Concepción, La Chiquitania
BOLIVIA PHASE 1
Despite all the difficulties that appeared, the training was a success
To train a group of 30 health promoters in barefoot acupuncture, related Chinese and natural Medicine curriculum. The training took place in the centrally located Chiquitania town of Concepcion in the tropical savanna region of the Santa Cruz Department in Bolivia.
The Wu Project Team
Maria Rosa Romero
Marcela Lucena, acupuncturist, nutritionist.
Eduardo Borges Videographer
Dr. John Fernando MD, Acupuncture, Physician
Partners in Bolivia
Lhasa Om, Acumarket, individual donations and Latin Angels Foundation.
Logistics of the trip
Latin Angels Foundation coordinated with the local group and financed the trip.
Lessons from the Field
This was the first time that The Wu Project partnered with another organization in the funding and strategy. It was a learning experience where we needed to use our always essential mantra “Om Flexi Om”. In spite, or, because of the good handling of the difficulties that appeared, the training was a success.
As mean for communicating and supporting the students. We found the app What’s app very convenient. We formed a “chat group” and signed up those that had proper telephones before we finished the class. We have been in constant communication with them. Through the chat, we have been able to discuss clinical cases and give them advice. The chat has also serve as a link between this newly formed community of healers. We will implement that strategy in our next trainings.
The commitment of the students was palpable when only 5 days after the end of the class they got together to treat each other and share knowledge. They also started a FREE treatment day for the community. During that day, the students took turns to provide free treatments to the people of the town and surrounding areas.