LIVE TO LIGHT EYE CAMPS

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LIVE TO HEAL

Live to Love provides people-centric health services. We believe that the best preventative care is to ensure the well being of the community at large. With the help of the World Health Organization, hospitals and health professionals around the world, Live to Love has several health clinics where locals, especially women, are trained to execute services in basic health and help initiate community outreach. This has proved to be especially effective.

Eye Camps in Kathmandu and Ladakh

Live to Love International teams up with the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal, co-founded by Dr. Sanduk Ruit, to organise eye camps for cataract treatment in Kathmandu and Ladakh.

To date, Live to Love has successfully supported more than 1,000 cataract operations. With your generous help we believe that more than 500 cataract operations can take place during the forthcoming Eye Camps in Kathmandu and Ladakh.

Key facts about visual impairment and blindness (source: World Health Organisation.)

  • About 314 million people are visually impaired worldwide, 45 million of them are blind
  • Most people with visual impairment are older, and females are more at risk
  • About 87% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries
  • The number of people blinded by infectious diseases has been greatly reduced, but age-related impairment is increasing
  • Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness globally, except in the most developed countries
  • Correction of refractive errors could give normal vision to more than 12 million children (ages five to fifteen)
  • About 85% of all visual impairment is avoidable globally

In addition to Eye Camps, Live to Love also supports other health projects:

Medical camps

In regions where medical care is not readily available, Live to Love provides temporary “camps” of doctors to provide basic needs to the local population. Medical services include eye surgery, dental care, dermatology and general care.

Dental camps

Live to Love works with dentists around the world to provide much needed dental care and education to the Himalayan population.

Traditional medicine

Live to Love integrates traditional Amchi medical practice with modern medicine to provide integrated services to its Himalayan clientele. Amchi medical practice is a tradition indigenous to the Himalayas and Central Asia. It plays a crucial role in the emphasis of hygiene, clean water, good diet and healthy lifestyle practices. In particular, in regions such as Ladakh, the Amchi is a well-respected position in society that advocates for the well-being of the community.

Druk White Lotus clinic

The Druk White Lotus Clinic is located in Swayambhu, Kathmandu and serves the community at large and houses many of Live to Love’s medical initiatives. The clinic provides services in allopathic medicine, burn treatment, dental care, ophthalmology, traditional medicine and houses a pharmacy. It is also the location for many training programs and houses families of patients during times of care.

Act Now

Be a part of the action: the estimated cost of each eye surgery, including food, housing and care for the recovery period as well as education to the public is £175. With around 150 patients in critical need, our goal is to raise sufficient funds to financially support surgery for all of them. Every single eye surgery will save a life from darkness, and greatly benefit members of the patient’s family and community.

Together, we can make this happen and be someone’s light! You can make an online donation here, or send a cheque (payable to Live to Love UK) to Live to Love UK, 114 Harvist Road, London NW6 6HJ, or contact us for bank details.

We thank you in advance for your kind support

LIVE TO RESCUE - ANIMAL SANCTUARY

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Animal Welfare

Stray dogs pose a public safety and health risk, but is that a reason to kill them?

In many parts of India, mass killing of stray dogs is still taking place regardless of opposition and condemnation from animal activists. The World Health Organisation says that mass killing alone has never had a significant or lasting effect on the number of dogs in an area or on the spread of rabies. In fact, there are other more humane and effective ways, such as sterilization, to control the population of stray dogs.

Live to Love International, together with the Young Drukpa Association, as part of their rescue effort in Ladakh, will undertake the following:-

  • Build an animal sanctuary with well-equipped facilities
  • Promote and carry out sterilization and vaccination
  • Educate the public on the holistic approach to dog population management

 

Sponsor the Live to Rescue Project

The Live to Rescue Animal Sanctuary project is an enormous undertaking, involving land acquisition, construction of special purpose buildings and financing the day to day running costs. The sanctuary will be built on a 40 acre site at Nang in Ladakh and the construction cost is estimated at £47,500, with an annual running cost of £23,750 thereafter. To ensure the success of this project, we need donations to cover both the construction costs as well as the daily operating expenses. At this initial stage, we will focus on fund-raising for the animal sanctuary building fund.

Act Now to Stop the Killing

Being a stray does not in any way make a dog’s life less valuable – dogs are humans’ most devoted companions. But constantly living in poor conditions, malnourished and fighting for survival makes their lives miserable and dangerous; it is much better to rescue them and give them a home. For a £120 contribution, you could help build a shelter for one dog and save it from desperately wandering on the streets - but any amount however large or small is gratefully received. Please join in Live to Love's effort on this rescue mission.

MINDFULNESS IN SCHOOLS AND PRISONS

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What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn Zinn (creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School).

It involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance. Rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen, it trains us to respond skilfully to whatever is happening right now...

What’s the point of Mindfulness?

In adults, mindfulness training has been proven time and again to improve health and well-being. It also helps people of all ages to learn more effectively, think more clearly, perform better and to feel calmer, less anxious and less depressed. Mindfulness is now recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence , and GPs are referring adults to 8 week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses that reduce strain and help prevent recurrent depression. It is increasingly being used in business to improve staff satisfaction, in sports training to improve performance, and with children and young people in schools to enhance well-being and learning. Lessons in mindfulness may be appreciated simply as a way to help people relax and be calm. However, for many the benefits can extend well beyond this, helping them manage anger, improve concentration, cope with exam stress, get to sleep, deal with difficult relationships, improve their performance in sports, or simply handle the increasingly stressful pace and pressure of modern day life.

Our Intention

Live to Love has been working with experts in the field of mindfulness to enable selected individuals to qualify as trainers and support our aim of taking mindfulness into schools, colleges and prisons; we now have several people qualified to deliver both the Mindfulness in Schools (MiSP) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programmes. Two of our trainers, one who teaches Mindfulness in state education and the other in the prison sector, are seeing tangible results. Among the various recipients women at HM Holloway Prison have been particularly appreciative of the course and its benefits. However, lack of funding within the state system is preventing more of these programmes reaching target beneficiaries so we are now seeking funds to help rectify this issue.

Why Mindfulness in Prisons?

The benefits of mindfulness training for offenders have been evidenced in research such as a fall in hostility and stress, full awareness of one’s physical sensations, thoughts and emotions, learning to respond to situations rather than react, and developing a sense of ‘allowing’ - of being ‘non-judgemental’.

The mindfulness classes commenced in October 2014 at HMPS Holloway for female offenders. We started by offering the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s technique. We ran two 8-week mindfulness courses between October 2014 and April 2015. To add more flexibility to the course and enable the participants to join any time we have recently tailored the programme to ‘general mindfulness’ weekly sessions.

Thanks to the help from the prison staff, the participants doing the MBSR course have been able to borrow CDs, CD players and books on mindfulness to practise between sessions. They have responded extremely well and have welcomed the opportunity to learn about, and practise mindfulness, meditate and be in the present moment (some of them are serving life sentences). When asked what was most meaningful for them and what they had learnt from the course, some of the comments were:

  • To control my emotions better, to understand the benefits of meditation, to understand myself more and deal with my thoughts better.
  • I have learnt to be more mindful and in a non-judgmental way.
  • Experience the moment and accept without judgement.

Last summer, to raise money for the Nepal project we also delivered the 8-week MBSR course to teaching staff at HMPS Pentonville. The teachers attending the course feel that the course has helped them become more attuned to their internal processes and the way they react to situations, the connection between thoughts, body sensations and moods.

If you would like more information on this please be in touch via our contact page.