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(4 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 3/10/2014)

We came from Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, California, Washington, USA and joining hand with our team in Saigon, Long An, Tien Giang and Hue, Vietnam, and with the support of many of you at home, we were able to pull off another TRIP OF A LIFETIME.
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(28 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/15/2013)

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(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 11/14/2013)

Working along side with the Tien Giang Red Cross, our combined team served thousands of children and adults in remote villages of the Mekong Delta. Please read the travelog for a full report of this exceptional dental outreach.

(30 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 7/5/2012)

Another unforgettable dental operation for DDS4Kids team! We came from different parts of North America and together we rolled our sleeve up and served hundreds of elementary school children all day long, day after day in different villages, only stopped for a short lunch break. We worked extremely well together, had to work hard and fast so all the children in each school were seen. We had the most fun mixed with an unmeasurable amount of deep satisfaction and personal reward.

(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 7/31/2011)

We came from Ottawa - Canada, North Carolina and Tennessee - USA, London - England, Cologne - Germany, Tel Aviv - Israel, and Saigon - Vietnam to join hand providing free dental care and dental education for children and families living in deep poverty. Our team traveled to 11 remote villages in the province of Tien Giang, Long An, and Phan Thiet. One of the most endearing memory of this trip was the day we had to cross two rivers to reach a remote island, at the first river there was a ferry that can take vehicles across to the island. Then we had to drive a long way on this island to reach the other side where we had to unload all of our supplies in a large truck and 2 vans onto a small old ferry. We had to form a human chain from shore to the ferry. Once the ferry took us to the second island, 1 mile wide by 6 mile long, we walked to the school, everyone carry some supplies, the school teachers rode their scooters to the shore to help us with the rest of the supplies. It was one of the smallest community we have served, everyone is most kind, gentle, appreciative, and the children are very well behaved and adorable. At the end of the day, it was pitch black when we packed up, we took the old ferry to return to the other shore. The tide had changed and the ferry could not dock close to shore so all of us rolled up our pants, took off our shoes, waded through the water and mud (while some one joked about water snakes and leeches) formed a human chain and loaded the remain of our supplies back onto the waiting vans and truck. The memories of that evening by the Mekong River in moonlight will forever stay with us and enrich our lives. Thousands of children were served at each village, and thousands of families received household gifts and the needed knowledge to help themselves as they participated in the health education sessions our team provided every where we went.

Vietnam 2010
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 8/22/2010)

It was another successful dental operation for our team. We are dentists, dental students, and non-dental volunteers from the US, UK, Italy, Canada, Australia, and Vietnam. We worked side by side with the local Red Cross staff treating 200-300 children a day. Our team traveled to 9 remote villages in Tien Giang and Long An provinces. To reach some village elementary schools we have to cross rivers on ferries and sometimes, walked the rest of the way when there is no road wide enough for our vans. Everywhere we go, we also provide dental education sessions and gifts of useful household items to hundreds of family with children under 5 years of age. There is nothing more satisfying than to be able to help the children and families of farmers, labor workers, people who have very little, who truly deserve our help, and who are grateful for our effort. We are looking forward to VN 2011 with another international team of volunteers.

Vietnam 2009 - Beyond Dental Relief
(4 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

Every year when our team traveled into remote villages, we met children with different health issues who desperately need help. DDS4Kids provides financial and emotional assistance to the families so the children can get needed surgical treatment in major hospitals in Saigon.

Vietnam 2009 - Dental Education Program
(6 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

Five year dental program given to some of the poorest elementary schools in the Mekong Delta where thousands of village children receive year round dental health education with gift of toothbrushes and school supplies.

