Abha Light College of Natural Medicine

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This describes the Abha Light Foundation and its goals.

Abha Light College of Natural Medicine is more than just a college. It’s part of the Abha Light Foundation (ALF http://www.abhalight.org) and represents an extended family of teachers, students, graduate practitioners, satellite clinics, supporters and friends. ALF is one of the oldest permanent projects of “pioneering” (our term) homeopathy in Africa.

ALCNM grew from community classes in the slums in 2000

Early classes at our first clinic at Kariobangi Slum, Nairobi

… to its present form as a College of Natural Medicine:

Our present classes in the garden of our current premises in Nairobi

On the face of it, we are a very small, struggling school and, along with the rest of the ALF, ever on the brink of financial disaster. Often, we feel it’s only through Cosmic Grace that we manage to pull through each month. But we ever remain vibrant and inspired by the work of bringing homeopathy to the people and by the daily miracles of homeopathy we witness in our work.

We offer diplomas in homeopathy, reflexology, herbal medicine and naturopathy (Indian tradition). Thanks to our patron, Dr. Robin Murphy, we are affiliated and get advisory support from the Centre of Homeopathic Education (UK). They have approved our course and have authorized us to offer a CHE diploma. On the Naturopathy side, we offer a Diploma from the All-India Natural Life Association.

We now conduct a 2½ year course. Our average class size, each year, is about 10 students, with ages ranging from 18 – 60. Up until now, we’ve trained about 60 Kenyans and 1 Ugandan, primarily in homeopathy. Some students have specialized in other fields such as Naturopathy, Traditional Herbal Medicine or Reflexology. Most students are from the villages or urban slums and their course is subsidized by sponsorships, but there are a growing number of middle and upper economic class students taking interest in the course. After training, we encourage them to return to their communities. This is necessary in order to establish homeopathy as a medicine accessible to everyone, rather than remaining elite in the cities. We also have a few distance students learning homeopathy from other parts of Africa.

The school can’t be separated from ALF as a whole. The college’s former students are now experienced homeopaths and run their own clinics. In turn they host students who come for their practical internships. ALF raises funds, as needed, to support graduate students in opening their first clinics. ALF subsidizes these low-cost clinics with free medicines. Otherwise the clinics and practitioners are independent and autonomous, working together only on special projects as a loosely affiliated group.

The work of ALF itself goes beyond the College and we are involved in many activities. We are, time to time, approached to offer homeopathy and health-care services by special-interest donors who support certain groups or projects, for example, an HIV self-support group or an orphanage. In that case, any ALF-affiliated homeopath may be asked to take charge of it. Right now, we are involved with two orphanages and one HIV-support group in this way.

Over the years we have partnered with other local and international groups to provide healthcare services in their projects. One of our oldest partnerships is with a Catholic medical mission. Corboni Sisters provides services to HIV infected persons in one of Nairobi’s largest slums. The project opened a “natural” section in 2005 with our help and we provided a homeopath and advice on their natural protocols for HIV. (see about ALF’s book, “Great Health, Naturally!” at . Now, three of the Corboni’s nurses are trained in homeopathy and are fully in control of that section of the Corboni project.

ALF has established a pharmacy in order to be able to directly supply homeopathy to homeopaths and the public. We have developed certain complex products that are reaching the public, and help provide a small income for the Foundation. Connecting our pharmacy with the clinics, we are interested in research of various kinds.

