This is my first time to join CMA to serve the people in need. The 7-day trip to Burma is an exciting trip for me and it is totally different from the life in Hong Kong. It is my first time to go abroad to practice Chinese medicine, my feelings is so complicated with excitement.
During these 7 days, the first and the last day spent on transportation. The other time left, we did the consultation, teaching, visiting the Mae Toa Clinic and a primary school. We took the first day to go to Bangkok and arrived at a small village in Burma the next day. People there were nice and friendly. We knew that medical facilities were inadequate. This makes us, CMA, became more meaningful here. I enjoyed every session of voluntary consultation and was deeply impressed by the students there.
People in Burma are poor, but their life is simple. When the sun rises, they get up and work. When the dawn comes, they back home and rest. And there is no electricity after 10:30 p.m. That make me feel I back to the natural world.
I have read a book called “A new Barefoot Doctor’s Manual” before the trip, I did not really understand why doctors need to be Barefoot at first, after this trip I understood and experienced. The road in the village is full of mud, so people need to take off their shoes before entering into a house, during our consultations and teaching, we were inside a house or in a Temple, most of the time we were barefoot.
As there is no hospital nearby, so we came across patients with different diseases, mostly low back pain, but some were in acute conditions. We practiced Chinese medicine to them and made them better, that made us joy with excitement. Besides, we also taught some students Chinese medicine from 5 villages around. They were really hardworking, they did revision after the lessons which gave us a huge passion to teach them more although the time was short.
During a sharing at night, I asked some teenagers about their dream. One wanted to be a composer, another one wanted to be a teacher, and I was impressed by last one. He wanted peace. It was really touching to me. They all experienced wars at the border of Burma. There was no proper school, no hospital due to wars! Peace is so important for them. People stopped fighting this year which made the place be able to develop. We are so lucky to live in Hong Kong such a place without wars! That made me treasure every moment I have. When I left I really wish may peace be with them forever.