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One Thousand Eyes, Hands and Needles

Kwan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy often appears with one thousand arms, hands, and in the palm of each hand an eye. One thousand eyes scan the universe, ready to respond wherever suffering is found. When I reflect upon the work of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in New Orleans over the past twelve months, I wonder if maybe She also appears with a needle in each hand, poised to treat a roomful of trauma victims, still struggling to find the ground under their upended lives in the deepening aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. 

NOLA

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend some time in to New Orleans with the not-for-profit group Acupuncturists Without Borders. Teams of volunteer acupuncturist from the organization have been part of the disaster relief and recovery process in New Orleans since Sept. 2005, when the region was devastated by hurricanes and a series of levy breaks that flooded the city.

The Moments of High Resolve

from For The Inward Journey by Howard Thurman

Greetings AWB comrades. I came across the excerpt below this afternoon and I was reminded why I made the decision to remain involved with AWB. As I experience time challenges, priority difficulties, personal and business responsibilities, obligations and delights, I shall try to keep in the forefront of my mind why AWB is important to me...

Acupuncturists Without Borders Looks to Expand its Service

As you may know, Acupuncturists Without Borders has been providing hurricane relief work in the New Orleans area since October 2005. The relief work given so generously and lovingly from the AWB volunteers continues to bring hope, promise, and peace of mind ...

Report from New Orleans and Acupuncturists Without Borders

Early in my stay, a resident of the Algiers neighborhood told me that having your city devastated “is like your spouse having a stroke ...

Impressions from the First Wave of Acupuncturists Without Borders

I was drawn to the Gulf situation because it’s was so close to home, figuratively and literally ...

From New Orleans

I arrived home late Tuesday night and have not been able to stop crying, nor lift this feeling in my chest ...

New Orleans

Imagine it’s a bright, sunny day and you are driving down your local road to the Mall, that stretch of road that always has too much traffic and too many stores...

Blues for New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina slammed into the U.S. Gulf Coast on August 28, horrifically damaging the area - but that was only the first disaster...

Hope and Compassion in New Orleans

Returning home after my second trip to the Gulf Coast, the standard questions get asked by friends and family: "How was your trip? What's the situation in New Orleans now?" ...

Acu Whutt?

Acupuncturists Without Borders - Ancient Medicine for a Modern Disaster

"Acu-whuuut?" asks a contractor, slightly sarcastically, at the Belle Chasse Air National Guard Base just outside New Orleans ...

Creating an organization

Creating an organization of acupuncturists that could respond to disasters and areas of conflict throughout the world, had been an idea in the back of Diana Fried’s mind for some time ...

AWB WILL RETURN TO NEW ORLEANS

Out-of-state licensing exemption has been extended ...

NEW ORLEANS STORIES FROM JORDAN VAN VOAST

The Rainbow Family encampment has invited Acupuncturists Without Borders to offer acupuncture services to people passing through the park ...

LETTER FROM AWB VOLUNTEER GRAHAM MARKS

Oct 1. The phone rings, it's my classmate and colleague Sue Larkin calling from Cape Cod. "Want to go to New Orleans with me?" I hesitate for about 5 seconds and say, "Of course, when are we going?" ...

LETTER FROM AWB VOLUNTEER JORDAN VAN VOAST

As we continue our work in New Orleans we are presented with daily opportunities to give of ourselves and grow as individuals while we lend our support to those in need. AWB continues to ask for volunteers to donate their time ...

UPDATE FROM NEW ORLEANS DIANA FRIED, DIRECTOR

On Sunday we were invited to a Vietnamese community (Queen Mary of Vietnam Catholic Church!) where hundreds have just returned to their devastated areas ...

NEWS FROM NEW ORLEANS DIANA FRIED, DIRECTOR

Several of us are doing ear acupuncture at the Common Ground clinic in Algiers, a community in New Orleans ...

COMMUNICATION FROM DIANA FRIED

The Water Element seems to be at work regarding acupuncture for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Things change constantly ...

LETTER SENT FROM DR. POLLARD TO FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO RAISE MONEY FOR TRIP TO LOUISIANA

Dear Friends and Family,

Over the last 3 weeks I have been working with an up and coming organization called Acupuncturists Without Borders. It has been a dream ...

LETTER FROM HERB KANDEL

I was eager for Red Cross deployment to the gulf, but when I learned that only Physicians, P.A.s, Nurses, and Mental Health Workers, not Acupuncturists would be utilizing their professional skills ...

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