Healing Hands Network – Sarajevo, 8th to 22nd September 2018

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Healing Hands Network in Sarajevo

October 2019 – update

I went to Sarajevo again in September 2019 and found it an even more worthwhile experience. It was wonderful to see some of the same clients and an improvement in their demeanour. It was heartening to hear that there are a some who have reached level 3 Reiki and some who have had their induction in Massage and Reflexology from two tutors with Healing Hands Network. That’s real progress for a sustainable future – for local therapists to be able to provide therapies for people who continue to bear the scars – mentally and physically – of the conflict.

I will be raising funds to go again in 2020. Firstly through offering Thai Yoga Massage treatments during October and November 2019 for a donation towards this work.

July 2018

I have funded my travel costs and am now seeking to raise funds to support the work of HHN at the clinics in Sarajevo and surrounding cantons and to enable further training for local therapists. This will ensure that the benefits of holistic therapies are sustainable and available in the long term.

I completed my HHN induction in July and was invited by HHN to spend a week at a Family Activity Breaks (FAB) camp at PGL Caythorpe Court delivering treatments to bereaved military families, as preparation for my work in Sarajevo.

Please support me in the worthwhile work provided by HNN by visiting my fundraising page (tba)

I appreciate your support.


Healing Hands Network has been working in Sarajevo since 1996 to help and give hope to the people who lived through the Bosnian conflict and suffered physical and psychological trauma

The siege of Sarajevo, which set neighbour against neighbour, lasted for 1,425 days between 1992 and 1995

500,000 inhabitants were trapped without food, power, communications or healthcare. Thousands of grenades fell – 12,500 citizens (including 1,601 children) were killed; 61,000 (including 14,946 children) were wounded.

In concentration camps, many men, women and girls were brutally raped, some repeatedly

The aftermath continues to affect citizens physically and psychologically

Holistic approaches to healing are accepted unconditionally in Bosnia and Herzegovina so the therapeutic benefits are greatly accentuated.

Many clients say how much better they are feeling; they are sleeping better, their continual aches and pains are relieved, they have an improved quality of life and increased optimism and hope.

For some clients, who might also be caring for someone else who is suffering, it could simply be an hour for them to reflect and have some peace.

Treatments and training

  • 34 therapists gave ± 2,000 treatment sessions in 2017 in Sarajevo, at the HHN clinic and 6 outreach centres
  • HHN trainers have delivered Reiki levels 1 and 2 and 3 Workshops and massage techniques for self help
  • further training in holistic therapies by HHN is planned to empower clients to help themselves, families and friends
  • several local share groups have been set up to combine all techniques that HHN has taught them, including Emotional Freedom Technique and Heart Focused Breathing and gentle exercise.
  • clients in Sarajevo come from associations that operate support groups, such as Concentration Camp Union, Women Victims of War, Mothers of Srebrenica and Civil War Victims. These associations select their most needy members for HHN therapies between May and October each year.
  • each HHN therapist does a two-week tour of duty