Bring Grins to Unspoken Smiles
Organized by: Jean Paul Laurent
Simply put, children all over the world are suffering from poor oral health and disease because they do not have access to dentists who can provide treatment and training for keeping good oral hygiene. According to the FDI World Dental Federation, tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease worldwide- affecting up to 44% of the world’s population. Tooth decay is preventable. Periodontal (gum) disease affects 5-20% of the world’s population. This disease is also preventable. The average child will have all of their primary teeth by two and a half years old and most permanent teeth have begun to show up by 12 years old. Major oral health problems and diseases can begin as soon as the primary teeth arrive and will last a lifetime without proper tools and education for good oral hygiene. These issues can exist in rich, poor, and middle class communities; but it is the poorest communities that are most underserved when it comes to obtaining professional help for these problems.
One of the vital ways in which we are able to implement sustainable education and disease prevention is through our Unspoken Smiles Fellowship program. Through the fellowship we are able to create new jobs for young women in developing countries.
These new jobs help in three big ways:
1. Allows more widespread oral health education, and puts more trained individuals able to perform oral hygiene assessments and cleanings within the communities
2. More individuals armed with knowledge means raising awareness for oral health within the communities
3. The young women are empowered and able to make a positive impact in the economic development of their community.
As the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship grows these young women will not just be impacting their individual families and communities, but their countries as well. Programs like this are the future of sustainable humanitarian efforts, enabling developing countries to take the development into their own hands with proper training and guidance.
We are seeking short-term fundings to start our fellowship program in January.
Unspoken Smiles Fellowship will build an outstanding dental team on the ground to help the most vulnerable children get free oral care services, oral hygiene kits, and education they need to live a healthy lifestyle. Despite scarce resources, your support has never been more crucial.
Why train women?
Societies prosper when women are educated. Educated women are healthier and will earn incomes that can lift their households out of poverty. And the benefits are transferred to their children, who are better educated and have better health care. Many Haitian communities will benefit from a more educated workforce, and increasing women’s participation in the formal economy through more skill building programs like our Fellowship Program, leads to greater economic growth, and will help bridge the huge gap between dentists and the population. Not only is educating women essential to achieve higher levels of economic growth and development in Haiti, it is also the right thing to do for a country that cannot catch a break from deadly natural disasters.
Your gift to the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship Program will help deliver not only better dental care aid to children in Haiti as the severity of this crisis reaches an all-time high after the Hurrican Mathew, but also help equip young women with professional and technical skills to start a new job, build a new career, while giving back to their own communities.
Your compassion is more important than ever !!!!
Airfare $2,000 will cover airfare for Team
"CAPSULE MIXER CM-II™
Digitally Controlled, High Speed Triturator" $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Cavitron (5) $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Emergency Health Funds $500
Fluoride $0 (Secured)
Food For Team $3,000
"GC CAPSULE APPLIER III
Applier for Capsulated Products" $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
"GC Fuji TRIAGE®
Glass Ionomer Sealant & Surface Protectant" $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Ground Transportation $1,500
Infection Prevention Products (Gloves, masks, cavaside/Sani cloth, ultra-sonic tablets, cold sterilization tablets, autoclave, kavoclave, ultrasonic unit, pouches for sterilization etc.) $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Instructor Fees $3,000
(Dental cleaning instruments, burs and hand pieces)" $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Lead Apron (5) $0 (To be acquired at a later time)
Living Accommodations $500
MI Paste $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Bioavailable Calcium, Phosphate & Fluoride for an Enhanced Varnish Treatment" $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Nomad X-ray Unit (2) $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Office Supplies $150
Oral Hygiene Products (Toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash) $0 (In-Kind Donation Pending)
Phone/Fax/Online Services $300
Portable Dental Chair (5) $2,600
Portable Projector $300
Portable Suction (5) $850
Postage and Shipping $350
Printing (Pamphlets) $150
Silver Diamine Fluoride ( 20 bottle at $102.75) $2,055
Staff Networking/Conferences $0
Supervising Dentist $500
Technology Support & Training $0
Uniforms ( 25) $750
Travel Insurance $100
Wireless Dental Polisher ( 10) $2,100
Thank you for reaching out to the millions of children caught in this horrible circomstances.
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