March 24, 2009
The day begins with breakfast from 7-7:30 at the hotel buffet. Everyone is rested and ready for another hard but rewarding day of work.
Look at that breakfast! They take great care of our team. They are never left hungry. Omelets, french toast, hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, cereal, fruit, ham and cheese sandwiches.
Then it's time to load up the bus and head out.
On the bus.
Setting up the clinic.
Morning huddle - instructions for the day, a thought and prayer before they begin to fill the chairs.
Dr. Roy and Frances, our heroes. None of this would exist without them.
Dr. Dan Humiston and Natalia (back right, sterilizing all the dental instruments. this is not an easy job!)
Hard at work.
Tyler Powers, an organizer of the clinic entertaining the children.
After about 3 and a half hours of work they break for lunch. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ham and turkey sandwiches, chips, rice crispie treats and oreos. Now that's an american lunch!!
Dr. Patricia Diaz, from the Dominican, doesn't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches she say's, but they made her try one anyways. Didn't go over so well. I guess she knew what she was talking about.
Dr. Dave Hendrickson and Dr. Roy Hammond. Buddies from dental school who have remained close through the years, and aren't we grateful!
The area our team is working in is covered in sugarcane fields. The people will work for 15 hours at a time cutting it down for a $1 a day.
They let our group try the sugar cane and they sure enjoyed it. No wonder there is such decay in this country!
This guy was so incredible brave. He had four moral extractions and was in a great deal of pain.
More fun with the kids. The Hawthorn Family brought bubbles and they were a HUGE hit! The kids couldn't get enough with them.
Dental student Sury from the Dominican Republic cleaning a child's teeth.
When you ask the children to get a picture with them it must translate into their minds as " just jump all over you." It's the most enjoyable experience. They LOVE having their picture taken. They'll ask you to take their picture just so they can then look at it, and laugh. Our group just falls in love with them instantly.
After the day of work, the clinic is cleaned up, the bus is loaded and they head back to the hotel, happy and satisfied with the work accomplished for today.