Our faculty members include:

Didi Ananda Ruchira, principal, instructor in homeopathy

Dr J.K. Wanjeru, instructor in Traditional Medicine

Shem Ochieng, instructor in Health Sciences

Evenlyn Migue, instructor in Nutrition and Homeopathic Materia Medica

Arvind Pathak, instructor in Naturopathy

Jaqui Morris, instructor in Reflexology

Here’s a few words from our currently oldest student, who reflects the spirit of our college:

“Having practiced African Traditional Medicine for nearly 40 years, I got to know about homeopathy through the media. After that, I found an ad in the newspapers for the College. I decided to study the course. What I have found is that most herbal medicines have been included in homeopathy. In herbal medicine I’ve been using large doses but I’m continually amazed by the smallness of the doses of homeopathic medicines. This has only added more interest and urged me on to continue studying at the College. I hope to continue with my studies even after the College and if possible, will join the campaign to make the populace realize that homeopathy can have an impact in healthcare and life.” Hannibal J.C. Mburu, age 64, is a African Traditional Medicine practitioner qualified with a Certificate in Traditional Medicine, Pharmaceutical Tech (NTI, Kenya), Dipl Afro-Medicines (BFS-UK)

Hannibal Mburu, our oldest student

ABOUT THIS ISSUE

In this issue, the articles are dancing somewhat to a different beat. All of the articles are very much connected to the African experience of homeopathy. You will be reading from the perspective of what it is like to be working in Kenya and the challenges of pioneering homeopathy as a “new medicine” in the public eye. We felt, at ALCNM, that this is the opportunity to bring you, the reader, closer to Africa.

The contributors are drawn from our Abha Light faculty, clinical supervisors and affiliated practitioners:

Didi Ananda Ruchira, director-founder of ALF and ALCNM. Didi is the primary instructor in homeopathy at the college.

Dr. J Claire Niala, ALF board member.

Steve J Smith, ALF board member, overseeing 3 major clinics run by ALCNM graduates at Manyanga village, Kambimawe village and Ikutha village.

Julius Wambua, ALCNM graduate, clinic manager of the Kambimawe clinic and helps supervise ALCNM student interns.

Rachael Mutinda, ALCNM graduate, clinic manager of Kibera slum, Nairobi clinic and sometimes supervises ALCNM student interns.

About the author

Didi Ananda Ruchira

Didi Ananda Ruchira

Didi Ananda Ruchira, DIHom, ND, FKIAM, KSoH - an American, has been a homeopath since 1998. She"™s been living in Kenya for twelve years. She is the director of Abha Light Foundation. She also holds position on the executive board of the Kenyan National Traditional Health Practitioners Association.
Director Cells: 0733-895466 / 0723-869133
www.abhalight.org
Skype: anandarucira

7 Comments

  • Very inspiring issue and such a balm to hear about your successes. I work in a homeopathic pharmacy and give advice to people who call in. We have had to stop giving advice on prophylaxis etc and have been bruised by all the negative publicity here in the UK. It is wonderful to be reminded of all the benefits of homeopathy even in these (for us) unmentionable diseases!

  • This reminds me of the foundation of South Africa founded by Organization and fully supported by Narayani.

    I was lured to Homeopathy and started reading her lecture notes and Combination her organization has produced and sold as Soham Mixtures in West.
    I have tried and used these mixtures and found expected results exceptionally well.

    I will be interested to know more about your organization and work done by you.

  • Thanks for the article! I live in Vanuatu, in the south West Pacific, and have being using homeopathic medicines for our family and friends for the last 15 years….and your comment about malaria is so true…our little boy got malaria about a week after we got here (He has a fast metabolism) and we gave him Chin. Sulp, and the next day he was running around playing as if nothing was wrong!!! It is great to see your work there. We run a small primary/junior sec school here and know about the finance thing, and about the confirmations from the cosmos!! LOL have a good day! Sue

  • I am deeply impressed by the article.The performance of “Ava Light College/Foundation ” is really praiseworthy.Students are of 18-60 years;So the organization has obtained liking from people of wide ranging ages.I am fully convinced that Ava Light deals with heavy problems-making those lighter.
    In the last portion of the article the Honorable contributor pointed out as “we have developed certain complex products that are reaching the public”:I desire know more about it and request the writer to put some light on same.
    Many thanks to the writer.

  • i want to join with the college during the intake in 2012 i’m interested to know the qualification of the applicants

  • kindly where is your collage, how can I get short course for certificate level if am

    apracticing harbal medicine thanks in a advance?

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