In October of 2009, my friend Elizabeth Ramirez, traveled to Ghana for a five week program living in a community called Aflao and working at the Ketu District Hospital. I am sharing a little of her story because her beauty and enthusiasm has inspired me and hopefully will inspire you!
Elizabeth is a student in the Consciousness and Transformative studies Masters Program at JFK University. She is an artist and a healer and went to Ghana to make a difference working with men and women who have AIDS and who have little attention from the world outside Aflao.
She met many wonderful people and introduced EFT to the clinic. EFT is a form of healing that is “an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body's subtle energies, your emotions, and your health.” She shared in an email from Ghana:
"Today I had the opportunity to meet 78 patients and asked 30 to come on Monday. I am really excited about this! I have not taken a picture of the ward when it is full because here in Ghana people walk around with shame when they have this disease. They call it the 'death disease'. We have been tapping on the shame and guilt amongst other emotions. I am also really happy that the people are really excited about it. Yesterdays group had already learned EFT and when they came back they all told me that they had been practicing it every day:) How amazing is that!! I love it when people want to help themselves!! "
Elizabeth was also able to bring and give away Traveling Postcards on her trip. She shared with me her experience:
“I do not recall this wonderful woman’s name but I would call her-- Kakali which means Shinning Black Star in Ewe. The language spoken in the town of Aflao located in the Volta Region. She represents the majority of women I met on my journey. Resolute, courageous and constant as they tend to be the breadwinners, if not single mothers striving to sustain their household and nurture their children. Kakali who was diagnosed with Aids in 2007 joined my EFT group in search for answers as to how she could help her grand-daughter further her education. At the end of the session I asked her what she thought about her disease. She looked at me with a smile and said, " I have no pain, I eat well and feel great. I never worry about this disease because I know God is with me."
Traveling Post Cards gave me the opportunity to give a colorful creative and expressive piece of art that conveyed other women's stories of love and hardship. I will never forget the look of joy and the many words of gratitude I received when these cards were given and translated to the courageous and resilient women of Ghana.”
If you would like to share your stories with me, I would be glad to post them on my blog.
Please know that the work you are doing is important and is making a difference. Sometimes we are so busy that we take for granted that everyone else knows what we are doing! Traveling Postcards would like to know what inspires you!
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