Homeopaths Without Borders-NA (HWB) began in 1996 based on the vision of one person, Nancy Kelly, who was looking for a way for homeopaths to provide humanitarian aid to communities in need. What emerged was an organization of volunteers that offers both treatment and education while serving as partners with those communities. The ultimate goal of HWB is fostering independence in the use of homeopathic medicine.
Initially, HWB formed a relationship with Airline Ambassadors, an international non-profit, non-governmental (NGO) organization. This partnership developed several projects coordinated by experienced homeopathic practitioners. Among those projects: Heather Knox worked in Jamaica with orphanage children suffering from emotional and developmental problems; Sushila Lalsingh led a team that established a health center in Jumpas, Haiti; Dick Moskowitz, John Millar and Kim Sikorski started a teaching project for health practitioners in Cuba at the invitation of the Ministry of Health. Despite the success of the Cuban initiative, the project was terminated because of diplomatic policies.
For several years, HWB played a significant role in providing financial support to homeopaths working to spread knowledge of homeopathy in Central America and Caribbean island nations. Help was extended to Karl Robinson who established the Homeopathic School of the Americas focusing on training practitioners in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Kim Sikorski, a board member of HWB, shared her knowledge of homeopathy for children at a convention in Antigua, Guatemala, and board member Joe Lillard of Washington Homeopathic brought his pharmaceutical skills to a clinic in the Dominican Republic. Additionally, when the tsunami overwhelmed the population of Sri Lanka in 2004, HWB reached across the Pacific to help disaster relief efforts.
More recently, HWB has focused on forming volunteer teams to carry out its own projects. These included a weeklong education seminar for health professionals in Trinidad. Most significantly, HWB sent emergency teams to Haiti after the disastrous earthquake of January, 2010.
Following on this experience in Haiti and recognizing the medical needs in that impoverished country, HWB established a clinical relationship with St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince and presented introductory seminars for nursing students at the University of Notre Dame in Port-au-Prince.
HWB is exploring other venues for its efforts in Haiti and as well as other locations, and preparing for future emergency situations. An expanding file of volunteers, the generosity of the homeopathic community and an affiliation with the American Medical College of Homeopathy are creating a growing organization.
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