20% of every reiki session ordered during the month of April 2018 will be donated to this beautiful cause.

This project works to empower Dalit and Tribal women’s groups to come together to tackle issues of violence against women in India. 70% of Indian women are victims of domestic violence. Reported rapes increased to 33,707 in 2013. Many more cases go unreported and marital rape is not a criminal offence in India. Dalit and Adivasi women are particularly vulnerable to violence due to their low social and economic status.

Violence against women is an enduring problem in India. 70% of women are victims of domestic violence. In 2013, reported rapes rose 35% to 33,707. A great number of rape cases go unreported, and marital rape is not a criminal offence in India. In addition to this, Honour killings, female infanticide, and acid attacks are all significant problems in India today. Dalit (low-caste) and Adivasi (tribal) women are particularly at risk from violence, because of their low economic and social status.

This project helps train and network 12 grassroots organisations working across 5 states to work on these issues. These organisations are already working on various issues with women. This project allows these organisations to come together and run ‘violence against women’ awareness campaigns in their regions. It provides extra resources and training for banners, posters, street plays, workshops, camps, and other activities to empower vulnerable women to stand up to violence.

In the long-term, Karuna’s partner organisations are working to empower women and change attitudes in wider society. We have already seen reduced violence against women in some of the villages and slums we have been working in for more than 2 years. This results not only in reduced violence, but also a general increase in the value of women in society as indicated by increased enrolment of girls in school, women able to leave the house and find work, and some even running for village parliament.

Organization Information

  • Karuna
  • Location: London, England – United Kingdom
  • Project leader: keval shah
  • Website: http:/​/​www.karuna.org/​
  • Resources: http:/​/​www.karuna.org/​

20% of every reiki session ordered during the month of May 2018 will be donated to this beautiful cause.

Very young children in the poorest tribal villages of southern Rajasthan are often left at home alone or with young siblings whilst their parents work. They lack adequate care, safety and nourishing food, resulting in malnutrition and ill-health. Seva Mandir’s day care (balwadi) programme addresses these issues by offering a safe, loving environment, nutritious meals and supplements for children from birth to 5 years old, for six hours a day, six days a week.

Difficult and dangerous hilly terrain and long distances from government run daycare centres mean that many small children are left at home or accompany their mothers to the fields whilst they work. Where there are government daycare, they are often poorly run and do not cover hours or ages for pre-school care. Without adequate food and stimulating surroundings many of these children fall sick, are anemic, under nourished and are unlikely to go to school at all in the future.

The daycare centres are set up in some of the remotest areas of southern Rajasthan. They are open for six hours a day, six days a week, enabling mothers to leave their children in a safe, loving and stimulating environment. Local women are trained to work with children from birth up to 5 years old and register births, monitor malnutrition and health. Children are served one meal a day with additional nutritious supplements and they get essential health care via immunisation camps.

The young children receive nourishing food and supplements, health monitoring, activity-based learning and simple hygiene and sanitation practices. Mothers are happy to leave their children in safety whilst they work and are counselled on diet and health, which results in less malnutrition and illness. The children become more socially aware and more likely to join mainstream education. There are currently 186 daycare centres (balwadis) covering 4,500 children in remote rural areas.

Organization Information

  • Seva Mandir
  • Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan – India
  • Project leader: Priyanka Singh
  • Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
  • Resources: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org

Reiki is an energy healing method that works on the physical body, the mental body and the emotional body, bringing great relief. It was discovered in Japan in the early 1900s and it has become popular throughout the world. It is a way of guiding the life force or higher power through the practitioner’s body into the patient’s body in order to bring about healing. The Reiki practitioner holds her hands near to the body of the patient and commands healing energy to flow from the practitioner into the patient. The energy flow brings physical and mental relief. Reiki works by either increasing the amount of energy in the body or by removing energy blockages. Here are some of the benefits of Reiki.

Reiki Eases Pain

Because it is effective in relieving pain, it is used in many hospitals to relieve pain for post-surgical patients. A number of hospitals in the USA use Reiki volunteers for this purpose and many hospital offer Reiki as part of its integrative medical practice. This effect of Reiki is a plus for cancer patients and those who suffer from arthritis and migraine headaches. It is also useful for people who are brought to hospital in acute pain before the drugs are administered or before the drugs take effect. After Reiki the pain relief will last for a few days and with regular appointments pain may go away indefinitely.

