Dental Care for 235 orphans in Armenia

by Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) Vetted since 2015 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Tsaghgadzor dental care
Tsaghgadzor dental care

March 15, 2017

FREE DENTAL CARE FOR CHILDREN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN ARMENIA. This public health crisis - which is prevalent in the remote parts of Armenia - needs to be addressed, supported, and treated as it affects the most vulnerable of Armenia's society - it's children.

SOAR DENTAL CLINIC IN GYUMRI ASSUMES ALL ESSENTIAL CARE FOR THE DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN, THE ENTIRE GYUMRI COMMUNITY AND THE 815 TSAGHGADZOR SUMMER CAMP CHILDREN!

 Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George S. Yacoubian, Jr.

"SOAR Dental Clinic" in Gyumri has operated free of charge for all of the disadvantaged children in the city and the neighboring regions of Spitak,  since 2016 November. Now it has an added responsibility in assuming all essential care for dental health of the region. This comes at the heel of the state ceasing to provide any state- supported dental. State provided dental care has historically been of poor quality, as well as lacking in ability to perform complex dental care, patient education, and preventative measures.

 The primary beneficiaries of the clinic continues to be the disadvantaged children from child care and protection institutions of the Gyumri, including : Our Lady Of Armenia Convent, Children Home of Gyumri, Nansen Boarding school, Thrchoonian Home, Gyumri Social Childcare Center, and Boarding School N 1. SOAR Clinic is open also for the other vulnerable children who come from poor and needy families of the community. 

Malnourishment, poor social conditions, genetic factors affecting child development  and stress  can cause issues the development of teeth and bone, all of which is prevalent in this region.  Each child may have  multiple dental and periodontal issues and diseases.  

From January till March of 2017 the number of children seeking dental care were: Nansen Boarding School N2 (10 children), “Little Prince” Day Care Center (11 children), GSCC Day Care Center for disadvantaged kids (13 children), OLA (Our Lady of Armenia) 15 children.

The dental clinic is providing consultations, fillings, removal of tarter, treatment of cavitiesthrough the infiltration method, as well as the removal and treatment with orthodontics. Dentists offer children the chance to have all the dental treatment they need – including cleanings, x-rays and filling (for cavities).

Overall 53 children were examined, 49 got corresponding treatment and 14 children had extractions.In addition to their treatments, children were also taught the 5 basic steps to caring for teeth and gums; “the rules of oral hygiene”:

  1. Brushing
  2. Flossing
  3. Rinsing
  4. Eating right
  5. Provision of vitamins and supplements necessary for gum and enamel health.Another major impact that “SOAR Dental Care Program”has made, is for the children of the The Our Lady of Armenia Summer Camp 2016 program(organized and implemented by theArmenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception). Each year, from June till September, hundreds of (last year was over 815) orphans, are brought to the camp. These are needy, at-risk, war-affected children from disadvantaged families from remote villages of Armenia, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh and Javakhk (Southern Georgia), who are there to receive adequate nutrition, hygiene, medicine and medical exams (including vaccinations), summer recreational activities, rest and especially dental care!  

During three sessions, dental services are provided by the caring and professional work ofvolunteer dentists from Paris-UMAF (France). These special volunteers work tirelessly 7 days a week for weeks to treat the children while educating them of the importance of the oral hygiene and the prevention of gum diseases.

Taking into consideration that State- supported dental service is no longer free of charge for kids, the role of SOAR dental clinic in the community is of the utmost important in providing primary care and in keeping the children’s teeth healthy. It is also essential in the prevention and/ or treatment of early onset tooth decay, tooth loss, and subsequent gum and oral diseases. 

With no safety net for the children of Gyumri and Tsaghagdzor from the state and with limited number of dental clinics which unfortunately provide substandard care and are rarely available, there is no hope for the health of the young disadvantaged. . This makes the role of "SOAR Dental Care Program" in Gyumri essential for the most disadvantaged children and families in the community! They get 100% qualified dental service absolutely free of charge! Naturally, the need for such service is growing in the community.

Now, WE NEED YOUR HELP! You can help make a difference and change the course of this endemic crisis. We need to fund the operational cost, supplies, and salaries of the dentists and technicians who will work in Gyumri's dental clinic.

