Dental Care for 235 orphans in Armenia

by Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief (SOAR) Vetted since 2015

          "Smiling Teeth, Smiling Child"            

SOAR DENTAL CLINIC: Gyumri, Ani District & OLA Tsaghgadzor Summer Camp                August, 2018

   Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign. 

In the footsteps of inspiring acts of advocacy and giving, let's make our lives meaningful by making a greater impact on the lives of others.

Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian Jr. -Project leaders 

On July 15, 2018, Our Lady of Armenia summer camp in Tsaghgadzor celebrated its 25 years of helping orphaned, needy and destitute children in physical, psychosocial and education needs. But it was in 2016 that thanks to SOAR sponsored dental clinic much awareness was raised and support for the dental care for the children; an aspect of healthcare that has not been in focus has been provided. 

“SOAR Dental Care Program" was extended in 2016, 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. In 2017, 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 have 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 the children who come to the camp or to the OLA based clinics to get dental screening, and treatments.

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. This summer, 330 children attending the OLA camp have received dental health screening, care and education by dentists who volunteered at the camp from different international and local medical institutions. 

The professional team from France UMAF consisted of dentists: Drs. Georges Aboulian, Georges Mosditchian, Jean-Michel Bonvarlet, Jean-Pierre Kibarian, Emmanuel Boyadjian and Apraham Garabedian. This is the 3rd year that they volunteering at the camp and providing best dental care for the camp children who are coming from various residential institutions and vulnerable families all over Armenia. 

Also, joining the international team were two new young dentists from "Astghik" medical center in Yerevan are Drs. Anahit Vardanyan and Aram Avetisyan, who came to volunteer at the camp.

OLA Gyumri clinic continued to provide dental care from June- August, recessing for the Tsaghgadzor summer camp. 53 children received dental support at the Gyumri Dental care clinic. The children were mainly from day care centers and disadvantaged families of the community. 

In July, 2018, Satenik Hovhannisyan, a student from Kanaker Center who is specializing in Erebuni Dental College was awarded a tuition sponsorship through SOAR sponsorship program started to practice in Gyumri clinic. The new working session of SOAR Gyumri dental clinic will start in the middle of September, when children are back to boarding facilities, center and institutions. The dental nurse will set up individual appointments with institutions and follow with the list of appointments.

In addition, another plan has been developed to start in September 2018. Gyumri dental staff will conduct visits to remote village areas, to organize examination of the children's dental problems and organize appointments for them.   

Visiting dentists who have volunteered at the clinic, offer the 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. However, with the increased number of children and families seeking to receive treatments at the clinic, there has been the overwhelming need for a permanent dentist to provide professional services at the clinic. This makes the role of "SOAR Dental Care Program" in Tsaghgadzor and Gyumri very crucial for the most disadvantaged children and families in these communities! To continue our efforts in reaching out to the poor and the orphaned children, 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 equipment, materials and other much needed operational items. 

Your past support has made it possible for Armenia’s orphans and elderly to receive regular, oral health screenings and treatment by qualified dental health professionals. You made it possible to build and operate the dental clinics in Gyumri, Tsaghgadzor, and remote regions of Armenia!

We are grateful for generous donors like you. No amount is too small. Imagine what your continued support can bring to the poorest populations in Armenia! Give what you can to relieve pain and suffering and to foster a smile on the faces of the less fortunate! 

Together, we are making a difference!

Your tax-deductible donations are accepted through the Global Giving Dental Care Campaign for Orphans. (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dental-care-clinics-for-orphans-in-armenia).

Dr. Lora Amatuni at SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri
Dr. Lora Amatuni at SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri

"Smiling Teeth, Smiling Child"          

 SOAR DENTAL CLINIC   

Gyumri, Ani District & OLA Tsaghgadzor Summer Camp

Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign.

In the footsteps of inspiring acts of advocacy and giving, let's make our lives meaningful by making a greater impact on the lives of others.

SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri, fully operational, staffed with permanent staff and volunteers are serving the children of Gyumri!

 Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian Jr. -Project leaders 

In 2015, after an in-depth research, SOAR recognized the overwhelming and prevalent conditions of severe poverty and lack of any dental care in Gyumri and other remote regions of Armenia. 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. SOAR began building a Dental Clinic on the premises of Our Lady of Armenia Center, to provide free dental care to all of Gyumri. Thanks to GlobalGiving Campaigns and its kind supporters, that dream came true in March of 2016. 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 free of charge and open to the public since its start. 

Visiting dentists who have volunteered at the clinic, offered the 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. However, with the increased number of children and families seeking to receive treatments at the clinic, there has been the overwhelming need for a permanent dentist to provide professional services at the clinic. 

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Lora Amatuni has joined SOAR Dental Clinic. She is specialized in pediatrics dentistry and has worked at several dental polyclinics. In addition, SOAR has been able to staff the clinic with auxiliary dental care personnel, assistants and support staff. SOAR's current dental team constitutes of Dr. Lora Amatuni, dental assistant - Emma Hakobyan, administrative assistant - Tatev Tumasyan, volunteer and dental student -Satenik Sargsyan. 

