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Therapies In Bosnia
Therapy Charity Working In Bosnia by Jane Thurnell-Read
Though the Bosnian war ended in 1995, those with injuries/trauma are still suffering, as are their families. Many are left in poverty, as their breadwinners were killed/injured during the war. Sarah Greenwood and Karen Tinker decided they needed to help. They had both been to Bosnia before through a charity giving treatments to those suffering war injuries/trauma.
They realised that there was a need for qualified therapists in Bosnia full-time, as the treatments given by the charity only reached a small percentage of those needing them, and for a limited time each year. Sarah founded a new charity Phoenix-Aid (UK Registered Charity Number 1103938) with the full intent of training Bosnian nationals in order that they would be able to treat their own people year round.
To date the charity has:
There have been constraints of time and money, but the two women have tried to make the courses as comprehensive as possible with lots of useful, technical and practical input. Karen told me:
Plans for the future include setting up of an institute based in Bosnia with a fully recognised international examination board to provide certificated courses with an international qualification. They also plan to set up an Equine Facilitated Learning Scheme. Many people can benefit from this, as the care of horses brings relaxation, bonding, stress relief and an interest outside the situation in which the war victims/disabled are living.
The Financial Part
They are very much in need of funds and would appreciate any help people are able to give in this respect. They need essential oils and consumables, ear candles, carrier oils, charts and books each time they go over, so any help with this would be greatly appreciated also.
Read one therapist's account of her trip to Bosnia with this charity.
For more information, see www.phoenix-aid.org.