Why not put your passion for helping others to active use? You don’t have to be a dentist or dental healthcare provider to help out! Our projects are currently mobilizing volunteers to assist dentists, hygienists on the ground in many locations. And if you are a dental healthcare professional, join us in brining dental health around the world.
If you’d like to travel with us to help those in need of dental care, we enthusiastically encourage you to reach out to us and indicate your desire to travel with us! You don’t have to be a dental student or hygienist; dental clinics need more than just a dental team. Unskilled volunteers serve crucial support roles and the impact you can have is significant.
Traveling abroad on mercy missions there are guidelines in place that must be upheld. The guidelines are required by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and simply give you realistic expectations as well as give you an idea of what you may be tasked with when working in the field. If you are a pre-dental student or unskilled volunteer you are not asked to perform procedures. In some instances you can receive college credit for the time you spend volunteering (and it looks GREAT on a resume).
The welfare of the patient is first and foremost and all volunteers, skilled and unskilled, should understand this. The work done by all volunteers is so greatly appreciated and acknowledged by the people we serve, and the memories you’ll make will last a lifetime.
We are entirely funded through generous donations from individuals, organizations, churches and through collaborations with corporate sponsors. Your gift provides the financial support allowing us to continue to meet both the dental and spiritual needs of those countries we serve.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Dental Hope for Children is currently serving, with love, the following countries
When someone mentions Africa, Kenya is the location most recalled by those living outside of the country. This is the land of the Maasai, the Turkana, Kikuyu, Swahili and the Samburu, of the elephant, lion and giraffe. It is also an area riddled with poverty and ill health. Our base of operations works out of Kissumu.
Uganda is located in the eastern portion of Africa, and has become a melting pot for many seeking refuge. Nearly 30 different languages are spoken here. We work with many other organizations in this country to provide dental care, help with community outreach, help build churches as well as provide bibles. Our outreach takes part in the northern part of the country at a place called Rhino Camp.
Located close to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic experiences great hardship when it comes to maintaining dental healthcare. Most of the country suffers from devastating poverty. Haiti is also located on the Island and many refugees come into the Dominican Republic seeking asylum. When possible we also serve those living in the Haitian refugee communities near the border. Primarily our work is based in Puerto Plata in Santa Domingo, the nation’s capital. We operate out of base camps in Jicaro and Zacapa.Travel scheduled for May 2020.
Located on the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the country is bounded by the countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Egypt. Many refugees fleeing the border countries have sought asylum in Israel. Many of the children we treat have come to Israel to escape certain death in their own homelands. We work primarily in Jerusalem, but have also ventured into Amman in Jordan to offer critical assistance.
As one of our closest neighbors Mexico’s health care system is overburdened and there is a shortage of dentists. If you are interested in volunteering abroad but don’t want to go far from the U.S., then this may be a very good starter trip to see if this type of field service is for you. Our base of operations is located at our base camp in Machacos.
Often called the “land of many trees” Guatemala teems with natural beauty. It is a very colorful country and everywhere you look there are vibrant reds, greens and indigo. Guatemala’s people still have traditions that originated thousands of years ago with the great Mayan civilizations.
Today it is reported that over 1.6 million people living in Guatemala have unmet needs that are critical, including access to dental care. Our ministry focuses on the larger population areas in and near Guatemala City, the capital of the country. Travel scheduled for May 2020.
Nestled at the crossroads between three of the world’s most prominent religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, Jordan is a desert country filled with mountains, blue skies and sand. The rock city of Petra is a famous tourist site. The country has been independent since 1946 and is surrounded by the countries of Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel.