Founded by Paul Martin in 2005, RESTORE is now a busy and
rapidly growing practice based in the centre of Shrewsbury.
We provide clinical services to the large and varied local
communities of Shropshire as well as providing specialist
support to a number of world champion athletes, local clubs
and events across the UK.
can hep empower the blind and marginalised to become trained, dignified
offers three options to its blind communities;
2.Teaching if they're lucky! (a 'rote learning', dead-end miserable
job in Nepal)
3.Working as a Sports Massage Therapist at the Seeing Hands Clinic
in Pokhara (and shortly Kathmandu also) for an excellent wage.
every massage treatment provided to weary trekkers 60% of the
fee goes towards paying the students their wage (All students
recieve a wage while training) and the upkeep of the clinic. While
the remaining 40% pays the qualified therapist.
shoulders one of the largest burdens of global blindness with
around 3% of the population either totally or partially blind.
That figure is expected to increase by 20% per annum. In Nepal
blindness has both social and economic ramifications. When a person
goes blind in a rural area, he or she can expect to live for 3
years. In the Himalaya, where there are few paved roads and the
terrain is rugged and mountainous, mobility is extremely difficult.
No social services exist and blind individuals cannot contribute
to family income. Their need for constant care from another family
member reduces the family earning potential still further and
as a result, many feel that they are
a burden to their families and have very little self-confidence.
They are marginalized and neglected and often become objects of
pity within local communities.
people in Nepal need vocational opportunities that economically
empower them & enable them to generate their own income
& lead dignified, independent lives. For this to happen
attitudes must change and the promotion of new professions for
the blind like massage will be essential"
Hands Nepal run a comprahensive Sports Massage course that requires
a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology and a mininmum
of 100 hours clinical practice. Students must also complete a
series of braille and practical examinations before they can qualify
as Seeing Hands Masseurs.
Seeing Hands Clinic is located in the lakeside area of Pokhara,
a popular tourist destination where many Himalayan trekking routes
start and finish. It is their eventual aim for the Seeing Hands
project to evolve into a totally self-sustaining social enterprise,
run by the blind for the blind.
volunteer tutors we are expected to conduct practical massage
workshops and group training/teaching sessions with blind students
at the Seeing Hands Training Centre. There is a great demand for
sports massage in this area due to the proximity of Himalayan
trekking routes that start and finish here. The tutor will be
expected to deliver a minimum of 4 hours of training per day (24hrs
to Nepal is extremely costly and we need your help to get out
there. You will see the DIRECT impact of your donation as it basically
goes straight into the students training, their pockets, or directly
into the upkeep of the clinic. You will be able to follow their
individual progress online as updates are made on our Blog throughout
the duration of our teaching trips. Donations can be made in clinic,
otherwise conact Paul on 07517 431223. Any excess funds will be
donated to the seeing hands project directly. Thank you.
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