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Vietnam 2004
(22 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/20/2007)

Mekong Delta - Tien Giang Province - rural elementary schools. Central Vietnam - Hue - Elementary Schools and Center of the Blind.

Vietnam 2005
(17 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/8/2007)

Mekong Delta - Tien Giang Province - Rural elementary schools in six new villages

Vietnam 2006
(29 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/10/2007)

Mekong Delta - Tien Giang Province in different rural villages. Central Highland - Elementary schools for tribal children and Orphanage Vinh Son.

Vietnam 2006 Dental Education
(34 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/18/2007)

January 10, 2006 Tien Giang Province - Mekong Delta Elementary schools of Dong Son.
Sept 20 - 21, 2006 - Elementary schools in the hamlet of Bau Lam, and elementary school on the island of Long Son, Vung Tau Ba Ria Province.

Vietnam 2006 Beyond Dental Relief
(15 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/11/2007)

DDS4Kids also offer aid to victims of tragic accidents and birth defects, the suffering families our team comes to know during our dental relief operation in rural and remote villages.

AFRICA - Sierra Leone 1988
(0 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/11/2007)

Traveling over a thousand miles during the four week mobil dental operation, reaching children in rural schools and villages.

Vietnam 2005 - Beyond Dental Relief
(9 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/17/2007)

Helping children and adults receiving the needed reconstructive surgeries to rebuild their lives after tragic accidents. Providing wheelchairs to the children of families who could never afford such "luxury".

Vietnam 2004 - Dental Education Programs
(6 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/13/2007)

Regurlar visit to the elementary school of Bau Lam and Long Son to provide dental education training to the local school teachers and to give show-and-tell toothbrushing session to the school children.

Vietnam 2005 - Dental Education Program
(24 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/13/2007)

Beside the on-going dental education program in Vung Tau Ba Ria Province, DDS4Kids is adding Tien Giang Province, expanding the 5-year dental education program to the elementary school in rural communities of the Mekong Delta.

(0 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/16/2007)

Dental education training provided to children grade 1-3 and to teachers of 30 elementary school all over Gambia

Vietnam 2004 - Beyond Dental Relief
(11 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/18/2007)

Helping the tribal children and burned victims from rural areas and the Central Higland to receive cleft lip cleft palate and other reconstruction surgery.

Vietnam 1993
(0 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/20/2007)

Visiting School of the Blind in Saigon and center of the handicapped in Go Vap.

Vietnam 1996
(0 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/20/2007)

Dental Relief Operiation in Ha Noi at the School for the Blind, Center for Street Children, elementary school of Gia Lam. In Saigon, the orphanage of Terre des Hommes.

Vietnam 2007 - Dental Education Program
(14 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/1/2007)

January 24-25 Bau Lam and Long Son elementary schools. January 30 Tien Giang province, 5 elementary schools of Dong Son and Hung Thanh.

VIETNAM 2007 Dental Relief Operation
(22 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 4/7/2007)

March 16 - March 30 - Tien Giang Province, 5 elementary schools in the District of Go Cong, Cai Be, Cai Lay, Cho Gao, and Chau Thanh, plus 2 communities of Tan Phong and Dong Hoa Hiep.

2007 July-August INDIA
(19 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 10/9/2007)

3 weeks of dental relief operation in the Himalayas - Providing free dental services at different Tibetan Settlements in Leh, and remote villages in Ladakh region - Bimah, Hanu, Saspol,Tangste, and Karzok. Jamu & Kashmir is the state of India that comprises the northern most mountain range spanning between Pakistan and China-occupied Tibet.

Vietnam 2007- Beyond Dental Relief
(26 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 10/12/2007)

September 24-October 2, 2007 - Helping families in distant villages of Daklak, Phu Yen, Ca Mau, Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, Tien Giang, and Can Tho to come to the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Saigon for facial reconstruction surgery.

Vietnam 2007-Beyond Dental Relief
(13 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 10/20/2007)

October 15 - 17, 2007 - Helping another group of children from Vinh Long, Can Tho, Quy Nhon, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Binh Thuan, Long An, Dong Thap, and Daklak to receive the needed surgical treatment at the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Saigon.

Vietnam 2007 - Dental Education Program
(7 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/3/2007)

October 29-30, 2007- DDS4kids five-year dental education program continues in 5 elementary schools serving 1,902 students from 5 to 10 years old in Tien Giang Province with the participation of the teachers, school administration and Red Cross health care workers.

COSTA RICA - October 2020
(10 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

Working with CEPIA - a nonprofit organization in Guanacaste province helping at-risk children of poor families. Dental health education and menstruation health for girls are greatly needed here.

Vietnam 2007 - Beyond Dental Relief
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/5/2007)

November 4 - 9, 2007 - Thanks to the continuing support from caring people like you, DDS4Kids org. are able to provide financial assistance, transportation and hospital support to 15 severely burned patients and 11 cleft lips cleft palate patients from remote villages of Tien Giang, Daklak, Lam Dong, Dong Nai to Saigon for reconstruction surgery performed by a team of volunteer American plastic surgeons as part of the Burn & Facial Reconstruction Mission to VN.

Tennessee - Children Health & Maintenace Plan (CHAMP)
(9 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/10/2007)

November 2, 2007 - Dr. Lan Jones provided free dental screening for Winfield School in Scott County, 216 students from K – 8th grade as part of the Appalachian Life Quality Initiative for Children’s Welfare program. ALQI partners with the community to promote health, education and other programs especially for the underserved children. This partnership will be a lifelong process enabling each child to be an educated, confidant, self-directed, and a positive member of an ever-changing global society. It’s extremely rewarding to help children, regardless of geography. Children are like children everywhere in the world. They need to be loved, cared for, and EDUCATED.

Vietnam 2007 - Dental Education Program
(8 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/8/2008)

December 6 - Welcome Dr. Hue upon her return to VN and continues to join hand with DDS4Kids. As part of the five year dental program, 1,440 elementary school children received dental health education in 3 different school of Long Son Island, Vung Tau Ba Ria province.

(15 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 3/26/2008)

An incredible trip with 7 volunteers from the US and 1 from the UK and 4 from Saigon. We traveled on bumpy dirt roads, took long boat rides to reach very remote villages to set up our dental clinics. The first week our team were in Tien Giang province, set up clinics in Cai Be, Go Cong Dong, Tan Phuong, Chau Thanh, seeing total of 1,736 elementary school children. The second week in Long An Province we treated 708 children in distant village of Thu Thua district and Tan Thanh District. Our team also provided dental health sessions to villagers as part of our community empowerment effort to prevent dental diseases, made gift bags for 1,209 mothers and pre-school children in Tien Giang Province, 752 in Long An Province. DDS4Kids is the only humanitarian organization that reached different remote villages of VN and provide continuous dental health dental education since 1996.

(12 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

We do the same every year when we traveled to VN, in every village we reached, every child we treated, it is the same work, day after day, and year after year, yet every mission trip is filled with excitement and joy. Every year, we try to reach the distant villages that no team has ever been, we spent hours on the dirt road, crossing rivers by boat and ferry, we come to where the children live, in their rural towns, in their elementary schools, we come to say that "YES WE CARE". Our VN 2009 team consisted of volunteers from the US, Canada, and VN. We helped each other, working closely everyday to make seeing 300 kids or more a day possible, what a team. If you see us work, it's like seeing our hearts dance..... In the tropical heat of the long days we treated a sea of school children in our make shift clinics: an exam station, a waiting table where the kids play with puzzles and coloring books while waiting for their turn, 2 stations of fluoride treatment, 2 stations of surgery, 1 station of sterilization, 1 station as pharmacy, and one station as gift package pick-up. Behind the scene we are lucky to have a team of dedicated helpers who boil water to make milk for our patients, get hundreds and hundreds of gift packages ready, cook lunch for our team, bring us drinks and snack during the long day when we had no time to stop for break. Actually there is no break, we start working the minute we reach the school, and we only make a short stop for lunch and then go on until the last kid is treated and there is no more daylight. We travel over 10,000 miles to get to these villages, and we want to help the most kids as we could, that is all to it.

Vietnam 2009 - Dental Education Program
(6 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

Five year dental program given to some of the poorest elementary schools in the Mekong Delta where thousands of village children receive year round dental health education with gift of toothbrushes and school supplies.

Vietnam 2009 - Beyond Dental Relief
(4 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

Every year when our team traveled into remote villages, we met children with different health issues who desperately need help. DDS4Kids provides financial and emotional assistance to the families so the children can get needed surgical treatment in major hospitals in Saigon.

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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".

(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.

(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.

(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?

(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.

(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 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.

(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 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 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 2019
(39 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/27/2021)

The mountainous region of Northern Vietnam is home of many indigenous communities who subsist on the land through agricultural means as their ancestors have been doing for thousands of years. Our team reached a Boarding School near the border of Laos, and other rural schools near the border of China.

ECUADOR - May 2019
(32 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/27/2021)

Dental education sessions for the children, and menstruation health for girls sessions at Hope Orphanage Center for handicapped children in Quito, and for the elementary school children of the indigenous tribe in the Amazon forest on the bank of Napo River, Ecuador. Gifts of dental supplies and needed medication for the dentists and hospitals on the Galapagos islands.

EL SALVADOR - December 2019
(19 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/2/2021)

The rural communities of El Zonte, a small quiet seaside town where people still cook food on 3 rocks and children play barefoot on dirt roads. Parents and children are most appreciative of the health education sessions and the gifts of school supplies, household products, and dental supplies.

COLOMBIA, South America, December 2020
(9 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

The first-ever dental health program and menstruation health for girls in the remote areas near the border of Venezuela, many indigenous communities live in the mountains of Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. On the outskirts of Cartanega is a sprawling neighborhood of La Boquilla, little kids got dental health education and gifts, little girls also got menstruation health and kits that they can use for many years.

COSTA RICA - March 2021
(10 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

Serving school children in elementary schools of CEPIA Foundation and a poor barrio of Guanacaste.

(18 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

Volunteered at the free clinic of Sofia Foundation serving the poor neighborhood of La Cienega, Cabarete.

(10 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

Join hand with SoFia Foundation to provide free dental health and menstruation health programs for poor families in La Cienega neighborhood.

(23 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

There are thousands of people living in the sprawling neighborhood of La Cienega who can use a little help hand, Sofia Foundation free clinic gives so much to the children and young adults who live with so little. Another school for girls from poor families in Cabarete is Mariposa Foundation - empowering girls from eggs to beautiful butterlies, our dental health and menstruation health programs for girls are a huge success! We also added Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases to our health program!

EL SALVADOR - December 2021
(11 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 2/28/2022)

Providing dental health education, menstruation health education, and prevention of sexual transmitted disease education for the small community of El Zonte, La Libertad.

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