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Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche Acupuncture Relief Project has agreed to partner with Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen health care project for this year's clinic. Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization established to alleviate poverty and address social challenges, principally in Nepal. Founded in 2004 by Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche and Phakchok Rinpoche, Shenpen focuses on helping the poor and disadvantaged gain access to health care facilities, education, shelter and employment opportunities and to improve the care and treatment of animals. In their many health care projects, Shenpen takes a holistic approach combining the best methods from the west and the east, including Tibetan medicine, ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture.

Acupuncture Relief Project volunteers will be living at the Vajra Varahi Gompa and working in the newly constructed Vajra Varahi Clinic in Chapaguan (just outside of Kathmandu). This new facility will allow us to treat at least of 120 patients a day. In preparation of our arrival, the Shenpen staff is busy training medical interpreters to assist us.

Our clinic is slated to open on November 10, 2008. We are looking forward to our work with our gracious hosts in providing effective acupuncture treatment for the Chapaguan community.

For more information on Rangjung Yeshe Shenpen: http://www.shenpennepal.org

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