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Shinta Mani Foundation Partners with Global Dental Relief and Husk Cambodia to Help Disadvantaged Students in Siem Reap

August 25, 2017 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

The Shinta Mani Foundation (SMF), in collaboration with Global Dental Relief (GDR) and Husk Cambodia, recently ran its 3rd extensive dental clinic this year for disadvantaged students in Siem Reap. 

Since its inception in 2014, SMF, GDR and Husk Cambodia have 3-4 clinics each year and treated over 12,000 children in that period.  The GDR program is worth approximately USD1 million a year in aid to Cambodia.

The most recent clinic was held in the three primary schools of the Pouk district.  A team of 5 dentists, 2 hygienists, 7 general volunteers and 2 GDR staff visited the schools and saw 823 students over a two week period, providing a care package valued at over USD210,000.  This is part of a wider programme by the Foundation to provide free dental check-ups every 2 years.  On-going education in dental hygiene combined with preventative measures has seen significant reductions in tooth decay and gum disease in the local communities.  GDR will return in for their 4th clinic this year, in November.

SMF works with GDR to bring in the volunteers and medicines and also stores the cares for the dental equipment between clinics so import it each time.  They prepare the permissions, logistics and notices, working directly with the public health department on approving dental volunteers and importing of medicines.  In addition, the Foundation works with the education department to get approvals to set up in schools and with the principals to obtain access to the classrooms with the teachers and students who then acquire the parental permission to treat the children.  Informational sessions are held with the parents to advise them what will happen at the clinics.

In appreciation of their wonderful work, designer Bill Bensley dedicated an antique dental apparatus that he restored, as a tribute to the GDR teams that sits proudly in the grounds of the Shinta Mani Angkor Hotel, and lists the months of the clinics each year (see picture attached).

Global Dental Relief

GDR’s mission is to bring free dental care to children around the globe, in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya, and Cambodia. Teams of volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, and general volunteers deliver treatment and preventive care in dental clinics that serve children in schools, orphanages, and remote villages.

With a vision to transform lives and cultivate community through volunteerism, GDR provides opportunities for diverse groups of volunteers to explore the world and bring free dental care and oral hygiene education to thousands of impoverished children.

Husk Cambodia

HUSK works directly with communities to help improve the lives of Cambodian families. Their goals focus around the basics of providing access to safe water, livelihood opportunities, health, education and environment.  They work to assist families address some of their most basic needs, giving them the best opportunity to stay together and work for a better future. We support families to support themselves and together build a brighter future.

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