Les Bours School was established by the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty in one of the most impoverished cities in the world, Cite Soleil, outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
At first, the school was just that: a school. But over the years it has become a place not just for education, but overall betterment for its students. When describing the need for its on-site health clinic, Les Bours School explains:
“Within our school’s first year, our students were so ill it was essential we open a small school clinic to care for their health and medical needs.”
Providing a safe space, meals, and health care, the school gives children from Cite Soleil the opportunity to overcome their circumstances. In this blog, Kay Verbrugge describes the experience of providing oral health care to the children in Haiti.
Our week providing oral health care in Haiti was very successful. We were able to see many children at the school that our non-profit, Haiti Foundation Against Poverty, has started. We cleaned the teeth of 187 children as well as the staff.
This was our fourth year at the same location and we are so encouraged to see less decay each year. We feel strongly that is because of the oral health education and the fluoride varnish that we apply to everyone.
We are so grateful to the Henry Schein Cares Foundation for providing some of the fluoride packets, toothbrushes, and toothpaste that we distribute each time we go.
We are also able to see many people from the local community. Our days are busy, long, and exhausting, but we feel privileged to help those who never have access to any dental care except for when we come once a year.
This year we were blessed to have two dentists with us. One focused on extractions and the other handled restorative procedures using a new portable dental unit that we were able to take with us. As we return each year, we leave all of our supplies in a secure place at the compound of Haiti Foundation Against Poverty.
Thank you Henry Schein Cares Foundation for making a difference in poverty-stricken Haiti. The people there are very appreciative!