Since March 2018, SOAR Gyumri Dental Clinic at the Our Lady of Armenia Center, has provided services to 90 children from neighboring orphanages, day care and boarding facilities. Many families from the community in need of dental are registering on a monthly basis. The dental clinic staff is also conducting seminars to educate and provide preventative measures for proper dental treatment and protection of teeth in different communities and facilities. Seminars have already been scheduled at 3 day care centers where kids attend from disadvantaged communities and vulnerable families. During the seminars, dental care products such as brushes and toothpaste are going to be handed out to the children to help them achieve continued dental hygiene.

Concurrently, SOAR Dental Clinic at the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) Summer Camp in the mountains of Tsaghgadzor, will host 800 children from different orphanages of Armenia in June of 2018. SOAR Dental Care Program" was extended to the summer camp in 2016 where each year children are gathered from the orphanages, 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.   These children will have an opportunity to receive dental care support at the camp. This year, SOAR board member and volunteer Dr. Ross Norian will visit camp in the summer and provide dental services to the kids.

This makes the role of "SOAR Dental Care Program" in Tsaghgadzor and Gyumri very crucial for the most disadvantaged children and families in these communities! To continue our efforts in reaching out to the poor and the orphaned children, 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 equipment, materials and other much needed operational items.

Your past support has made it possible for Armenia’s orphans and elderly to receive regular, oral health screenings and treatment by qualified dental health professionals. You made it possible to build and operate the dental clinics in Gyumri, Tsaghgadzor, and remote regions of Armenia! 

We are grateful for generous donors like you. No amount is too small. Imagine what your continued support can bring to the poorest populations in Armenia! Give what you can to relieve pain and suffering and to foster a smile on the faces of the less fortunate! 

Together, we are making a difference! Your tax-deductible donations are accepted through the Global Giving Dental Care Campaign for Orphans (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dental-care-clinics-for-orphans-in-armenia)

Children from community receiving dental care
Children from community receiving dental care
Families from Gyumri getting dental care
Families from Gyumri getting dental care
"Smiling Teeth, Smiling Child" SOAR Dental Care
"Smiling Teeth, Smiling Child" SOAR Dental Care
Children Recieving Dental Care in Gyumri Dental
Children Recieving Dental Care in Gyumri Dental

                                                       "Smiling Teeth, Smiling Child"      

"Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign."

 

SOAR Dental Activities of Gyumri Have Achieved a Wider Reach to Help Disadvantaged Kids in Children Care Facilities and Villages.

Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian Jr. -Project leaders 

In the grip of destitution, live many children and families in Gyumri and across Armenia. Struggling to find food, water, and medicine, oral hygiene is nonexistent for them.

Such stories are the norm of the population. Many Armenians live in makeshift homes and “domiks,” metal houses. In the outskirts of Gyumri, living conditions are even harsher, with no running water, any electricity, and dental health care. Recognizing these conditions are so prevalent, SOAR built a Dental Clinic in Gyumri (Spitak region), Kharberd orphanage (near Yerevan), and at the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) summer camp of Tsaghgadzor to provide free dental care to all of its community members. 

Since SOAR founded a Dental Clinic in Gyumri in 2015, it has been able to reach 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. Thanks to Global Giving Campaigns and its kind supporters, that dream came true in March of 2016. Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign. At the SOAR dental clinic in Gyumri, hundreds of children and poor families receive free care by licensed dentists, interns, and hygienists. 

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.  

On February of 2018, SOAR dental care clinic team launched an organized campaign of visits to the Children Care Facilities in the region. The main goal is educate the disadvantaged kids about the basic proper care of their teeth. They aim to raise awareness of teeth and gum health including: causes, protection and prevention of decay. Also to emphasize the importance of daily tooth hygiene, diet, regular dental care and checkups. 

The first facility that SOAR Dental Clinic team visited was Nansen boarding school in Gyumri.  After proper presentation by dental hygienist about the topic the doctor examined 56 children. During the exam, the teeth were cleaned, flossed, and checked for cavities. Of the total number of children examined, 17 children were identified who needed further treatment and vitamins, 20 children needed pull out, 9 children needed dental cleaning and 10 kids needed fluoride treatment. After visit the corresponding information was sent to the director of the facility and kids were scheduled for visits. Upon the completion of the exams, each child received a dental care package which included toothbrushes and dental hygiene items.  

SOAR Dental Care team are planning to make this program ongoing for the other facilities in the city and involve rural village schools where the conditions are much more complicated...

Their visit to Nansen Care facility was one big step towards an effective and positive impact that SOAR dental care campaign is making through its dedicated professionals and volunteers. 

Your support has made it possible for Armenia’s orphans and elderly to receive regular, oral health screenings and treatment by qualified dental health professionals. Your support realized the dental care in Gyumri, Kharberd, Tsaghgadzor, and remote regions of Armenia! Make 2018 a year of giving! Give what you can to relieve pain and suffering and to foster a smile on the faces of the less fortunate. In the footsteps of inspiring acts of advocacy and giving, let's make our lives meaningful by making a greater impact on the lives of others.

