We are headed over to Armenia once again March 30th - 5th April 2015. We are looking at another trip September 2016.
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Name: Therese Perdedjian Bsb 06 2692 Accnt : 1754 6954
Chiropractic in Armenia
What I thought was going to be a holiday with my mum turned into a life changing experience.
Last year, after many years of trying, my mother convinced me to go on a holiday to Armenia, my ancestral home, with her. I can be a bit of a workaholic and not know how to 'holiday', the thought of spending two full weeks without anything to do was a little overwhelming. I originally wasn’t too enthusiastic about going but then began to have some ideas about providing chiropractic care while I was over there. I promised mum that I would join her and we had set our 'holiday'.
A month later while I was in U.S.A doing some continuing education I was chatting with one of my chiropractic heroes and mentors Katina Manning about my plans and before I knew what I was saying I said to her “you should come with me”. She responded with an uncommitted and very American “Aha..ok”. So I thought nothing of it until a few weeks later I received an email from another amazing chiropractic teacher Eric Rubin from San Fransisco asking about some details of this trip that we were all taking to Armenia. Then it hit me, OMG, I am going to Armenia with two of the best chiropractors in the world (GURU's) I have ever met, I better organise something for these people to do while we are over there.
I emailed orphanages that housed children with developmental delays to see if they would be interested for the children to receive Chiropractic care. I received a response from a gentleman who requested us to visit some remote communities as well. I accepted.
As Katina and Eric are both chiropractic teachers they decided to put a seminar on in Spain before heading to Armenia, I decided to go with them to attend there seminar. My mum detoured to Paris whilst I was in Spain. When I got off the plane in Spain, I was greeted by Anna, a chiropractic student studying in Barcelona. Within a minute of talking with her I had invited her to come to Armenia with us in four days! She said she would keep an open mind about it. After the looking at the price for her flight to drop from 1200 to 500 euros over those four days and getting some unexpected money, she came with us too. We were now 3 practitioners, an intern and my mum.
Brief background of Armenia
Armenia is small land locked country of 3.2 million people. It is surrounded by Georgia, Iran, Azerbaijian and Turkey. Its unemployment rate is 21% and an average monthly wage of about $480. The history of its last 100 years is a very sad and turbulent. This April (2015) the 26th will mark 100 years since the Armenian genocide where 1.5 million Armenians were killed. There has been many conflicts and 4 wars from 1918 to 1920. It was under soviet rule from 1921 to 1991, and since then there has been some conflict with Turkey and Azerbaijian. The trip made me realise that Australia really has been a lucky country.
After getting off the plane at 3am in Yerevan we were picked up by Edgar, our trusty driver and tetras master – the way Edgar packed his medium size car with a number bags and portable chiropractic tables was impressive. We drove an 11 hour windy and hilly road toNagorno-Karabakh Republic, a de facto independent republic region, a buffer zone between Armenia and Azerbajian that is populated by ethnic Armenians. This region has had a lot of civil unrest with Azerbejian. The last cease fire was observed in 1994. You could feel the unease of the people, you could feel and see the war they experienced. We first visited an orphanage and adjusted some of the children there. The stories that you hear are sometimes unsettling. After, we headed to deliver a talk to youth about leadership. The youth are highly educated and have a hard task finding work because of the high unemployment rate. They are well equipped with multiple languages and university graduates, thus are unemployed. Seeing the lack of hope on their faces was heart breaking. It really brings home the possibilities we are gifted with in Australia. After our talk, the attendees wanted to receive an adjusted. We told them to head over to our hotel at 8pm where our portable tables were. We thought maybe one or 2 would show up, thus, the whole community showed up in droves. We had to pull the plug at 12.30am. The following day we went back to Yerevan and visited more orphanages and adjusted more kids. We knew in our hearts that we needed toplan another trip in 2015.
This year we went back again, this time we had the Armenian Relief Development Association contact us to provide chiropractic care in two hospitals an orphanage and church. We started in St Gregoy’s Lusavorich hospital in Yerevan then we headed to Ararat hospital, in three days we adjusted more than 200 people. This is a big feat specially when you have interpreters and multiple practitioners surrounding you wanting to observe and learn. On the fourth day we were excited to visit Marie Izmirlian orphanage once again, to work with Armen the head therapist. Thisorphanage houses 98 children that all with severe developmental delays.
The experience of these trips has been amazing it has changed my perspective in so many ways. I understood what it meant to serve someone. I felt it in my physiology what it meant to do something for someone with a complete open heart. I had a small taste of what it meant to have my heart completely open when connecting with someone whilst adjusting.
The trip was heart opening. We are planning to go back in 2016 with more practitioners.