Dental Mavericks Charity Trip to Morocco, September 2017.
Cheryl and I are just back from this year’s trip to Rif Mountains, about 4 hours east of Tangier, Morocco. The trip involved a team of dental nurses, dentists, therapists, translators and assistants to help get kids out of daily dental pain. It was my third trip and Cheryl’s second.
This is what we are working against. We found this stall outside the gate of a school where we subsequently took out over 100 teeth because they were so badly decayed. That and the fact they all drink the local beverage of mint tea with enough sugar to stand a spoon up in it!
This trip to Morocco was in conjunction with some local dentists there, who were giving over 5000 kids toothbrushes and toothpaste paid for by Dental Mavericks. It’s not just about taking teeth out but trying to leave a legacy of education and prevention.
Treating kids is tiring, not only on a physical level but more on an emotional one. This is because they are children, sometimes as young as three, having teeth removed. We do our best to look after them, while a language barrier demands total concentration to build a relationship with constant eye contact, verbal communication, body language and reassurance. They are so appreciative for what we do for them as many of the kids have been in pain for weeks – often months! As a team we managed to treat over 2300 kids in the time we were there.
Dental Maverick Volunteers from UK.
The most rewarding part for me was going rural and travelling up into the hills. There is more evident poverty here and people cannot access a dentist at all. The kids are so amazing – one minute you’re taking their teeth out and the next they’re beaming from ear to ear. This is when you know you’re doing the right thing, when it means so much to be out of pain.
We’d like to say a massive THANK YOU to The Rotary Doctor Bank and to everyone who donated to the Dental Mavericks and took part in our raffle. With your help we raised funds to help get Moroccan kids out of daily dental pain. Advance Dental Care self-funds the cost of sending team members to Morocco to carry out this work, so all the money raised goes directly to helping the kids.
Take care and thanks again,