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(59 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/19/2019)

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VIETNAM March 2019
(38 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/19/2019)

We came from Washington, California, and Tennessee to join hands with our Vietnam team to bring the much needed dental care and dental education to children living in the remote villages of Central and South Vietnam. We traveled by plane, bus, boat, and even by motorcycle to areas where there are only narrow roads for motorcycles or on foot. And one school can only be reached by boat. On this trip we had for the first time an entire family volunteered, Dr. Yolanda Mangrum, her husband Tom Walsh and their two sons, 13 years old Thomas, and 11 years old Patrick. Patrick is the youngest volunteer in our 35 year history. Our team helped over 2,000 elementary school children and 500 families with children from birth to 4 years old.

VIETNAM November 2018
(29 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/14/2019)

We traveled on rugged winding narrow twisted mountain roads to reach the village of Tai Xua in Son La province ( closed to the Laostian border) and the village of Ban Peo in Gia Lai province (closed to the border with China) where children live with very little, many still live without electricity even though the temperature can drop below freezing and there is snow and ice storm. Beside dental education program, we also provided winter jackets for 600 elementary school children.

VIETNAM 2018 - DENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
(4 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 6/27/2018)

In May, Tram led a team of volunteers traveled to 8 elementary schools in rural remote villages to carry out dental education program to 2,000 children. At some villages the team had to travel by motorcycles as there is no road for for 4 wheel vehicles.

VIETNAM March 2018
(21 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 6/27/2018)

5 of us from the US, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Tennessee, met with our VN team in Saigon and combined with a team of dentist and dental students in Hue, Central VN, our team of 18 worked together to bring free dental care to children of 5 elementary schools in the remote village of Nam Dong province. We also reached an elementary school in Soc Trang and one in An Giang.

VIETNAM 2017 - BEYOND DENTAL RELIEF
(5 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/23/2017)

Dental relief services are not about removing badly infected teeth and treating dental diseases. It is truly about community empowerment with basic dental health education, it's mainly about disease prevention and having healthy dentition, because good dental health is good general health, and HEALTH is the most valuable thing in life. Our dental health education program for elementary school children is reaching to tens of thousands of children all year round, school year after school year after school year, we will continue to reach out to new schools each year as we have the last 25 years in Vietnam.

VIETNAM 2017
(28 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/23/2017)

Our team of volunteers came from Seattle-WA, Buffalo-NY, Pittsburgh-PA, Birmingham-AL, Knoxville-TN, Saigon and Long An-Vietnam, together we set up clinic at 2 orphanages, one school for the handicapped children in Vung Tau Ba Ria province, and we traveled to 4 remote villages of Nam Dong in Binh Thuan province in Central Vietnam. It was a deep joy to be able to make life a little better for the people who lives with so little.

AFRICA - UGANDA - 2016
(13 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/20/2016)

If you live without electricity and running water, how would you spend your day? And if you do have electricity and running water, would you not want to share with those who are not so lucky?

VIETNAM 2016 - BEYOND DENTAL RELIEF
(9 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/20/2016)

EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION, should we say more? We have reached tens of thousands of children in rural villages of Vietnam since 1996. DDS4Kids also support children with needed surgical treatment and school tuition in dire situations.

VIETNAM 2014
(14 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/20/2016)

We came from Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, Washington, USA and joining hand with our team in Saigon, Long An, Tien Giang and Hue, Vietnam, and with the support of many of you at home, we were able to pull off another TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
Please visit the travelog in the column "Notes".

VIETNAM 2015
(13 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/20/2016)

The most important work in our effort to better the lives of those we serve is empowerment through health education. Our team came from Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. We traveled by ferries to reach an elementary school on a remote island in the Mekong Delta and also visited a small elementary school for children with special needs in Vung Tau Ba Ria province.

VIETNAM 2013
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 11/14/2013)

Working along side with the Tien Giang Red Cross, our combined team served thousands of children and adults in remote villages of the Mekong Delta. Please read the travelog for a full report of this exceptional dental outreach.

VIETNAM 2012
(30 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 7/5/2012)

Another unforgettable dental operation for DDS4Kids team! We came from different parts of North America and together we rolled our sleeve up and served hundreds of elementary school children all day long, day after day in different villages, only stopped for a short lunch break. We worked extremely well together, had to work hard and fast so all the children in each school were seen. We had the most fun mixed with an unmeasurable amount of deep satisfaction and personal reward.

VIETNAM 2011
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 7/31/2011)

We came from Ottawa - Canada, North Carolina and Tennessee - USA, London - England, Cologne - Germany, Tel Aviv - Israel, and Saigon - Vietnam to join hand providing free dental care and dental education for children and families living in deep poverty. Our team traveled to 11 remote villages in the province of Tien Giang, Long An, and Phan Thiet. One of the most endearing memory of this trip was the day we had to cross two rivers to reach a remote island, at the first river there was a ferry that can take vehicles across to the island. Then we had to drive a long way on this island to reach the other side where we had to unload all of our supplies in a large truck and 2 vans onto a small old ferry. We had to form a human chain from shore to the ferry. Once the ferry took us to the second island, 1 mile wide by 6 mile long, we walked to the school, everyone carry some supplies, the school teachers rode their scooters to the shore to help us with the rest of the supplies. It was one of the smallest community we have served, everyone is most kind, gentle, appreciative, and the children are very well behaved and adorable. At the end of the day, it was pitch black when we packed up, we took the old ferry to return to the other shore. The tide had changed and the ferry could not dock close to shore so all of us rolled up our pants, took off our shoes, waded through the water and mud (while some one joked about water snakes and leeches) formed a human chain and loaded the remain of our supplies back onto the waiting vans and truck. The memories of that evening by the Mekong River in moonlight will forever stay with us and enrich our lives. Thousands of children were served at each village, and thousands of families received household gifts and the needed knowledge to help themselves as they participated in the health education sessions our team provided every where we went.

Vietnam 2010
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/22/2010)

It was another successful dental operation for our team. We are dentists, dental students, and non-dental volunteers from the US, UK, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam. We worked side by side with the local Red Cross staff treating 200-300 children a day. Our team traveled to 9 remote villages in Tien Giang and Long An provinces. To reach some village elementary schools we have to cross rivers on ferries and sometimes, walked the rest of the way when there is no road wide enough for our vans. Everywhere we go, we also provide dental education sessions and gifts of useful household items to hundreds of family with children under 5 years of age. There is nothing more satisfying than to be able to help the children and families of farmers, labor workers, people who have very little, who truly deserve our help, and who are grateful for our effort. We are looking forward to VN 2011 with another international team of volunteers.



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