Your tax-deductible donations are accepted through the Global Giving Dental Care Campaign for Orphans (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dental-care-clinics-for-orphans-in-armenia). No amount is too small. Imagine what your continued support can bring to the poorest populations in Armenia!

We are grateful for generous donors like you. Together, we are making a difference!

SOAR Dentist providing dental care to children
SOAR Dentist providing dental care to children
Dental packages for children by SOAR Dental team
Dental packages for children by SOAR Dental team
SOAR dental hygenist cleaning teeth and teaching
SOAR dental hygenist cleaning teeth and teaching
Families waiting to receive dental care
Families waiting to receive dental care
Dr. Sani and Dental School Students
Dr. Sani and Dental School Students

Dental Professionals from Fresno and Armenia Volunteer at SOAR Dental Care Clinics and Provide Much Needed Support and Services.

Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign! 

Submitted by Kohar Mardirossian Pelter and George Yacoubian Jr. -Project leaders

In a recent speech, super star and human rights advocate, Angelina Jolie said: “Nothing would mean anything if I didn't have a life of use to others.”

Arpine Petrosyan was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth. She cannot speak or communicate. She is one of the 4 children to a single mother, Narine, who struggles to take care of Arpine and her other children. They live in a village in Armenia, in severely poor conditions, where dental services are non-existent. With poor dental health, Arpine, like many children throughout Armenia, is at a very high risk of extensive health problems, malnutrition, infections, and a wide spectrum of debilitating illnesses. Arpine and her siblings are young and full of hope. However, the dim reality of their lives awakens them to pain, suffering, and extreme poverty. Under the grip of destitution live many children and families in Gyumri and across Armenia. Struggling to find food, water, and medicine, oral hygiene is nonexistent for them.

Such stories form the norm of the population. Many Armenians live in makeshift homes and “domiks,” metal houses. In the outskirts of Gyumri, Arpine lives a very harsh life, with no running water, no electricity, and dental health care.

Recognizing these conditions are so prevalent, SOAR built a Dental Clinic in Gyumri (Spitak region), Kharberd orphanage (near Yerevan), and at the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) summer camp (in Tsaghgadzor) to provide free dental care to all of its community members. Thanks to Global Giving Campaigns and its kind supporters, that dream came true in March of 2016. Providing quality dental care to the institutionalized and otherwise underprivileged children is at the heart of SOAR’s dental campaign. At the SOAR dental clinic in Gyumri, hundreds of patients receive free care by licensed dentists, interns, and hygienists.

In October 2017, SOAR-Fresno cooperated with two dentists who travelled to Armenia to provide dental care at the SOAR-supported clinics. More than 150 children with special needs in “Children’s Home of Gyumri” and “Emil Aregak” were assisted by Ronald Sani, D.D.S. , Liza Mkrtchyan and Arman Gevorgyan, students of Yerevan State Medical University Dental Department volunteered to assist the dentists while at the same time gaining added training in dental care.

Arpine and her family were ecstatic about the care! Their mother, Narine, was very thankful for this unique opportunity. This is “handful kindness” to my kids provided by SOAR.

Throughout the summer, more than 820 children received dental services at the Tsaghgadzor camp.

Another dentist, Dr. Vache Vasilyan, visited Kharberd Orphanage where SOAR has previously constructed a dental suite and examined children with disabilities. More than 44 kids in Kharberd residential care facility received corresponding cavity and teeth treatment.

In addition to providing services, the volunteers raised funds and brought dental instruments with them to the SOAR Dental Clinic in Gyumri and Kharberd Dental Suite.

In the footsteps of inspiring acts of advocacy and giving, like Angelina Jolie, let's make our lives meaningful by making a greater impact on the lives of others. We are grateful for generous donors like you. Together, we are making a difference! 

Your support has made it possible for Armenia’s orphans and elderly to receive regular, oral health screenings and treatment by qualified dental health professionals. Your support realized the dental care in Gyumri, Kharberd, Tsaghgadzor, and remote regions of Armenia! During this Holiday Season, give what you can to relieve pain and suffering and to foster a smile on the faces of the less fortunate.

Your tax-deductible donations are accepted through the Global Giving Dental Care Campaign for Orphans (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/dental-care-clinics-for-orphans-in-armenia). No amount is too small. Imagine what your continued support can bring to the poorest populations in Armenia!

Thank you!

Dr. Ronald Sani from Fresno Dental School
Dr. Ronald Sani from Fresno Dental School
Arpine getting dental care at SOAR Dental Clinic
Arpine getting dental care at SOAR Dental Clinic
Children and Families with Dr. Sani
Children and Families with Dr. Sani
Dentist providing care at Tsaghgadzor Summer Camp
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
Tsahgadzor children receiving dental care
A boy receiving dental care first time in his life
A boy receiving dental care first time in his life
SOAR Dental Care Volunteers at the summer camp
SOAR Dental Care Volunteers at the summer camp
 

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Location: King of Prussia, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​soar-us.org
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Kohar Pelter
King of Prussia, PA United States

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