PROJECTS FOR 2016
1. In January we sponsored a Dental Mission to Siem Reap, Cambodia. We treated children in a rural school outside of the city. All team members, for each of our missions, pay for all expenses of their trip, and are also expected to become financial supporters of IHE. All funds raised go to the purchase of dental supplies and equipment, and help in maintaining the other ongoing health care and education programs.
2. We sponsored our eighth Dental Mission to Lima, Peru in May. We treated the very poor people who live in the slums of the barrio, Cerro Candela, north of the city. They have no access to dental care.
3. We will sponsor our 7th Dental Mission to Ecuador in June. We will work out of the health center (Tierra Nueva) serving the poor people south of Quito. They are isolated by both poverty and remote location. They are also very excited about our team’s return.
4. We will sponsor and organize our annual Dental Mission to Guatemala in November. This mission concentrates treatment on the school children (see # 5, 6 & 7 below).
5. We will help pay the staff salary at the Puesta de Salud which is associated with our Guatemala dental clinic on the island of Bacadilla in the Rio Dulce area. Asociacion Rescate (Our friend’s NGO in Guatemala) pays her salary. The government doesn’t pay her.
6. We will purchase school supplies for the Punta Arenas Elementary School in the jungle.
7. 15 families that are IHE donors will sponsor “scholarships” for 11 indigenous children who were good students at the primary school in the jungle, so that they can attend a secondary school out of the area. There are no secondary schools in the isolated area we serve. Our goal is to have these children return to work in the Rio Dulce area. Our current teachers at the Punta Arenas school are people that we have helped to educate who have returned to serve their community. Needless to say, it is difficult to recruit people from the city to work in the remote jungle. It is our hope that the educated recipients of these “Scholarships” will also return to improve life in their villages.
8. We will fund the purchase of oral hygiene & dental supplies, as well as pain relief medications and antibiotics for all of our dental missions. All medications must be of the current date.
9. We will replace some of our portable equipment as needed. It is very difficult on the equipment that must be carried as luggage onto airplanes, cleared through Customs and then transported by local ground transportation to the very isolated areas that we serve.
10. We maintain all of our equipment and supplies for the dental missions in the storage area at the mouth of the Carmel Valley that has been leased to us for 10 years by our wonderful supporters Bob & Becky Leidig for $1 / month. This large room is also where we pack the Red Bags stuffed with shoes, clothing and toys that we take on each mission to give to our patients following their treatment.
11. We will continue to sponsor the building of clean water wells in Cambodia
12. We will continue to update the information in our Trip Leader Manuals for each of the locations that we perform dental missions. This will enable our trip leaders to expertly lead their missions with confidence. The years of experience and the valuable knowledge that we have accumulated will be effectively passed on to new younger people so that they are able to expertly lead these missions in the future.
13. Dr. Phil Bhaskar will lead a dental team to work with Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia in December of 2016