A rich, emotional, relational and professional experience.
This opportunity allowed me to point out the advantage we have of living in a country sometimes overprotected in terms of health. Cambodians live with their ills and it is through missions like these that we allow them to be able to take care of their health at least once. The looks, the smiles were throughout the stay the ultimate reward of our interventions.
The relationship also with our interpreters very involved in the success of the mission, the perfect osmosis of compound pairs.
Professional, because the cause for which we intervened, forced us at times to surpass ourselves to obtain the most convincing results.
Eric T.
There are days in a life that seem to us to go out of another dimension, where we have the impression of living a childhood dream.

These days, I lived them in Cambodia, on a humanitarian mission with the NGO Les Mains du Coeur pour le Cambodge. I lived three unforgettable weeks, rich in sharing, kindness and humor with the whole team and rich in meeting with the Cambodian people.

During our sessions, I encountered a world that I did not know and that I could not even grasp in my French life. I was fortunate to have the trust of women and men who live in great precariousness. Many came for hip, shoulder, hand and foot pain due to their work in rice fields, fields, pagodas. Some have told us of their suffering, their sleep disturbed by lack of money, the death of a child, the placement of children in orphanages for lack of means to provide for their basic needs. Despite the language barrier, we could understand, in their intonation of voice, their gaze that landed on us, that at that time, we were not just going to work on physical pain.
And I found that all the empathy that I thought I had for this Cambodian people before my arrival was useless to me, because I could not apprehend and understand their suffering, simply because it is an environment that I do not know not.
So I tried to let go of my intentions and let go of what my hands already knew. My fears eased over the sessions and I opened my eyes to everything we could give to our patients and everything we received in return. Each session ended with smiles, hands clasped in thanks.

There were moments of incredible emotional intensity on the treatment table, like this elderly woman who lived in a pagoda and came for hip pain. At the end of the session, she offered us an overwhelming moment when she began to recite a prayer for us, still lying on the table, these hands are close to each other, her voice is became incredibly gentle and she began to recite words that I did not understand. Later, our friend interpreter confirmed to us what we had felt.

There was also this 18 year old girl who had just given birth two months ago. His mom was walking 100 steps with us and watching us work. At the end of the second day, she asked us to take her daughter in session for low back pain, telling us that she had a terrible fear of needles. The progress of this relationship with this young girl touched me a lot, so we did a first session in Tuina, then confidence was established, she found us a few days later for a new session with needles and we finished to see her two-month-old boy who suffered from an umbilical hernia (we directed this child to a hospital adapted to his pathology).

It was my daily life in Cambodia. I realized my dream, I learned a very different form of humility from what I imagined, I met a people of extreme kindness and great generosity. By giving what I had in my hands, I received in return unforgettable looks and gestures.
I grew up thanks to this adventure of life and I wish to all those who dream of making humanitarian work to live an experience as enriching as the one I lived.

During these three weeks, I understood why I chose TCM, why I was in Cambodia and that going there was not an egoic need to go and save the Cambodian people, it is simply obvious '' go to relieve their ailments and help them, through transmission, to become more and more autonomous in their own management of care.
Véronique C