Over the last couple of years, we have been taking all of our children to the dentist to ensure they at the very least get a check-up, which for many of them was the first time they have been in the dentist´s chair.
The dental project was organised by Lila who accompanied most of them to the dentist and showed them videos of how to brush and keep their teeth healthy. As you can imagine, with over 150 kids it took a while for all of them to be seen and treated.
Thankfully some just needed a quick clean or no work at all, although many needed a filling or two or more and some including the student below needed some extensive work.
These photos show one of our students who was born with a cleft palate and although he had a surgery when he was young, it was not fully successful. During the last year he has had a further surgery and multiple visits to the dentist to try and improve the situation. As you can see it is looking much better and has given him a boost in confidence, although there is still more to do as he still has a hole in his palate that needs to be covered.
A huge thank you to all the dentists who have helped and of course Lila for helping with him as well as all the children.
Happy Children's day to all our children and children accross India. May your day be filled with happiness, laughter and Love.
"Children's Day is celebrated across India to increase awareness of the rights, care and education of children. It is celebrated on 14 November every year as a tribute to India's First Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Fondly known as Chacha Nehru among children, he advocated for children to have fulfilled education. Nehru considered children as real strength of a nation and foundation of society."
Yes, we are a little early still for Diwali, but we like to make sure the children get all their goodies well in time so they can celebrate Diwali without having to worry about the basics. This year we have (so far) filled 150 bags for the children and expect to fill another 20 for another group of children that we help.
The bags which have all been stitched from upcycled shirts, jeans and donated cloth contain a great selection of essential items (Rice, Flour, Dal, Sugar, Poha (Beaten Rice), Sunflower Oil, Salt, Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder, Garam Masala, Tea Powder, Ginger and Garlic Paste, 2 Packs of Biscuits, Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste and I forgot to add to the photos, the mosquito protection and The Face masks which were also included.
Each bag was stitched at the centre (Thanks Budhmati and Amina) and then filled a few days ago through our systematic production line (thanks to Lila, Amina and Kids). We have started giving them out and will hopefully post a few photos in the next few days.
Thank you to everyone who helped, Penny and the girls, Cash and Carry Mapusa and everyone for the continued support!