The usual crowd of kids of all ages gathered at the clinic in Santa Ana this morning. Some worked on the garden. Others worked on the computers. Then after a time, Orfe and Prof. Elvin gathered the students inside the clinic for a powerpoint presentation on good dental hygiene. This was our first use of the projector and powerpoint for the students on an educational topic.
Orfe prepared the powerpoint and walked the children through it. They also watched a couple of short children's videos on the topics. Students demonstrated correct tooth brushing and flossing to the cheers of the others. Many topics were addressed including "Do's and Don'ts", such as not sharing toothbrushes or using your toothbrush to comb your hair! I was very impressed with the whole educational experience!
Of course, then we had to do an experiment! Prof Elvin's wife is a baker and to celebrate one month of Elvin's employment with SewHope and the famous day of The Day of The Devil* (which is today), she made us a huge cake. So we ate cake and drank pop. Of course, now our teeth were full of sugar!
Next, Orfe passed out a tooth brush to each student with some paste and the fun began! Each child took home a new toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste.
It would be wonderful to add a dentist or a dental student who is advanced in study to our regular teams! Anyone interested??
*In some senses today is like April Fool's Day as it is funny to wish someone a Happy Birthday today as Profe Elvin did to me! So, Dr. Gary, Happy Birthday from all of us here!! Another way to celebrate is to "beat the devil" out of a piñata that is in the form a red devil with horns. Another practice is to build a scarecrow like figure in the shape of a devil and set fire to it when it is dark outside. The scarecrow is also stufffed with fireworks which adds to the excitement and noise of the event. It is NOT devil worship, but rather a way to symbolize getting rid of evil.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012