mental health - traditional medicine


The incredible strenght of mentally ill people and their disconcerting fragility have made it possible for GRT to be involved in mental health projects to support these people and their families in South America and in the Horn of Africa, particularly in Somalia. 

With regard to traditional medicine instead, GRT aims at finding effective methods of support for a way of thinking and a therapeutic practice which are different from the Western one. 



According to the Maya way of thinking, which can still be found when talking about traditional medicine in Guatemala, human diseases can be distinguished in "natural", "supernatural", diseases caused by "Gods of the Earth" or diseases from the "lower world". The "curandero" is the person who takes care of these diseases and generally a person become a "curandero" after he had a particular dream and the more he dreams the more he become wise. 

In such a context, in 1988, GRT started to work in Guatemala, initially by carring out a research on traditional medicine funded by the European Union and implemented in a Maya K'Iche' community in Totonicapan and afterwards through the implementation of different projects concerning traditional medicine and ethnic minorities. 

The organisation has achieved important results also in the health sector and in the education one as well as in the local production through microcredit loans.