International Partners for Healing Nepal Relief Project

For: Nepali people, children, traumatized by earthquake disaster
Mesa, AZ
Organizer: Tamara Brennan
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Addressing the mental health crisis in Nepal by empowering Nepali to help their own people 

On April 25th, 2015, the world turned upside down for the Nepali people. The first catastrophic earthquake was followed by over 100 significant aftershocks happening over months, each one further tormenting an exhausted and terrified population and making it too frightening to sleep. The uncertainty, fear and grief resulting from such incomprehensible losses are having a profound impact on the Nepali people's mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.  Now that a year has passed since the disaster began, conditions in Nepal have not improved and a blockade at the border with India has kept medicines, fuel and basic things needed for survival out of reach for people struggling to survive in temporary housing. Frustrating delays in rebuilding have prolonged their suffering as well.  So layered onto the original grief, loss and hardship are strong feelings of frustration and anger.  All of this impacts people's ability to cope and has to potential to damage their health far into the future.  The International Partner for Healing Nepal Relief Project aims to address this significant mental health situation by empowering Nepali to help their own people in a way that will alleviate this suffering. 

Why this is important:

Prolonged stress and trauma deteriorates into chronic illness, anxiety and depression. It can extinguish a person's desire to keep on living. It can make a person angry at God.

On a practical level, for Nepal to rebuild, people will need to find the inner resources to carry out all that needs to be done. They will need to draw from all of their faculties and creativity to find sustainable solutions to the challenges arising from the destruction of infrastructure that has interrupted normal life and basic services.  As caring people around the world, we want the intense suffering of our brothers and sisters to end. 

The challenge is how to help a population of traumatized people of this size.

Addressing the mental health crisis in Nepal by empowering Nepali to help their own people 

International Partners for Healing is a program of the tax-exempt non-profit The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action. IPH is an alliance of professional practitioners and innovators in the fields of energy medicine and energy psychology. Our mission is to maximize our impact in order to meet the needs of a significant part of populations in crisis. To do this we partner with people in countries to train them in specific treatment protocols so that are prepared to treat their own people. Training local people to provide these treatments is a strategy that works well to give large numbers of people access to effective help.

We have a IPH team assembled that we will send to Nepal of people who specialize in therapies that are highly effective for relieving the severe emotional trauma and somatic distress that results from surviving overwhelming disaster situations. As part of the trainings, we will supervise the students as they give treatments to the public. This will mean that hundreds of people will get the first treatments at one time. Furthermore, we will work with our partners in Nepal to design and implement a strategy for getting this help to people in remote villages where the devastation was severe and aid has been slow to arrive.

The result of the IPH Nepal Relief Project will be that there will be a significant number of dedicated people well prepared to assist the population in their moment of crisis and for years to come, greatly reducing the collective trauma and preventing the diseases associated with untreated prolonged stress. This is the model of disaster relief that we used previously in Chiapas, Mexico that resulted in thousands of hurricane and earthquake survivors in remote areas having access to practitioners who successfully helped them to find relief.  You can learn more about the science supporting this work, and how we have employed it with good success by watching our video linked to this page.  

Why Acupuncture and Energy Psychology?

Because these methods of helping people in trauma work.  They work.  Overwhelming experiences engage the fight or flight physiology of the body and over time can have a devastating impact on a person's life.  The causes of this can now be explained both by Western scientists and Traditional Oriental Medicine.  A new field of therapeutic work has emerged that releases the trapped energy/trauma from the body while simultaneously freeing the person from the emotional impact of the experiences.  Energy psychology methods like Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), also known as meridian tapping, make use of the Eastern knowledge about the energetic pathways that animate all the systems of the body.  We no longer look at the parts of a person separately but now therapists have elegant and effective tools to offer that release a person from suffering.  Fortunately, with professional training as we will offer, these techniques can be taught to people in a short amount of time so that they can apply them to people in need.  It's a brilliant opportunity to alleviate suffering for many people.  

For a closer look, please see this video in which you can see how well this approach worked in Chiapas, Mexico after Hurricane Stan.  (Please copy link and paste to new browser.)

Who will be involved:

  • The Acupuncture International Brigade will offer intensive, 3 day trainings in auricular (ear) acupuncture for traumatic stress
  • Dr. Deborah Miller, founder of the Oaxaca Children's Project that brings EFT to children in an oncology ward.  She will address the needs of traumatized children with training in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) offered to school teachers and local NGOs in Nepal. EFT is a highly effective therapy that has been successfully used with children in crisis around the world.
  • Dr. Tamara Brennan, psychologist and Executive Director of the Sexto Sol Center, will oversee the project. She will also provide doctors with an update on the research in neuro-psychology, heart coherence and mindfulness practice relevant to helping the people.
  • We are currently seeking partners in Nepal with an emphasis on working with Women's empowerment organizations.  (Check back here for updates.)

The plan is to take our team to Nepal to provide organized intensive training sessions to our Nepali partners. The Sexto Sol Center will organize all aspects of the project in coordination with our partners in Nepal.

The funds will be used for:

  • The cost of travel, food and lodging for the international team that will travel to Nepal
  • The costs of carrying out the trainings, publicizing the project to increase public acceptance of the therapies, and to assist with the expenses related to administering the project.
  • To cover the costs of sending teams of trained people into the remote villages to provide treatments.  

Donations to the Sexto Sol Center are tax-exempt in the United States.  For your tax purposes, please refer to this EIN number to report your gift to the Sexto Sol Center for Community Action: 94-32-77-817  

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Thank you for your kindness and caring.

(Earthquake, Nepal, mental health, disaster relief, grassroots solution, community organizing, EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, acupuncture, PTSD, empowerment, meta, loving kindness) 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 3, 2016

Posted on October 3, 2016

Announcing Sexto Sol's collaboration with RUWON Nepal - (Rural Women's Network Nepal)  Trauma, especially in childhood, can have lasting effects on a person's life even creating changes in their brains. Children in Nepal are still deeply affected by the chaos and fear that the disaster created in their world.  We are pleased to be planning with RUWON to provide training to teachers in EFT in order to help these children with troubling memories and as a way to help them learn how to create resilience to stress for them.  Deborah Miller, Ph.D. a leading expert in using EFT with children, will provide the training.  See earlier update to learn more about Deborah.  

Posted on May 11, 2016

Posted on May 11, 2016

Volunteers from around the world contributed their heartfelt messages, songs and art for our video message for the people of Nepal. We posted it to Facebook on the anniversary of the disaster to let people know that the world still cares about them.  It has now reached over 151,000 people via Facebook with wonderful feedback.  Some of the comments confirm that frustration and anger at the stalled pace of reconstruction are significant.  See the English subtitle versionor the orignalNepali subtitle version.  Love travels around the world at the speed of light. 

Posted on May 11, 2016

Posted on May 11, 2016

TIME magazine published an article describing the current situation in Nepal at the 1 year anniversary of the catastrophe.  See article here.

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