The funds will be used to obtain HQ teeth files, working equipment, teeth filling materials, disinfection solvents,  root canals plumbing materials , fluorine-containing materials for regular care,  prophylactic  materials, and other administrative expenses (for example utility costs, as winters are very cold in that district and the clinic needs proper heating).  

No amount is too little to make a contribution to the project!!! We appreciate and welcome your support in any amount you are able to contribute. We are working towards the full operation of the clinic as well as the opening of a new clinic.

We are grateful for your continued support to alleviate the pain, suffering, and poor dental health of these children. Thank you all for providing this unparalleled gift for the orphaned children and Armenia’s destitute. Please donate through Global Giving’s Dental Care for Orphans campaign!!!

Tsaghgadzor summer camp dental care
Tsaghgadzor summer camp dental care
Children and families seeking dental care
Children and families seeking dental care
SOAR Dental Clinic, Gyumri, Armenia
SOAR Dental Clinic, Gyumri, Armenia

December 17, 2016

SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri receives the Formal Licensing from Ministry of Health and officially starts full operation and provides dental care to the children of Gyumri! 

Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George S. Yacoubian, Jr.

"SOAR Dental Clinic" in Gyumri  has started its operations since 2016 November, provisional 3 days per week. The primary beneficiaries of clinic are the children from Child care and protection institutions of the Community thus including (Our Lady Of Armenia Convent, Children Home of Gyumri, Nansen Boarding school, Thrchoonian Home, Gyumri Social Childcare Center, Boarding School N 1). Clinic is open also for the other vulnerable children coming from poor and needy families of the community. 

Dental Clinic is providing consultation, filling, removal of tarter, treatment of caries in infiltration method, removal and treatment orthodontics and braces. So far overall 35 children have been provided services in clinic. Taking into consideration that State support of dental service is no longer free of charge for kids, the role of SOAR dental clinic in community is utmost important in providing primary care for keeping the children’s teeth healthy.

Few updates on clinic's preliminary steps and planning:

We have meet with the dentist in charge and nurse and discussed the further planning and operations of the clinic. The dental nurse has undergone orientation, training and practice with the dentist during 6 week period. She was also trained on how to work with sterilization equipments and all details relevant her responsibilities. Our dentist prepared separate bulletins per child. We also have developed a registration database and an appointment roster for every child.

Our initial statistics of the clinic services, the target population and the need for further and continued financial support:

a. In a week period 12-13 children can  get dental services. (on average 50-52 in a month).  During this period it became clear that children's dental problems are different.  Malnourishment, poor social conditions, genetic factors affecting child development  and stress  can cause issues to regulate the development of teeth and bones.  Each child may have  more then 2, 3 teeth problems, dental and periodontal diseases. 

 b. The target beneficiaries of SOAR dental clinic are kids, but after a certain period it will also provide services  for vulnerable older adults. 

c. The funds will be used to obtain HQ teeth files, working equipment, teeth filling materials, disinfection solvents,  root canals plumbing materials , fluorine-containing materials for regular care,  prophylactic  materials also for other administrative expenses if possible (utility costs, e.g winters are very cold in that district and the clinic needs proper heating)  

Together we have achieved the impossible! A year ago, it was unheard of to be able to build a dental clinic in Gyumri and provide a much needed support for the poor. But we did it!!!

Now, we have the task at hand to fund the operational cost, supplies and salaries of the dentists and technicians who will work in Gyumri's dental clinic. We also are starting to plan for the construction of SOAR's second dental clinic in another region of Armenia with populations in desperate need for dental care.

 No amount is too little to make a contribution to the project!!! We appreciate and welcome your support in any amount you are able to contribute towards fulfilling the full operation of the clinic as well as the building of a new one.

During this Holiday Season, we thank you for your continued support to alleviate the pain, suffering and poor dental health. Thank you all for providing this unparalleled gift for the orphaned children and Armenia’s needy and destitute at large. Please donate through GlobalGiving’s Dental Care for Orphans campaign!!!

Our warmest wishes for a joyous Holiday Season to you and yours!

SOAR Dental Clinic
SOAR Dental Clinic
SOAR dental clinic nurse cleaning teeth of a child
SOAR dental clinic nurse cleaning teeth of a child
Global Giving Representatives at SOAR OLA Clinic
Global Giving Representatives at SOAR OLA Clinic

SOAR Dental Giving Campaign    

Global Giving Representatives Visit OLA Dental Clinic, Gyumri, Armenia – July 2016!

Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George S. Yacoubian, Jr.

On July 30, 2016, the Our Lady of Armenia Center Dental Clinic in Gyumri, Armenia, welcomed two Global Giving directors toured the facilities with SOAR representatives. Their mission was to build stronger relationships between Global Giving and SOAR as one of Global Giving’s nonprofit partners.

Both directors were received by SOAR Representatives in Armenia who toured with them at the newly built dental clinic on the premises of Our Lady of Armenia orphanage. The representatives showed great appreciation and were impressed with the high quality of the construction of the clinic and the dental equipment with which the clinic was furnished. They also inquired about the clinic’s future needs for technical, material and medication support as well as for personnel staffing and continued provision of the dental supplies. They also explained that the professional personnel staffing, which will consist of a dentist, dental assistant and dental service administrator, were already in place. In addition, she explained how the dental clinic will be staffed to provide a comprehensive coverage of the dental care for the children, elderly and entire population of Gyumri.

On March, 2016, OLA held its much anticipated SOAR Dental Clinic’s grand opening to benefit the orphaned children and the elderly in Gyumri. During the ceremony, Diramyr Arousiag Sajonian welcomed several dignitaries from Gyumri, accompanied by SOAR supporters, junior members and representatives from Armenia and USA.  Currently, the licensure of the clinic by the Health Ministry and other official regulatory bodies is pending and it is anticipated to be finalized by October 10, 2016.

Thanks to the unwavering diligence and combined efforts of SOAR-National, the Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, the Albert Tamberchi Foundation, La Canada, Ventura County, Wisconsin and Chicago SOAR chapters, and more significantly individual donors who contributed to this project through Global Giving, our dream for providing dental care to the orphans and elderly of Gyumri came true! The dental clinic will offer full services and provide dental care free of charge to the underprivileged population of Gyumri.

The representatives later visited the city of Gyumri and inquired about the existence of other dental care services in the city. They also inquired whether SOAR is planning to start the construction of other dental clinics in different regions of Armenia.

Now, we have the task at hand to fund the operational cost, supplies and salaries of the dentists and technicians who will work in Gyumri's dental clinic. We also are starting to plan for the construction of SOAR's second dental clinic in another region of Armenia with populations in desperate need for dental care.

You can help us achieve the impossible! No amount is too little to make a contribution to the project!!! We appreciate and welcome your support in any amount you are able to contribute towards fulfilling the full operation of the clinic as well as the building of a new one.

Thank you all for providing this unparalleled gift for the orphaned children and Armenia’s needy and destitute at large. Please donate through Global Giving’s Dental Care for Orphans campaign!!! To join our efforts in supporting the Dental Care Campaign whether monetary or volunteer support, please contact info@soar-us.org.

http://soar-us.org/dental_fund.html#dentalopening

OLA Dental Clinic Fully Furnished
OLA Dental Clinic Fully Furnished
OLA Orphanage in Gyumri, Armenia Visit
OLA Orphanage in Gyumri, Armenia Visit

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Many faces of poverty seeking care!
Many faces of poverty seeking care!

 

SOAR Dental Giving Campaign 06/20/2016

By Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian, Jr.

Under the grip of extreme poverty, poor health and destitution, live many elderly, children and families in Gyumri , the second largest city in Armenia. Struggling to find food, water , and medicine, dental health is nonexistent for them.

Melsida, Nadejda, Goharik and Asia, are a few of the elderly, who get basic nutrition and clothing at a day care center for elderly in Gyumri. Some with no surviving families, others trying to support their children and grandchildren who are incapacitated, orphaned or have been abandoned by their parents who have left them behind while seeking employment in foreign countries.

Geghetsik is a 62 years old, lives in the so called "Kazatchi post" residential area in Gyumri that is considered one of the poorest living areas of the city. Her family consists of 6 people - Geghetsik, her husband, 2 daughters, one of them is a single mom with 2 kids. They all live in a century old building dating back to the early 1900s. The building has never had any type of renovations, is in complete disrepair, with no fuel for heating . During the harsh cold icy winters they burn anything they can find to get warm. The building has no toilet or sewer system and the family resorts to use an outside pit. The father works as a guard and receives only 30,000 AMD about $62 monthly with a very small stipend for the kids from the government.

