Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2018 Nicaragua trip a huge success!
Now that our team has returned from Nicaragua, we’d like to take a moment to share with you some of the highlights of this year’s trip.
Because of many generous donations, our energetic team of 16 volunteers were able to provide much needed dental care, performing almost 900 dental procedures over 6 days.
New for us this year was the opportunity to partner with Club Esparanza, a ministry serving children living in extreme poverty in the city of Managua. In two days we treated almost 200 children and performed 243 procedures.
We then returned to the rural areas of the west coast to treat adults and children in four action packed days. We set up in a different town or village each day, treating another 428 patients. Almost as important was the time spent building relationships with local leaders, sharing toys and crafts with the children, and just getting to know the delightful people if Nicaragua.
Your heart and hands were a key part of bringing smiles to hundreds of grateful Nicaraguan adults and children!
In our team’s words….
” The Nicaraguan people were very gracious and thankful for efforts to eliminate their oral disease and pain. I was deeply touched by the relationships we formed and the way we interacted with them. The amount of dentistry that we performed was exhausting, the advanced level of oral disease that we treated left an indelible impression, and the entire experience left us reflective about our own lives”.
“Immersion in another culture creates an environment to learn about other people, and it is a learning experience about yourself. It changes your own life as much as it does those that you are treating. Doing great dentistry in areas that do not have access to good dental care is a rewarding experience, and our team responded with the greatest of care. Everyone who participated in the 2018 Nicaraguan dental mission gave a tremendous gift to the Nicaraguan people and received much in return”. -Dr. Weaver
“For me, it was extra special to be able to return to Nicaragua feeling as though we were returning to see friends. The people of this country are so welcoming and kind that we get blessed back 100 fold when we are there. It is really humbling to be a part of this team providing dental care. We were told that one woman who had an extraction had been suffering with a toothache for 2 years!” -Tara
We’re starting to prepare for a new adventure!
Plans are well underway for an opportunity to provide dental treatment in the northern region of Costa Rica. We are building a team of 12 volunteers and gathering supplies for the trip July 13-21, 2018.