From September 15-24, 2016, the Ecuadent Foundation and the Platinum Circle Dental Team traveled to Mompiche, in the province of Esmeraldas, one of the poorest provinces in Ecuador, for our 26th year of mission work. Over four and a half days our team treated a total of 849 children, 607 of which received dental treatment and 242 of which received pediatric care. A total of 3435 dental procedures were performed! Most of the children we treated were displaced survivors of the April 2016 earthquakes. Ecuadent Foundation again expresses our deepest gratitude to Platinum Fortune Foundation for partnering with us to support the September 2016 Dental Mission.
Ecuadent would like to thank the many donors and volunteers that made 2016 a successful year of service to the children of Ecuador.Three overseas missions, earthquake relief efforts as well as other outreach to the disadvantaged children of Ecuador has kept the Ecuadent Foundation busy and active, as we now enter our 27th year of outreach to the “niños y niñas,” the boys and girls, of Ecuador. Thanks to you, thousands of procedures and hundreds of children received care. There is still so much more to be done and we are already planning ahead to when we can next return to with our teams doctors, dentists and support staff.
Over four surgical days our team treated a total of 53 patients. We corrected a number of congenital differences, including 6 cleft palates, 3 cleft lips, 4 polydactyl/syndactyl, and 4 vascular malformations. We also performed 9 nasal surgeries, 14 excisions of tumors or keloids, 5 reconstructions, and 8 burn scar revisions.
Dental Mission, February 26, 2015- March 7, 2015
Over five treatment days our dental volunteers were able to treat 556 children with 2,823 procedures which included 425 cleanings, 459 fluoride treatments, 1,127 sealants, 567 restorations, 211 extractions, and 34 other dental procedures.
Our volunteer pediatric orthodontist successfully created 6 appliances for children, three of whom suffered from inoperable cleft palate who can now eat and talk with an artificial palate appliance.
Medical Teaching Mission, February 26, 2015 – March 7, 2015
Three American radiologists provided lectures and practical training on topics in ultrasound, echography, and imaging to the local hospital staff. Our nursing professional instructed nurses on safe medication administration, infection prevention, leadership within nursing, and patient care. By teaching specialties to the hospital staff, our volunteers strived to empower local health professionals to serve their own people long after we return home.
Members of the Platinum Circle Fortune Management Group volunteered for the Ecuadent Foundation from October 16 to October 25, 2014 to treat impoverished children living in the areas surrounding Salinas, in the province of Santa Elena, Ecuador.
Our team treated 466 children over four and a half treatment days. We performed 3,650 procedures, a number that reflects the efficient and hard work of every member on the team.
The specifics of the procedures are as follows:
422 fluoride treatments
4 root canals
2 pulp caps.
Pediatrician Dr. Karasik treated 155 patients, helping families with medications, medical advice, and nutritional guidance.
Notably, we traveled to a nearby neighborhood where many of the children lived called Paraiso, which ironically translates to “Paradise.” On our journey we saw miles of dirt roads, hand-made thatched shacks, and children walking barefooted in the streets. It was heart-wrenching to see how these children lived. We passed out toothbrushes to a school of kindergarteners, giving each child enough toothpaste and toothbrushes for their entire household. We witnessed the joy that this simple act brought to the children; we saw six-year-old girls hug and kiss their toothbrushes in pure excitement. — This is the reason we return year after year: to change the lives of the children who need it most.
Thank you so much to our volunteers, and to those at home who contributed to the success of our mission through their generous support!
THE ECUADENT FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN MACY’S
NINTH ANNUAL “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”
Macy’s helps local charity raise funds and awareness to the Ecuadent Foundation to provide life-changing health services to impoverished children in Ecuador.
BALTIMORE, MD– (May 19, 2014) – Macy’s and the Ecuadent Foundation invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from the Ecuadent Foundation now.
“Macy’s is committed to giving back, both nationally and to our local communities,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “For the last eight years, Macy’s ‘Shop For A Cause’ program has provided our customers and associates a unique opportunity to show their support and give back to their local community organizations, while also enjoying great savings at Macy’s.”
Macy’s has provided the Ecuadent Foundation with shopping passes to sell for $5 each. Ecuadent will keep 100 percent of every shopping pass it sells. The more shopping passes sold, the more money Ecuadent will raise!
By purchasing a shopping pass from the Ecuadent Foundation, customers support Ecuadent’s efforts to provide life-changing surgical and dental procedures to needy children while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment and special events at Macy’s. Pass holders will receive special discounts on most regular, sale and clearance purchases all day, but some exclusions apply.
For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from the Ecuadent Foundation, contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-561-1800.
Together, we can bring smiles to children in Ecuador!!
The Ecuadent team succeeded in their back-to-back medical and dental mission trips to Esmeraldas, Ecuador from February 20th until March 8th.
The medical team performed 66 procedures on 55 patients. The procedures included: 9 cleft lip corrections, 7 cleft palate corrections, 6 digit corrections, 8 scar revisions, 21 hernia removals, 14 excisions of mass/tissue, and 1 frenectomy.The team also created a custom prosthetic hand for a child born without a hand.
The dental team performed 2,350 procedures on 518 patients. The procedures were as follows: 982 sealants, 449 fluoride treatments, 438 cleanings, 349 restorations, 120 extractions, 9 appliances, and 3 frenectomies.
Additionally, the team donated clothing, toys, and school supplies to the Loreto Orphanage for children physically or sexually abused. We set up 6 new computers in the orphanage computer lab. All of the computers are equipped with high quality educational software.