres of land to PISHAM to build Dr. Berdie’s vision for a permanent school/campus/health facility in the future. Fantastic! However, it will take a significant amount of funding to develop this project: costs for formal registration, customary gifts, architects; as well as getting the basic build up and running. While working towards developing the site and Dr. Berdie’s vision, we’ll be planting seeds and developing a farm where we can raise income from the sale of the produce to get us started.

But we need your support!

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Kasapa – Student Talk!

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Cynthia Larteley Young Yr.1

I enjoy lectures and the cordial relationship between the students and teachers. I would like the teaching days to increase due to the amount of work to get through the syllabus and thepracticals.

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William (Bill) Tackie Yr.1

I am a mature student with a lot of life experience that helps me to understand the teaching at PISHAM very fast. Many years ago I learned a lot from working with a renowned Ghanaian homeopath in his practice. I like the way the school is teaching me, far better than the online study I also did! I hope I can master the course in 4 years time and be a great homeopath.

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Edern Kumatse Yr.1

I joined PISHAM because I have a passion for helping people to achieve good health. I have entrusted my hopes in it that with PISHAM I can achieve my dream and seen PISHAM to be a very determined school, with lecturers who always get students up and going with academic activities. We are always eager and ready to learn something new and I know I have a great future with PISHAM. Thank you.

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Precious Anyanyebechi Yr.2

My school PISHAM is my pride because it has taught me how to understand both diseases and the individual. Not only have I understood homeopathy, but also the characteristics of different individuals. My dream is to become a great homeopath, which is imminent since I’m on the right path. I wish that people understand homeopathy as I do, especially those who have chosen to be a doctor.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.40.25Kenneth Tettey Bedu Yr.2

PISHAM is a very serious school with the lecturers helping students to achieve their purpose of attending. The lecturers are hard-working to keep the institution solid in spite of the school’s ups and downs with relocation problems yet still maintain a higher & greater standard. Come on board to help move the college forward!

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.40.42Christopher Aniebonam Yr.2

The school has offered me a lot in terms of understanding homeopathy in detail. It’s very professional. My dream is to clear the doubt over homeopathy so people know that there is much more to achieve with homeopathy. My hope is to inculcate in people that homeopathy is the embodiment of world medicine when it comes to understanding the principles and definition of medicine. I am committed to becoming an advocate for the profession.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.01Anoeshka Bekker Yr.2

There are so many positive things to say about PISHAM, however, the aspects I cherish most are the wonderful friendships that I have made; the incredibly diverse, fascinating and all encompassing learning and the deeper understanding into African culture. Not only do the teachers at PISHAM teach you about homeopathy, they also include science, spirituality, compassion and intuition. This makes for an all round fantastically enriching environment to learn and grow.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.15Lionel Noble Kpogo Yr.4

For the past four years I have received a comprehensive training in both theory and practice as a homoeopathic student. I am very confident that I will be a good homeopathic practitioner after I have graduated and will have lots of success in my practice. To all the seasoned homeopaths across the globe who have impacted so much on my training, I sincerely love you all for the support and encouragement. Stay blessed. I feel very happy and challenged to do more so that people can enrol proudly as homeopathic students, just like medical students applying to the universities in Ghana.

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.29Phillip Kpogo Yr.4

My four year training in homeopathy at PISHAM has added a lot to my previous knowledge in homeopathy. I trained with the Netherlands group ‘Homeopaths Without Borders’ many years ago, and have over 30yrs in practice. The additional four years training from PISHAM has encouraged me to expand my practice. Thanks to all the foreign lecturers and PISHAM school management for the opportunity and support. Long live homeopaths! Long live homeopathy!

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Ti Koro Nnk o Ayging!

Two heads are better than one!

Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.41.49Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 23.42.00Oh, what a year and what a journey! Dr. Berdie (Principal) and me, Grace Rhoomes (Course Leader), are two heads with specific roles and responsibilities that are interdependent. We have been working together for nine years now. In the first two years I commuted back and forth from UK to Ghana before settling here for the last seven years. In that time we have transformed provision at the school from only short courses to a fully established 4 Year Diploma course.

We’ve been involved in a move, a shuffle and a resettle or two with PISHAM; alongside our supporters and a disgruntled few! At each destination we have delighted in teaching new students and treating clients. Dr Berdie and I will keep on doing just that. I am as much in wonder at it all, nine years on, as I was when I first arrived here. So much so that I’ve written a poem:

If I could wander and roam in the reds, greens and golds of this land,
I would wander and wonder and breathe.
If I could heal and teach and restore faith in love,
I would heal and teach and help to heal.
If I could be anywhere else but Ghana right now
I’d be right here in Ghana just now;
And I am.

 

I still wander and roam in the red, gold, green (and black!)
And wonder at the healing and teaching and love,
And the hard and soft of the scent of the journey,
And the beat and power and rhythm of the dance.
I have faith I’m fulfilling my destiny’s call,
And in doing all this I’m having a ball.

 

My life is a work of art, a beautiful contemporary dance!

Grace Rhoomes

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