BENEFITING: ECUADENT INC
In late February/early March 2015, the Ecuadent Foundation will bring two teams of volunteer healthcare professionals to Puyo, a poor town in the Ecuadorian Amazon Rain Forest in order to give children the gift of a smile.
Please help us provide the gift of a smile by donating today!
Ecuadent's surgical team will work hard to correct congenital deformities like cleft lip and cleft palate for children who would otherwise never have access to healthcare. We also treat children with burn scar contortions, extra digits, and malformations and accidents to the nose and sinuses.
Our dental team will perform critical dental procedures to children who despertely need dental care. Our team will educate the children and community leaders of oral hygiene tecniques and distribute thousands of toothbrushes to children and their families.
In October of 2014, the Ecuadent dental team treated almost 500 children from poor fishing villages in Santa Elena, Ecuador. Most of the children had never seen a dentist before, and some had never even owned a toothbrush. Over five treatment days, our team performed over 3,650 procedures to improve the oral health of hundreds of children.
We took our mission a step further by visiting one of the poorest barrios in the region, ironically called "El Paraiso" or "Paradise," to distribute toothbrushes to school children. I witnessed a five-year-old hug and kiss her new toothbrush, and another child jump up and down to show her mother what she received. The joy I witnessed from these simple acts motivates me to continue the outreach Ecuadent has given for the past 24 years in Ecauador.
Last February, we visited Esmeraldas, Ecuador, home to the majority of Afro-Ecuadorians and unfortunately one of the poorest provinces in the country. We performed 66 life changing surgeries on 55 patients. We gave the gift of a smile to children who were suffering with cleft lip as well as cleft palate, which inhibits children from eating properly land leads to malnutrtiion and dvelopmental problems. Ecuadent helped children smile and live healthy lifes.
YOUR DONATION WILL help with the cost of the shipping container that we send to Ecuador, filled to the brim with donations of vital medical and dental supplies, toys, toothbrushes, nutrition-dense food aid, baby strollers, and children's clothing. By sending a shipping container before our arrival, we can bring more supplies and donations than we ever could by air. We are able to help thousands of children by bringing healthcare supplies to use in our mission and to donate to underfunding local hospitals in the area. We donate clothing, computers, and school supplies to local orphanages and schools.