Oaxaca Acu Project
In February 2011, Jeya brought 12 acupuncturists to Oaxaca Mexico to study with indigenous healers and offer free community style acupuncture clinics in the city of Oaxaca and in 4 rural villages. They only used points in the ears. This work introduced local communities to a simple, inexpensive, effective healthcare technique.
Oaxaca is economically the second poorest state in Mexico, with over 76% of its population living in extreme poverty. This population, which includes 16 indigenous groups, lacks basic necessities and has inadequate access to health care.
In response to requests from health care providers in those communities, Jeya created an educational program in February 2012. 10 promotores, healthcare providers from mountain and coastal pueblos were trained how to implement community style auricular acupuncture clinics. Jeya then went to the pueblos to give follow-up support.
In December 2016, Oaxaca AcuProject joined with PAP – Proyecto Acupuntura del Pueblo created by GAP Global Acupuncture Project. Jeya participated in a week long training supporting 12 practitioners who have opened their community style acupuncture clinic in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca in January 2017. They offer affordable, full body acupuncture health care to their community.
Jeya returns to Oaxaca annually to continue to support those who have been trained and to teach them and others acupressure techniques which they can practice and then teach in their communities. We invite your participation in this continuing effort by making a tax-deductible gift to cover the cost of the supplies, Spanish language materials, and other expenses. Jeya’s time and expenses are volunteer as part of her “pro-bono” servicework.
The video shows 5 people who benefitted from the Oaxaca AcuProject 2012: