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Update from the AWB Board of Directors

April 26, 2006

Dear Friend of AWB,

Acupuncturists Without Borders held its very first meeting of the Board of Directors over a sunny two days in Stone Ridge, New York on April 17 and 18. Seven individuals traveled from all corners of the U.S. to lay the foundation of AWB's short and long term mission and vision, and to implement a sound strategy towards achieving our lofty goals.

AWB faces intense challenges in the weeks, months and years ahead. The birth of an organization parallels the birth of a human infant ­ requiring a vast array of skills and spiritual resources, not to mention a generous supply of finances.

Please participate in this auspicious birthing by contributing whatever funds and skills possible, and by spreading the word, so that AWB may thrive and mature into a world class organization of the highest professionalism and business sustainability, capable of effecting widespread compassionate relief and peace at this critical moment on our planet. This work is too important to let die.

AWB Announces Return to New Orleans and Iraq Veterans Project

We are pleased to announce that AWB is finalizing an agreement we have reached with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. We anticipate that we will soon be able to recommence providing acupuncture for trauma relief and recovery to people in New Orleans. We are developing teams and raising funds for this ongoing critical effort to help deal with the terrible stress still endured by the people of that area.

AWB is in the planning stages of a project to provide acupuncture in local communities around the country, done by AWB volunteers, for soldiers returning from Iraq. These will be community-style acupuncture treatments, arranged through veteransı organizations, to help with the relief and recovery from trauma. More information on this project will be forthcoming.

AWB Draft Vision Statement*

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) vision is to foster the creation of stable, peaceful, global communities. Knowing that unresolved trauma can have repercussions for decades, we offer the services of volunteer acupuncturists to provide treatment to interrupt this cycle of pain and chaos and relieve suffering. By partnering with local organizations and treating with community style acupuncture in group settings we can support the healing of the whole community.

We provide services and training in local communities that will have long-range benefits after we leave. We seek to do this in a way that respects and enables the communities to direct the recovery and rebuilding process in a way that best supports their needs. (*April 17, 2006)

AWB Draft Mission Statement*

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provides immediate disaster relief to communities that are in crisis resulting from disaster or human conflict. AWB is committed to creating alliances with local community based organizations and treating all who have been affected - survivors, first responders, emergency personnel and other care providers.

AWB uses community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate treatment in a group setting. This model of treatment allows everyone treated to experience relief from stress and trauma together. When the entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it. (*April 17, 2006)

Urgent appeal for Funding

We desperately need to raise funds for the New Orleans and Iraq veterans projects, and to pay for critically needed administrative support. Such funds are imperative for AWB's continued survival.

As we are a new organization, we need other pioneers to support our efforts at this moment. We will be seeking grants for our future work but these may take 6 months to 1 year to obtain. Once we have our 501C3 status, an organizational track record and stability over a longer term, we will be in a stronger position to ask for ongoing funding from grantors and corporations.

For now, we are relying on the generosity of those who understand the vision, and the unique role that acupuncture can play in helping world communities. Please join in this vision and consider a donation of $100 or more so that we can transition through this critical period of development in the growth of AWB.

With your support, we can continue to build upon the incredible relief services we've been able to provide thus far in Louisiana, expanding into other areas including the program to address the PTSD needs of our nationıs servicemen and women returning from Iraq. All donations will be retroactively tax exempt once 501c3 status is approved.

Donations can be made by check to AWB:

37 Kelly Lynn Drive
Sandia Park, NM 87047

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Thank you for your support,

AWB Board of Directors and Advisors:

Mary Chaney, L.Ac., Portland, ME
Felice Dunas, Ph.D., Los Angeles, CA
Pat Flood, L. Ac., Port Angeles, WA
Diana Fried, L.Ac., Executive Director
John MacDonald, J.D.
Cynthia Neipris, L.Ac., New York, NY
Jordan Van Voast, L.Ac., Seattle, WA
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