Dentist providing care at Tsaghgadzor Summer Camp
September 8, 2017
SOAR Dental Care Program Has Extended Its Support and Services to Tsaghgadzor and Tashir children!
Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian Jr. -Project leaders
Since SOAR founded a Dental Clinic in Gyumri in 2015, it has been able to reach to hundreds of the children and families from the city and its surrounding villages. These children and adults lack any dental care and suffer tremendously from poor health. The dental clinic has been providing consultations, fillings, removal of tarter, treatment of cavities through 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). Provision of vitamins and supplements necessary for gum and enamel health.
Malnourishment, poor social conditions, genetic factors affecting child development and stress can cause issues with 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.
In 2016, “SOAR Dental Care Program" was extended to the Our Lady of Armenia summer camp in the Tsaghgadzor mountains where each year from July till end of September over 815 children are gathered from the poorest villages and regions of Armenia, the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) and Southern Georgia (Javakh) to receive adequate nutrition, hygiene, medicine and medical exams (including vaccinations), summer recreational activities, rest and especially dental care. This summer, 95 children from the Tashir region which is one of the poorest regions in Armenia, were also brought to Tsaghgadzor to receive SOAR dental care. Dental services has been offered by the caring and professional work of volunteer dentists from Paris-UMAF (France) and SOAR (USA). These special volunteers worked tirelessly to treat some 300 children.
In addition, we expect 2 more dentists who in collaboration with the Fresno Medical Mission are expected to volunteer at the SOAR dental clinic. Also, one dental student who is doing internship in dentistry will help kids with educating them on oral hygiene and by providing toothbrushes, toothpastes and oral hygiene supplies for the kids in the camp.
This makes the role of "SOAR Dental Care Program" in Tsaghgadzor, Tashir and Gyumri very crucial for the most disadvantaged children and families in these communities! They get 100% qualified dental service absolutely free of charge! Naturally, the need for such service is growing in the country's poor regions.
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 importance 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. WE NEED YOUR HELP! You can help make a difference and change the course of this endemic crisis! 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! Thank you!
Tsahgadzor children receiving dental care
A boy receiving dental care first time in his life
SOAR Dental Care Volunteers at the summer camp