SHE has given a lifeline to many people dealing with the unimaginable horrors of war.
Now Sarah Greenwood is hoping to aid families in earthquake-torn Haiti take their first steps to recovery.
Sarah, 51, has rallied a team to travel to the devastated country to help people overcome their physical and mental wounds.
The team of therapists aim to provide treatments as well as training people in the community so they can continue helping others when they have gone.
Sarah, of Midgley, near Flockton, said: “I’ve been working in Bosnia since 2002, treating people suffering from physical and mental problems as a result of war.
“I feel it’s important to offer this experience to the people of Haiti and the sooner we can get out there the sooner we can hopefully start making a massive difference.”
Sarah, who runs a dairy farm with her husband Paul, founded the Phoenix Aid charity after completing a degree in politics with sociology at Huddersfield University.
Her degree sparked an interest in working abroad and she volunteered to travel to Bosnia with the Healing Hands Network, an organisation made up of complementary therapists.
Trained in complementary therapies, including the Bowen technique, Reiki and massage, Sarah used her skills to help those suffering the after- effects of conflict.
She said: “People told me some terrible things about what happened to them but I just had to keep focused on why I was there, which was to help them.
“I helped everyone from children to rape victims and found the benefits of some of these energy therapies to be enormous.”
The civil war provided Sarah with many severely afflicted patients, from those with bullet and shrapnel wounds to people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of being raped or seeing their families killed.
Sarah’s charity has also helped train Bosnians in the techniques so they can continue to help members of their community.
She now hopes to travel to Haiti to treat people there and also train up locals.
Sarah, who has also helped bomb blast victims in Israel, is now trying to find a basic space, such as a school or church, to set up a scheme there.
She has contacted Almondbury-born United Nations worker Yvonne Lumb to offer help from her charity.
She said: “I know we can make a real difference, it’s just frustrating now waiting to set the wheels in motion.
“Doctors out there are helping those who have physical injuries, but there is little help for people suffering from the mental pain of losing their loved ones and everything they know in the earthquake.
“These treatments can ease their stress and upset. I’m not saying it will take away bereavement, but it will help them cope a lot better with what’s going on in their life and hopefully be an important first step to moving forward.
“We can’t mend fractures, but through massage we can improve the surrounding muscle tissues and blood circulation to help the body start healing.
“It’s the poorest country in the first world and there’s little access to complementary therapies, so training locals will give them the power to help themselves.”