Saturday February 15 was our start date;
We are stepping out in Faith to accomplish a “Hope Made Real” we have started.
Your help will let us continue. Thank you for making Dental training and Dental care possible at Urukundo Learning Center.
Kenilla having treatment
This month marks the second step toward our goal for a Technical University at the Learning Center. The first step was the Sewing Center where students learn about machines, sewing, tailoring etc.
Treadle sewing machine
Sewing School Building
The second step is
Rwanda Dental Initiative 2014
It is our goal to have several practical teaching programs when university is not an option. The Sewing Center and the Dental Initiative projects are just the beginning of a future for better health and better technical education for Muhanga District and we hope for all of Rwanda.
We have seen so many children at our school with mouth problems. If there had been education for the parents at an early age most of the problems could have been avoided. Prevention is so important. There are over 250 children in our school and that is only preschool and Grade 1 and 2. These are community children.
Our program for the Dental Initiative will be to educate the parents, which means a parent must come with their child and be present for the examination and meet the dentist. They will learn how to help their children and in turn help themselves. We can’t just teach the children, we must also educate the parents.
We will start with the parents of the very young in hopes that instead of taking a small child while teething to a cultural doctor, where the practice is to destroy the teeth below the gum, they will come to Urukundo Dental Program to get help.
Two young men trained in dentistry are donating their time to Urukundo in hopes of training others in the field as assistants to the dentist AND they will be working with the Home, school and community to prevent dental problems in the future. This will be a certificate program. Our graduates will be qualified to accept employment as trained personnel for dental programs throughout Rwanda.
Needs for the DENTAL INITIATIVE
Pressure Cooker for sterilization
- Composite curing lights
- Prophy cups & paste
- Mirrors & Mirror handles
- Any tools for cleaning teeth
- Cotton Rolls
- Gifts of cash to purchase a hot plate and a pressure cooker for sterilizing tools
- Stainless steel containers for holding sterilized tools
***We are starting from scratch.
The Spot Lamp & our Dental Chair
Saturday February 15 was our start date; we are stepping out in Faith to accomplish a “Hope Made Real” we have started.
Your help will let us continue. Thank you for making Dental Training and Dental Care possible at Urukundo Learning Center.
Kenilla having treatment.
John Paul having his teeth cleaned.
Screening began this week on the children at our school. Notices were sent home to parents if a problem was detected. Dental work will start on the first 20 patients on Saturday March 1,2014. Our main problem is the lack of tools for extractions and our urgent need for a sterilizer. Hoping for that.