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International volunteer projects receive ADA Foundation grants

August 28, 2018

Five international dental volunteer organizations that oversee projects in Central America and Asia are the recipients of a new grant program through the ADA Foundation.

Image of ADA Foundation logoThe grants, up to $5,000 each, are designed to support established U.S.-based nonprofit organizations that are working to improve access to oral health care in underserved communities outside the U.S.

The recipients are:

  • Colonial Presbyterian Church, Kansas City, Missouri. The church conducts dental mission trips to Guatemala and plans to use grant funds to replace its portable dental chairs — many of which are held together with duct tape and bailing wire — and two portable dental operating systems.
  • Global Dental Relief, Denver. Global Dental Relief provides dental care to children in Nepal, India, Guatemala, Kenya and Cambodia. It will use grant funds for a new four-chair portable clinic to be set up in local schools in the foothills of Nepal.
  • MEDICO-Medical Eye Dental International Care Organization, Northlake, Illinois. MEDICO is a humanitarian organization that provides volunteer teams and services throughout Honduras, based on a model of seeing what needs are, and matching available resources to those needs. The organization will use grant funds to purchase a portable dental chair, portable stools and other supplies.
  • Open Wide Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona. The foundation sponsors oral health care providers for about 40 weeks each year in Guatemala. The grant will specifically support a Special Needs Week of care exclusively for patients with developmental disabilities.
  • Strong Villages, Agoura Hills, California. The program provides dental care to populations in Belize, Cuba, Ecuador and India and the U.S. With the grant funds, they plan to add two portable dental units; an addition to the Tumul K’in Health Center in Belize; and purchase supplies.

For those interested in volunteering internationally, visit the ADA Foundation's international volunteering website, ADAFoundation.org/internationalvolunteer, and search for "Opportunities."