Project #7713

Provide Dental Care to Families in Gulu, N. Uganda

by Women's Global Empowerment Fund

In June of 2011, Women's Global Empowerment Fund hosted it's second dental clinic, providing women and families access to critical dental care. Joining forces with a local dentist, our visiting US dental team provided over 150 women and children with dental care.

The clinic also provided supplies to the local dentist who is lacking in equipment and supplies, created outreach and education to the community about the importance of dental care. WGEF hopes to be able to host another clinic in 2013.

This project is now closed, and we are appreciative of all who donated. Thank you.


dental clinic May 2011
dental clinic May 2011

Women’s Global Empowerment Fund offers microcredit loans and educational programming to women in northern Uganda, specifically in and around Gulu. Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment.

Project Summary:

The Big Smile Dental Clinic was held May 29th thru June 1st for clients and families participating in the Credit Plus program.  A dental/medical team from Denver, Colorado traveled to Gulu to provide free dental care and hygiene to Women’s Global. Dr. Mark Novolen, DDS and volunteers worked with Gulu based dentist Dr. Joseph, to provide quality dental care and education to the women and families in our program.

A full range of dental services was provided, including:  fillings, extractions, etc.The clinic will be held in the Women’s Global offices, with assistance from volunteers, ensuring that our clients are organized and their dental needs are met. This is an important opportunity for our clients and their families, to receive quality dental care and education that will last a lifetime, adding to the goal of creating sustainable development for our participants.

Over 2.5 days the dentists were able to see over 170 patients, relieving pain and providing critical medical care. Our peer counselors participated, running the check-in and check-out procedures, helping patient who were in pain, ensuring that the clinic was a success for their community.

We hope you continue to support WGEF’s Dental Clinic and the right to access quality dental care in post conflict northern Uganda.

Peer Counselors volunteering in their community
Peer Counselors volunteering in their community

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Organization Information

Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Location: denver, colorado - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Sugar
Founder and Director
Denver, Colorado United States

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