These pictures and the articles in this newsletter reflect the great diversity of concepts, approaches and practices that still exist related to healing people, animals, plants and environments. Vitality and health have a dimension beyond the purely physical and biological level. In most traditional cultures people believe that to maintain the vitality and health of human beings, plants, animals and environments, they have to address forces both in the natural and spiritual domain.
In their work, the Compas partners appreciate the strengths and challenge the weaknesses of traditional practices and cultural heritages. Understanding the cosmovision of modern and traditional cultures is a major challenge for anyone working with development. In each situation, the best combinations between traditional practices and practices from other parts of the world can be identified through a process of participatory assessment and development. Compas seeks to enhance this exchange of concepts and approaches between different cultures.