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    Item No.4 Rajasthan, India – 29 March 2012

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    The VIHASA programmes are generally well received in India but the feedback this time was even more enthusiastic than usual, the participants asking for more and regular sessions.

    Jointly organized by  The Global Hospital and Research Centre (GHRC), Mt Abu and the Brahma Kumaris Medical Wing, the modules  Positivity and Values were delivered to a group of 120 students and tutors of the  Sanjeevani College of Nursing in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

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    A VIHASA introduction


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    Informal sharing

    “This is a new experience for me and it helped me to understand myself and to know the spiritual values."

    “I will definitely apply these qualities in my life and always think positive..."

    “We learnt the importance being cheerful in any situation whilst caring for  patients."

    Item No.3 Maharashtra, India - 24 & 25 March 2012

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    Staff, Neel Endoscopic Clinic

    & Students,Vispute Nursing College


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    Pharmacy students, Vispute Pharmacy College

    On the 24 March 2012, trainers from The Global Hospital and Research Centre (GHRC)  ran the Values and Co-operation modules  to a mixed group of 40, students and tutors from The Vispute Nursing College and nursing staff from The Neel Endoscopic Clinic, Panval, Maharashtra.

    The next day the team ran the Values module for another 60 students at the Vispute Pharmacy College.  Some tutors who had attended on  previous day,enjoyed the programme so much that they decided to join in again.

    It was the first time they had experienced putting values into practice  in their day to day routine: “I learnt how to teach in a playful manner and I will do the same with my students so that the studies become easy for them."

    Item No.2 North Wales, 'Hope in Healthcare'

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    At the Facilitator Retreat’ Going Further, Going Deeper’ in November 2011, held at the Global Retreat Centre in Oxford, the facilitators were introduced to the short workshop on ‘Hope in Healthcare’ that invites participants to be more hopeful in self and at work and to develop a more positive attitude.

     John Fleet from the North Wales VIHASA Group has had the opportunity to run this module a couple of times this month. “The big success for me was Emily Dickenson’s poem on hope and I made a copy for everyone and used it to discuss what she meant by hope, and how we could talk about our ideas of hope.”

    The session culminates in a creative group exercise to design the front page of a newspaper with hopeful and good news stories - this generated a variety of hope filled names from Sunshine Gazette, Sunshine News to Good News Daily and Sunny Times.

    One group drew their inspiration from nursery rhymes and headlines ran along the lines of  ‘Jack and Jill have hot and cold running water’  and  ‘Food Found in Old Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard’, whilst a group of teachers with a wicked sense of humour opted for ‘Chickenpox hits naughty children; peace and quiet in school!’ Business headlines included ‘Greed Shocker: bankers refuse bonuses!’ and Fashion news provided ‘Focus on Inner Beauty',


    Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul,
    And sings the tune--without the words,
    And never stops at all,

    And sweetest in the gale is heard;
    And sore must be the storm
    That could abash the little bird
    That kept so many warm.

    I've heard it in the chillest land,
    And on the strangest sea;
    Yet, never, in extremity,
    It asked a crumb of me



      Emiliy Dickinson

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    A good news newspaper

    Item No.1 South Africa, Care Givers for Vulnerable Children

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    Care givers project


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    A care values board

    There continues to be a tremendous appetite for VIHASA in South Africa. Gayl Hansen, an enthusiastic promoter, ran the full VIHASA Programme in 2011, one module a month,  from April to November, for care givers who work with vulnerable children. These include institutionalised children, youth awaiting trial and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

    For these carers,  the needs of the children in their care come first and supersede their own personal needs, even family.  Care work is not regarded as duty; it is carried out with dedication and without much complaint and an almost servile attitude. Given this, the final module 'Valuing Yourself'  came as a wake up call and for the participants who had attended previous sessions, this was a culmination of months of training and growth in their personal and professional lives.

    The response to the training as a whole was extremely positive and welcomed and endorsed by Bea Juries, Programme Director of The Novalis Ubunta Institute.