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AWB's mission is to provide immediate relief and recovery acupuncture services to global communities that are in crisis from disaster or human conflict. AWB also seeks to provide training and services to global communities that promote and sustain local self-directed, self-sufficient, proactive and long-term recovery, rebuilding and trauma resolution.
AWB was established after the devastating hurricanes of 2005 to help those in Louisiana suffering from stress and trauma. At this time, the work of AWB in New Orleans has come to a close. During our time in Louisiana AWB volunteers treated everyone from relief workers to survivors of the storms to emergency responders, and more. We treated in the Black, White, Vietnamese, and Latino communities and worked with grassroots organizations, churches, free medical clinics, shelters, civil servants, government organizations and the military. We brought over 80 acupuncturists to New Orleans to do this work, and many said that it changed their lives; many came back and opened up various types of community-oriented treatment centers in their own communities.AWB is now engaged in a project to treat veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families with free community acupuncture. Guided by our experience gained in New Orleans and the pilot veterans clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico which started in October of 2006, this project is developing in cities around the country. Our intention is to help in the recovery process from the enormous impact of war, thereby helping veterans as well as their families, communities, the country, and the world by intervening in the cycle of trauma. New clinic locations are currently being initiated in cities across the United States and AWB is providing regular training and support to the leaders of these unique free clinics.
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