During the pandemic, health/dental care has been especially lacking. Colombia has been one of the countries with the longest lock-down periods in the world. This has caused extreme hardship to the vast majority of the indigenous people. The public health system where they may have received treatment in extreme dental cases has been closed. Due to corruption and mismanagement, the complete public health system of the Colombian Amazon collapsed one week after the virus arrived in force.
Would you like to help?
Donations for the dental care of individual students is greatly needed. We appreciate help in any form. The students always need toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss.
We recently found a low-priced, and mostly clean, dentist in the port of Leticia. We take the simpler cases there. The cost of extraction is 15 dollars. To treat and fill a cavity the price ranges from 15 to 20 dollars. Teeth cleaning is 15 dollars. Orthodontic treatments (at a different office) run from 250 to 350 per year. (The boy in the last two pictures really needs braces.)
We accept donations through Chuffed.org. They have worked well with us for three years.
Would you like to sponsor the education of a student?
Our main program provides $110 once a year scholarships for students in the Amazon. This allows them to buy uniforms, shoes, personal hygiene items, notebooks, pens, and other school supplies. Sometimes this help is all they need to encourage them to stay in school and to do well.
We will also be doing a fundraising drive for scholarships and our other programs on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Most of that will be through Facebook, but I also expect to be sending a newsletter by email.
Here is the link to our Facebook page: