For the past eleven years our office has participated in a Project providing dental care in Nicaragua. What started as a small trip with three dentists and 5 Loma Linda University dental students, has now blossomed into something very significant. Out of that small beginning came the "Foundation for Worldwide Health" and Projects in Nicaragua which include the students and faculty of the dental schools in Nicaragua.
Each year we go to Nicaragua for two weeks. This last year we took twenty American dentists, twenty-three Loma Linda dental students and 15 auxiliaries. For every American involved there are approximately two Nicaraguans. We provide care at 5 different clinics. This work includes providing care for special needs children, who require general anesthesia. Some of the children that we work on spend endless hours in the city dump, trying to help provide for their families. All the patients are poor and would not otherwise easily receive dental care. Our office supports a dentist who provides dental care to people in the villages where there is no care. She works for AMOS Help and Hope, an NGO (non governmental organization) that teaches villages to provide their own healthcare. She also was one of the first Nicaraguan students that worked with us. Over the years we have had many of our patients participate as nurses, dentists, translators & other support staff.