The past few weeks we have been able to complete two dental camps. As a team, we planned a lesson together to help educate primary school students on the importance of dental hygiene. We partnered with an organization called Adapt International. They focus on engaging rural areas and low-income communities, particularly those affected with HIV/AIDS. There are women’s groups and communities focused on income-generating activities to help fight the poverty cycle.
As we travelled to the two schools, each in a remote area, we practiced the lesson on each other. It was tricky being able to engage the younger students and the older students. Each member of our team had a different topic. We discussed, bad breath, plaque, cavities, tooth decay, loose teeth, and proper brushing techniques. The children’s favorite part was being able to practice their brushing technique on a HELP volunteer. They exploded with laughter, but were able to learn the right way to do it.
At the end of the lesson, we provided toothpaste and toothbrushes for every student. They squealed with excitement, and many stated they usually had to share with a sibling or use a stick. As a team, we felt proud to see the joy and the knowledge they now understood. We targeted the younger students because they are developing strong hygiene habits now. They will go home and tell their families, who will tell their neighbors, and eventually everyone will have a great reminder on taking care of their teeth.
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