Calms the Mind and Reduces Stress

Reiki is a recognized method of treating stress and its associated problems. After a Reiki session patients report decreased anxiety levels and use words like “gentle”,” soothing”, “peaceful” and “quiet” to describe the healing session. After the session there are physiological changes in the body such as a decrease in blood pressure and changes in skin temperature, which indicate reduced stress and increased relaxation. Reducing stress prevents heart problems and stomach problems, and reduces mood disorders.

Improves Sleep

People who find it difficult to sleep or to stay asleep or generally have poor quality of sleep can find relief in Reiki. A number or research studies have found it to improve sleep patterns and to decrease episodes of insomnia. Better sleep promotes healing and reduces the risk of many diseases.

Heals Inflammation and Infection

Reiki has been found to reduce infection and inflammation in the body. This could be due to its ability to increase the white blood cells. In a study by the Helfgott Research Institute at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, Oregon, an increase in white blood cells was found in the group of people who received Reiki compared to the control group. This indicates that Reiki has potential to improve the immune system. Further studies are required to find out the extent of this effect of health.

Increases Intuition and Creativity

People who are involved in creative arts and problem solving usually benefit from practicing Reiki on themselves to bring clarity and focus. If they can’t do it themselves they can visit a practitioner. Practitioners use the same intuition to scan the body of the patient to find out where they should send more energy.

Helps People through the Grieving Process

Because Reiki involves the physical body, the emotional body and the mental body, it is good for those who are grieving. Sometimes a grieving person can get stuck at a certain level of pain and guilt and cannot move on. Reiki can release the trapped emotions related to grieving, allowing the emotions to flow and the person to move on.

Improves Clarity of Thinking and Feeling

Reiki is good for cleansing the feelings and the thoughts. After a few sessions you become clearer in your emotions and your thinking and you can feel more deeply. This improves relationships with the self and with others as you are better able to express your thoughts and how you feel.

Works Well with Other Healing Methods

Unlike drugs which can interfere with the efficacy of other drugs, Reiki does not interfere with any medicines or other treatment methods. It can be safely practiced on a person who is going through any form of treatment. That is why it is popular in hospitals where it is used alongside allopathic medicines without a problem. Instead of interfering it actually accelerates healing.

Improves Mental Health

Reiki is known for improving the mood which can lift a person from anxiety and depression. In fact many people use it as treatment for depression and anxiety, alone or together with allopathic medicine. The more sessions a person has, the better the mood and the less the anxiety and depression. For people who do not like taking drugs for depression and other emotional problems, Reiki can prove to be a useful alternative.

If you have problems focusing on a task, Reiki can provide a sense of control and make you feel grounded and connected to the present moment. As a result you tend to accept events as they happen and work to improve your situation instead of reacting in a negative manner. This makes you a pleasant person to work with under pressure.

Improves Movement of the Joints

Reiki is as effective as physiotherapy in improving the range of motion of a joint. No one knows yet how that works but possibly it heals the damaged joint, relaxes the ligaments and reduces pain, making it easier to move the joint. This is particularly useful for those who have been hurt in an accident, suffer from arthritis or have stiff joints due to other reasons.

Benefits Everyone!

Reiki is applicable to all people irrespective of age. For example:
Pregnant women benefit through the relief of morning sickness and low back pain.
Babies benefit through relief of colic and relief of inflamed gums when they are cutting teeth.
Children become calmer and can focus better at school when they are treated with Reiki.
The elderly benefit from clearer brains and from strengthened psyche.
People going through the long and painful process of dying can benefit from the pain relief and calm that Reiki provides.
The bereaved can benefit greatly from Reiki which will make them feel loved and supported.
Those who are seeking spiritual growth find that Reiki is a bridge that connects them to their own inner guidance. It can open the door to seeing the world from a more spiritual perspective.
Pets and farm animals can find relief while waiting for the vet’s appointment.
Places also benefit from Reiki. You can heal a particular neighborhood that has a lot of crime or other problems. In fact you can send healing to any place on earth that needs healing, for example places that are at war.