(12 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/31/2010)

We do the same every year when we traveled to VN, in every village we reached, every child we treated, it is the same work, day after day, and year after year, yet every mission trip is filled with excitement and joy. Every year, we try to reach the distant villages that no team has ever been, we spent hours on the dirt road, crossing rivers by boat and ferry, we come to where the children live, in their rural towns, in their elementary schools, we come to say that "YES WE CARE". Our VN 2009 team consisted of volunteers from the US, Canada, and VN. We helped each other, working closely everyday to make seeing 300 kids or more a day possible, what a team. If you see us work, it's like seeing our hearts dance..... In the tropical heat of the long days we treated a sea of school children in our make shift clinics: an exam station, a waiting table where the kids play with puzzles and coloring books while waiting for their turn, 2 stations of fluoride treatment, 2 stations of surgery, 1 station of sterilization, 1 station as pharmacy, and one station as gift package pick-up. Behind the scene we are lucky to have a team of dedicated helpers who boil water to make milk for our patients, get hundreds and hundreds of gift packages ready, cook lunch for our team, bring us drinks and snack during the long day when we had no time to stop for break. Actually there is no break, we start working the minute we reach the school, and we only make a short stop for lunch and then go on until the last kid is treated and there is no more daylight. We travel over 10,000 miles to get to these villages, and we want to help the most kids as we could, that is all to it.

(15 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 3/26/2008)

An incredible trip with 7 volunteers from the US and 1 from the UK and 4 from Saigon. We traveled on bumpy dirt roads, took long boat rides to reach very remote villages to set up our dental clinics. The first week our team were in Tien Giang province, set up clinics in Cai Be, Go Cong Dong, Tan Phuong, Chau Thanh, seeing total of 1,736 elementary school children. The second week in Long An Province we treated 708 children in distant village of Thu Thua district and Tan Thanh District. Our team also provided dental health sessions to villagers as part of our community empowerment effort to prevent dental diseases, made gift bags for 1,209 mothers and pre-school children in Tien Giang Province, 752 in Long An Province. DDS4Kids is the only humanitarian organization that reached different remote villages of VN and provide continuous dental health dental education since 1996.

Vietnam 2007 - Dental Education Program
(8 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 1/8/2008)

December 6 - Welcome Dr. Hue upon her return to VN and continues to join hand with DDS4Kids. As part of the five year dental program, 1,440 elementary school children received dental health education in 3 different school of Long Son Island, Vung Tau Ba Ria province.

Tennessee - Children Health & Maintenace Plan (CHAMP)
(9 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/10/2007)

November 2, 2007 - Dr. Lan Jones provided free dental screening for Winfield School in Scott County, 216 students from K – 8th grade as part of the Appalachian Life Quality Initiative for Children’s Welfare program. ALQI partners with the community to promote health, education and other programs especially for the underserved children. This partnership will be a lifelong process enabling each child to be an educated, confidant, self-directed, and a positive member of an ever-changing global society. It’s extremely rewarding to help children, regardless of geography. Children are like children everywhere in the world. They need to be loved, cared for, and EDUCATED.

Vietnam 2007 - Beyond Dental Relief
(20 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/5/2007)

November 4 - 9, 2007 - Thanks to the continuing support from caring people like you, DDS4Kids org. are able to provide financial assistance, transportation and hospital support to 15 severely burned patients and 11 cleft lips cleft palate patients from remote villages of Tien Giang, Daklak, Lam Dong, Dong Nai to Saigon for reconstruction surgery performed by a team of volunteer American plastic surgeons as part of the Burn & Facial Reconstruction Mission to VN.

Vietnam 2007 - Dental Education Program
(7 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 12/3/2007)

October 29-30, 2007- DDS4kids five-year dental education program continues in 5 elementary schools serving 1,902 students from 5 to 10 years old in Tien Giang Province with the participation of the teachers, school administration and Red Cross health care workers.

Vietnam 2007-Beyond Dental Relief
(13 Photos, 0 Comments : Last updated 10/20/2007)

October 15 - 17, 2007 - Helping another group of children from Vinh Long, Can Tho, Quy Nhon, An Giang, Bac Lieu, Binh Thuan, Long An, Dong Thap, and Daklak to receive the needed surgical treatment at the National Hospital of Odonto-Stomatology in Saigon.

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