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    Weʼve raised £960 to fund a volunteer dental mission to support and care for disadvantaged "scavenger children" in the Philippines.

    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 27th November 2017

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    For years I’ve wanted to volunteer overseas for Dentaid, a charity that sends UK dental professionals to countries where there is a real shortage of dental care. This summer I have the opportunity.

    Using my skills I’ll provide free oral health care, much needed vital treatment & information to disadvantaged children in one of the poorest Philippines cities. This will be invaluable not only in ensuring that local children get dental treatment, but also that they & their teachers are provided with the information & knowledge needed to maintain a healthy mouth.

    There are several teams involved and project activities are based around Umapad Elementary School Mandaue, Cebu. A public funded school of 1100 children of which the majority are extremely poor. Education is offered to a group termed “scavenger children” as they’re from the local dump sites & live by recycling other people’s waste into money.

    The school services a slum area devastated by numerous incidents (earthquakes, large fires, damage from typhoons). Buildings are mainly scrap materials, easily victim of bad weather conditions. The school struggles to provide good education opportunities due to lack of resources.

    The Dentaid mission is to get all the children “dentally fit” by providing pain relief & dental treatments, including fluoride varnish; oral health education to children & teachers, in addition to setting up a school tooth brushing programme, to support oral health improvement after volunteers leave.

    A local dentist will work alongside dental students from Cebu Dental School to provide a Dental Treatment Centre.

    Dentaid volunteers will be part of a wider group of relief teams who will be working together across a range of activities, including teaching English, IT, community support training & rebuilding.

    The cost of the trip is high, but donations go to supporting Dentaid and funding my placement.

    Please help support this vital outreach mission as it means so much to me.



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    • Desi Sheridan

      Desi Sheridan

      Oct 12, 2017

      Ruth, well done I am so proud of you and all your hard work!! You look like you had the most amazing time. Lots of love Desi Dave and the boys xxx


    • David Smart

      David Smart

      Oct 6, 2017

      Having been SCUBA diving in the Philippines for over 20 years since working in HK I have many friends there and know how lovely the people are but how poor some are - happy to support your cause.


    • Sorrel Scott-Carter

      Sorrel Scott-Carter

      Sep 11, 2017

      This comes Better late than never Ruth! the chance to getawayand make a difference well done you from Sorrel


    • Ruth Bealing

      Ruth Bealing

      Sep 6, 2017

      Well done Ruth


    • Karen collard

      Karen collard

      Aug 30, 2017

      Each day I've read about your days and how you have both helped so many children. Well.done to you all. Look forward to hearing all about. Karen C xx


    • Anna Gavriel

      Anna Gavriel

      Aug 25, 2017

      Amazing work Ruth and the team!


    • Inta Vilmaniete

      Inta Vilmaniete

      Aug 20, 2017

      Good luck!x


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