One great thing about Reiki is that it is not aligned to any religion. It is completely neutral. It is energy healing, involving the channeling of life energy which exists around us and directing it to a particular person or a particular body part of the person. Reiki does not require the practitioner to change to any religion or to be religious. Anyone who is religious, or follows a spiritual path or does neither can practice Reiki and can receive healing through Reiki.

Distant Healing

We are all energy and we are all swimming in energy. That energy connects everything and everyone on earth. Therefore when someone needs healing and they are hundreds or thousands of miles away you can send them healing. You can request healing from any Reiki practitioner who is based anywhere on earth and you or your loved one will receive that healing. How? Second degree Reiki practitioners receive three healing symbols one of which is for distant healing. The Reiki practitioner invokes this symbol when sending healing energy across time and space. And it always works. In this day and age when family members scatter across the world because of work or climate, it is useful to know how to heal at a distance or who to call for help. You never know when the need will arise.

Indeed Reiki is an amazing healing modality that heals pets, places and people. It relieves people and pets of physical, emotional and mental problems. The next time you feel stressed or you feel ill, or you are anxious about a coming presentation or you just do not have any energy, ask for Reiki healing. In fact the best thing you can do right now is to search online for a healing practitioner who practices distant healing. Make contact with the practitioner and ask questions so that you know the best times to work with that practitioner. The next time you or your loved one is sick you can request your practitioner for distance healing. You will enjoy the session and you will come out feeling more relaxed than you were before you went into the session. You will wonder why you waited so long to try Reiki.

Authored by Sipiwe Mashingaidze

Sipiwe Mashingaidze is the author of a number of books on holistic health and spirituality. She became interested in holistic health when she developed recurring health problems in her 30s and 40s that doctors could not eliminate. She only managed to eliminate her symptoms completely in 2008 when she did her own research and changed her diet. That is when she decided to write her first book. You can link with her on Facebook or visit her website here. If you would like to write an article for our blog, please read our guest posting guidelines.

20% of every reiki session ordered during the month of March 2018 will be donated to this beautiful cause.

Police cells in Sierra Leone are poorly equipped and often almost uninhabitable. Correctional Centres are slightly better, but women can be imprisoned for years on end with poor access to sanitary items and appropriate medication, and many do not receive visits from family members at all. AdvocAid seeks to allow women to preserve their dignity and obtain new skills while in detention by providing education, counselling and welfare support.

In 2014, one third of Sierra Leone’s female inmates had never been to school, and 83% earned less than $1 a day. This mix of poverty and illiteracy is a key reason women commit crimes, yet there are few rehabilitation programmes for inmates. Sierra Leone’s detention facilities are often dark, cramped and unsanitary and the correctional centres lack necessities like medicine, toiletries and nutritious food. They also don’t have budgets for supporting children imprisoned with their mothers.

AdvocAid and their partner, EducAid, will run literacy and numeracy classes for female inmates. If they raise enough funds, they will also provide skills training to increase their chances of finding employment upon release. We monitor the conditions in detention facilities, and our social worker provides welfare packages with sanitary items, medicine and clothing as well as counselling services and family tracing to reduce the negative impact of incarceration on women and their children.

AdvocAid believes that women should be able to grow and prosper during their time in prison, so they can be more active and productive citizens once released. Denying women this opportunity increases the risk of them being ostracised from their community and further impoverished when they leave prison. Their detainee support programme helps inmates to stay motivated and become more confident while equipping them with vital life skills, which offer them a chance of a brighter future.

Organization Information

  • AdvocAid
  • Location: Freetown, Western Region – Sierra Leone
  • Project leader: Simitie Lavaly
  • Website: http:/​/​www.advocaidsl.com
  • Resources: http:/​/​www.advocaidsl.com

20% of every reiki session ordered during the month of September 2017 will be donated to this beautiful cause.

Last September, a devastating 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, Mexico. Approximately 2.3 million people were affected and the number of deaths increased to 90. In addition, the tropical storms and hurricanes that have impacted this area have complicate the situation. Thousands of people have lost their homes and are living with no roof in raining, with high health risk.

Immediate relief efforts are needed to ensure survivors and first responders receive critical resources, including housing, medical aid, water, and emotional support. Once the immediate needs are addressed, these communities will need ongoing resources in order to re-establish their livelihoods, support communities, and jobs.

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