The clinic, which took place this past March, included two dentists, three hygienists, one assistant and four volunteers. The mission to provide care to these children began with a desire to touch their lives by providing a service they desperately needed: routine dental maintenance. Prior to the annual visits, the children only received dental care for emergency needs.
Bethel Orphanage was founded by Josefina Valencia, who began taking in abandoned children off the streets of Juarez and welcoming them into her own home over 30 years ago. Since then, the orphanage has blossomed into a loving environment for over 100 children. The orphanage is funded by donations; they do not receive any type of funding from the local government.
During the first day of the mission, the team provided dental screenings to prioritize restorative needs, which was followed by two days of cleanings, fluoride varnish treatments, fillings, extractions and oral hygiene education to the children and the orphanage staff.
In addition to the routine dental procedures, two children had cleft palates which required surgical intervention. The team was not prepared for complex cases, but located a dental supply and purchased the necessary items needed to repair the cleft palates. Prior to the surgery, one patient could not drink without the liquid coming out of his nose. Both patients are now able to eat and drink properly.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for the generous donation of dental supplies. The children were blessed beyond measure thanks to your support. We are eager to return to Bethel Orphanage next April and for many years to come.