Yearly Trip to Haiti

Trip to Haiti – 2021

Riverside Dental Group created a Haiti Dentistry Fund to provide Haitians with preventative and corrective dental treatments. When we first began traveling to Haiti, we treated patients in remote areas without water, electricity, and roads. We used solar panels and batteries to power our dental equipment and provide dentistry services to Haitians. 

Over the years, we have been able to provide dental cleanings, exams, and fillings. It was always exciting to see how many Haitians were lining the street to receive dental services when we visited yearly. 

For the last few years, we haven’t been able to travel to Haiti due to it becoming increasingly unsafe. Haitians need and want dental services, and we have been unable to travel for the last few years. While we may not be able to go, we support local dentists who go to schools and provide dental services to children. 

We have grown to love our Haitian friends and have found a lot of joy supporting them and giving them the dental tools that are needed. We will continue to donate money and hopefully one day, our time by being there with them. 

Would you like to join us in our efforts? We have created a PayPal and Venmo account that you can donate to with ease. You will find both options by visiting our Instagram page @stgeorgesmiles and clicking the link in our bio. All funds will go directly to our Haiti affiliate Sionfunds. 

To donate, visit our Instagram page and following the link in our bio:

@StGeorgeSmiles 

Your donations will help provide;

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Monthly clinic for students
  • Dental equipment
  • Dental staff, including a dentist and dental assistants

Thank you for joining us and supporting our cause. Together, our donations will help provide thousands of Haitians with essential dental care. 

Currently, there is one dentist for every 10,000 Haitians, with the majority practicing in Port-Au-Prince. Few citizens have ever been to a dentist or owned a toothbrush. Part of the reason it is so challenging to practice dentistry in Haiti is the lack of water, electricity, and roads throughout the country. As you can imagine, it is costly to try and set up dental clinics, but we have been able to have our local dentists travel to schools and clinics and visit patients in need of dental care. 

We have worked hard to connect with Haitian doctors, nurses, dentists, and teachers to bring much-needed medical care to residents with travel restrictions. We have seen a steady improvement in the level of health in the communities due to the ongoing maintenance we can provide. Students are receiving regular dental and medical check-ups and can receive care for tooth extractions and fillings. In addition, patients receive preventative dental education along with toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Please help us continue this excellent program by donating to our Haiti Fund by visiting our Instagram page and following the link in our bio:

@StGeorgeSmiles

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Trip To Haiti – 2017

 
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Dr. Stevens and Danielle with our translators, Nielson and Phillip. It has taken 4 years but I have become fluent speaking dental in French-Creole.

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Heidi, Danielle, and Barbi. This year Dr. Williams came with his assitants. We were able to get twice as much work done. It still seems like we barely made a dent in helping everyone in need.

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Christine our hygienist came with us this year. She may have been the most overworked person there. The Hatian’s wanted to have really clean teeth.

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Ben Stevens and Cameron Robinson both completed their Eagle Scout Projects in conjuction with the trip. They bought detnal supplies and sports equipment which made them hugely popular with the kids.

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