Geghetsik's neighbor is Mariam and her 7 year old son Artyom who is in poor health. Artyom's father has left to Russia in search of employment and they have not heard back from him for a long time. Unemployed, Mariam lives off of the land and through the leftovers and assistance of the neighbors. Their shack has no gas, no electricity, water or sewer. For heat, they use anything which can be burnt. The only means of living is gathering empty bottles from a garbage dump or cemetery and selling them.

Such stories are more common and form the norm of the population in Gyumri. They suffer all types of health ailments and severe conditions of dental health.

On behalf of the Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR), we wish to express our utmost gratitude to generous donors like you. With the assistance of contributors such as yourself, SOAR was able to open a dental suit for the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) Center in Gyumri in March of 2016. Your support has made it possible for the orphans of the Gyumri community to receive regular dental screenings and treatments by visiting dentists and other dental health professionals. That’s right - your support resulted in constructing the only dental care facility in the city of Gyumri.

Although the construction of the dental suit is complete, our efforts are not finished. We are still in need of funds for purchasing supplies and providing the clinic with basic dental care necessities. In addition, we need to be able to fund the annual maintenance of the clinic, as well as continue to fund the dental health professionals that work at the clinic.

With cavities being the most prevalent chronic disease among children in Armenia, we encourage you to help the needy orphans as they are in dire need of dental care. Your tax

deductible donation will aid in providing all of the basic necessities for managing a dental clinic that will benefit the orphans.

Please consider the orphaned children and elderly in their time of need, as basic necessities such as regularly visiting a dentist would not be possible were it not for generosity of continued supporters like you.

Donations are accepted through the GlobalGiving Dental Care Campaign for Orphans (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dental-care-clinics-for-orphans-in-armenia), and no amount is too small.

Again, please accept our most heartfelt gratitude for joining our efforts to make a difference in the orphaned children’s lives. With your continued support, together, we can provide these children with the happiest and most beautiful smiles. Imagine the possibilities of what your continued support can bring to the needy orphaned children of Armenia that desire nothing but to live happy lives.

We encourage you to share this message with you family and friends to help raise awareness for our cause. To join our efforts in supporting the Dental Care Campaign, whether monetary or active volunteer support, please contact us at info@soar-ur.org.

SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri Completed!
SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri Completed!

Dear Friends and Supporters of Dental Care for Orphans in Armenia Campaign!

We are thrilled to announce the Grand Opening of SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri!

On Thursday March 17, 2016, Our Lady of Armenia Center held its much anticipated SOAR Dental Clinic grand opening to benefit the orphaned children and the elderly in Gyumri. During the ceremony, Diramyr Arousiag Sajonian welcomed several dignitaries from Gyumri, including Mr. Hovsep Simonyan (Shirak region), Mr. Samuel Balasanyan (Gyumri Mayor), Anahid Garabedyan (Orphanage Fridtjof Nansen Director in Gyumri) and Mrs. Hasmig Demirdjian (SOAR La Canada president) accompanied by SOAR supporters, junior members and representatives from Armenia and USA.

Thanks to the unwavering diligence and combined efforts of SOAR national, Gulamerian Armenian Orphan Fund, Albert Tamberchi Foundation, La Canada, Ventura County, Wisconsin and Chicago SOAR chapters and more significantly individual donors like you who contributed to this project through GlobalGiving, our dream for providing dental care to the orphans and elderly of Gyumri came true! The dental clinic will offer full services and provide dental care free of charge to the underprivileged population of Gyumri. With beautiful teeth, children and elderly will have brighter smiles, a better health and well being. Now, we have the task at hand to fund the operational cost, supplies and the salaries of the dentists and technicians who will work in Gyumri's dental clinic. Please help us get the funding for the professionals and any associated expenses to run the clinic to benefit the orphans and the community.

No amount is too little to make a contribution to the project!!! We appreciate and welcome your support in any amount you are able to contribute towards fulfilling the full operation of the clinic. Thank you all for providing this unparalleled gift for the orphaned children and the Gyumri community at large! Donate through GlobalGiving's Dental Care for Orphans campaign!!! To join our efforts in supporting the Dental Care Campaign whether monetary or volunteer support, please contact info@soar-us.org.

http://soar-us.org/dental_fund.html#dentalopening

https://youtu.be/pa5jlcK_hPU

Volunteer Information Flyer
Volunteer Information Flyer
Grand opening ceremony
Grand opening ceremony

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King of Prussia, PA United States

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