A litter bit more about what we have Achieved

Our Achievements

Our Achievements 2009

We started a new program on Lake Victoria in Uganda where we worked with the residents of several fishing villages on Kimi Island, Mwende Island and Bulago Island. We provided care to more than 450 men, women, and children.

Services included sealants, extractions, fillings, cleanings, disease prevention education, and the donation of sterilization  supplies and We also provided similar services to the people in Bwindi in remote SW Uganda, and to the refugees in the settlement camp of Koch Goma in Gulu where thousands have gone to escape the violence of Joseph Kony’s rebel army in the north, (we have been going there since 2003 to help out however we could), and we provided health care services in the southern town of Kasese on the border of Uganda and Congo.

All in all we provided services that were valued over $425,000. Special thanks to Dr. Carla Yamashiro whose humanitarian, volunteer dedication and hard work was the foundation for the success of this trip.

Our Achievements 2010

We worked in several Ugandan villages with a group of volunteers where we were able to see more than 400 patients in a period of 3 weeks.

Our services included extractions, cleaning, filling, sealants, and oral health education. We also supplied tooth brushes, clothing, and education materials for students and teachers including books, pens, education manuals, and more.

We were able to provide care, supplies and services worth more than $500,000 to the Lake Victoria island’s fishing villages, the Batwa Pygmy villages in the SW, and the refugee camp of Koch Goma in the north.

Our Achievements 2011

We worked on our own in Uganda and collaborated with Great Shape! Inc. in Jamaica. In Uganda we were able to see more than 700 people in a period of 4 weeks where we provided our services that were worth more than $700,000 dollars which included equipment and supplies, and dental care comprised of extractions, fillings, cleaning, sealants, oral health education, training and more.

Then we toured the refugee settlement camps in Mbarara, Uganda that housed refugees from Sudan, Congo, Somali, Rwanda and more. We worked in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s office in Uganda, and AIRD (African Initiative Relief Development), a non-profit organization in Uganda, and worked with help from UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees).

In the Rwamwaja settlement we provided oral health education and supplies, maternal health services, and sterilization materials valued over $150,000.

Our Achievements 2012

In addition to dental care, we introduced the Mothers Abroad Program which supports maternal/ infant health care. This program delivers sterilization supplies and disease prevention education including, HIV prevention and awareness, to mothers, mid-wives, and expectant mothers. We returned to Uganda where we worked in the Koch Goma maternity ward. Over a 2-week period we cleaned, painted, equipped, and changed the facility making it much safer and more comfortable and efficient than it was. We provided services that were worth $15,000, and supplies worth $10,000.

Our Achievements 2013

We worked in Haiti and Uganda on our own, and with Great Shape! Inc.’s “1,000 Smiles Project” in Jamaica. In Uganda our volunteer team worked for 4 weeks in the Oruchinga Settlement, Rwamwaja Settlement, and Nashville Settlement camps in Mbarara that we had visited the year before. These camps house more than 50,000 refugees escaping civil wars in neighboring countries!

We were able to provide our services valued over $500,000 in a period of 4 weeks in Uganda and $200,000 dollars in Haiti in a period of 2 more weeks. Combined, we treated more than 600 people in the two countries.

Our Achievements 2014

We worked in Haiti, and Jamaica with Great Shape Inc!

Haiti, we were able to see more than 300 patients in two weeks thanks to our amazing volunteers, Dr. Nannette Benedicts, Jeff Bernhard, Jacob Bernhard, Stacy, sandy Harms, Faria Shinn, Dr. Sherwin Shinn and more for the amazing work were able to provide services worth more than $500,000 in two villages. Port pimit and port being one of the villages we worked in.

Our Achievements 2015

We were able to travel to Jamaica in May for the sealant project under 1000 Smiles Project. Later we travelled to Uganda and partnered with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) to provide dental care and disease prevention, maternal health care supplies to the refuges from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Southern Sudan and Somalia living in Rwamwanja Refugee Settlement in South Western Uganda, Agojo, Obilokongo, Ayilo 1 and 2 Refugee Settlements in Adjumani District in Northern Uganda . Overall, we were able to give services to more than 700 people in a period of 3 weeks.

NOVEMBER: we opened the first free communal dental clinic in Uganda based in Kampala. To-date it has more than 500 patients. The demand for our services is threatening to outstrip our capacity to offer the much-needed dental services. We have since revisited our projections and are in the process of acquiring more dental chairs and dentists to respond to the demand.

Our Achievements 2016

MAY: we worked in Jamaica for the sealant project with Great Shape! Inc.1000 smiles project where sealants applied to children in Jamaican schools,

JULY: we also worked in St. Lucia with Great Shape! Inc. 1000 smiles project where thousands of people were helped.

AUGUST: We worked in Uganda under UNHCR in Rwamwanja refugee’s settlement where we treated 700 refugees who got dental treatment, sealants and fluoride vanish for the children, oral health education, supplies and maternal health supplies for the expectant mothers in the settlement.

We then went to Kasese district where we camped at Kasese town council heath center for 8 days and were able to treat 300 people. We were a group of 17 volunteers and offered treatment and services valued at $700,000 for all the 3 and half weeks we were in Uganda.