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I have always watched the news and been in total admiration of those who volunteer and go to support the less fortunate in other countries.  I have just been returned having  been proud to have joined Ania jeffries special team. With only 4 weeks to prepare  I looked to raise  £3,000 to be part  of a Volunteer Collaborative "Give Back" Challenge and Expedition to Malawi from 13th - 20th October 2018 with  13 other brilliant female entrepreneurs.

As part of the expedition  two days was spent in the village.  Working with a youth group we then stayed overnight with a local family on a home stay.  This was indeed a wonderful opportunity for us to immerse ourselves within African culture. We experienced first hand the day-to-day life of a Malawian family.  Something that will for sure remain as an incredible memory and will always be a source of real reflection.
32833490_1540219360250031_r.jpegThere was a physical challenge;  a hike up Mount Mulanje, where we climbed over 1000m walking for 5 hours. 
32833490_1540218909509823_r.jpegAfter reaching the summit we spent the night in a hut and  the next morning traversed the mountain, savouring each breath taking view before descending and transferring to Zomba Town.

Our mental willpower and physical strength was indeed tested. Mine for sure, given the circumstances I found myself in.  as was all in their own way.  Whilst we may have encountered challenges in our business world or within our personal lives, this will most definitely have me my motivator for the future.

The sharing, listening and collaborating with the other women was just amazing.   As a yoga teacher of over 20 years my work in the UK also includes teaching people how they can heal themselves from stress, anxiety and trauma and build resilience.  Ironically I learned this practice in SA, I feel proud and excited having evolved it to a higher level I was able to take it back to Malawi.  As a result I have 9 new recruits to train and share.  

Also as part of the group we shared our business experiences and looked at solutions, as we learned about the need for bras and sanitary products.  More important contributing to the cost of reusable sanitary products for young girls manufactured in their country.  

I  cannot begin to tell you how excited and thrilled I was to be there.  This expedition was a profound opportunity for me to step up even more.  I look forward to sharing my  work that we do at TRE UK ®  with those joining me to encourage and inspire the women and the younger generation to learn something special about healing themselves and building resilience. There are understandably, many who suffer from trauma and have mental health problems.  It will become for them a life long support practice.   It will empower them to see the positive in themselves.   I learned from their wisdom  as to how they deal with their challenges so I can bring into my work  with the Total Release Experience®.   It was great to share with the  women of Malawi some of my skills I have learned over the years that have enabled so many in the UK to end their suffering and change their lives.  It was so very humbling to learn from them too.

If you are still thinking of contributing it is not too late and is so very much appreciated. 

Thank you for reading.  

Love and blessings

Caroline
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Well just to say I have not disappeared. Since returning from Malawi much has been going on. Every day I give gratitude that you all supported my cause as it has been so worthwhile. It has all been non-stoop and very aware did not update you all as much as I wanted.

I have some stories on my treuk website. I shall be launching another page as I now have 21 people out there connecting that i am training to share with their communities. YODEP children's centre have worked with over 260 children already and aim to share with 5000 in 232 community centres before June 2019. I am very excited for them as it is making a difference to them and those they work with.

I shall be starting a new fund to raise money so they can have the resources to be professional and start at some point to earn some money to imporve life for them selves and their families. Children in YODEP families live on $1 a day.

I share some pictures with you. Those who know the practice of course will like me find them very humbling. Thank you all again.

Just to say too that only the other day floods have created havoc from heavy rain. One of them I know has lost a cousin and a pregnant woman has lost her life too. Shame that those who have little lose even more.
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Meeting with school students. My two amazing guides who got me up the mountain, after having the stitches. made it to the top !
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I am back safe and sound. What an unforgettable adventure and challenge. So many amazing stories to share. For now I can tell you that we all do not know how lucky we are on every level. Malawi has many challenges. I was so pleased to be able to connect with some great people and achieve what i wanted - to get people to learn the Total Release Experience to be able to share it with as many traumatised women and children as they can.

To that end I connected with 9 people who learned with me and their training will go on. I managed to climb the Mountain - a feat of endurance as I had two stitches in my head that morning and no energy as sick from eating a salad the day before. Sustained for 4.5 hours on one banana and good deep breathing. I have set myself a new bar!

I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your kind and generous support. My work and support to those in Malawi goes on. More on that soon.
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Well with only two sleeps to go time is running away and on Friday with 13 other busy and focused women we leave for Malawi. I am just about organised, still some last minute packing to do.

I met some of the ladies in London when we were all interviewed for wellness TV. I also did an interview for Whitecliffs radio too which was fun.

I do not know what the connections will be in Malawi but I will try and update through my website www.treuk.com and facebook when I am able.

I cannot thank you all enough for your kindness in supporting this mission.
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