Bob Swanson ~ Today we wrapped up our last day of dental clinic and saw more people today than any other day. For the four and a half days of clinic we saw 561 people and pulled 647 teeth. It has been a very successful trip. My only regret is that we see so many children with such bad teeth. It is very difficult to see these young children getting teeth pulled. I am always impressed with the toughness of these Haitian kids. Most of them are getting teeth pulled without the parents present and they never flinch when the teeth are being pulled. I hope that the more fluoride we can get to these kids we may see an improvement in their teeth over time. Tim has done a great job once again leading the team through a successful trip. Unfortunately it does not look like we are going to be able to get the latrine built on this trip, but we have come away with a lot of valuable information. It has been a great trip, and I thank the Parish of St. Michael’s for their ongoing commitment to Haiti. I really feel like it is making a difference in many people’s lives. I also thank St. Michael’s for allowing me to go to represent them. It is a great experience for me, and I am grateful for their generosity. I am looking forward to see what else can be accomplished in Haiti. The people are great people to work with.
Tim Ryan ~ It was a great week helping over 500 people who suffered from tooth pain. It’s unfortunate that this clinic was only for extractions, but hopefully we will move into fillings in the future. Something that breaks my heart is that when school let out the last three days, the school children lined up to have a tooth pulled. The students ranged in age from 5 to 17 years old. The number of students who received extractions was greater than 100. To me this has to change, and I ask for your prayers that we can turn this around. What gives me hope in this effort is that I have been involved in helping another community in Haiti change for the better when it comes to health and dental. So we just do it again!