Once a year, Colorado Mission of Mercy (COMOM), “provides quality dental services, at no cost, to individuals of all ages who cannot afford and access dental care; eliminating dental pain, promoting oral health, creating smiles, and providing oral health education.” See http://comom.org/. This year, Susan, Jane and I traveled to Canon City on August 14 to see patients, and Jane and I returned on the 15th. Many patients received care who otherwise could not afford it. A worthwhile weekend for those of us who went.
Many of you know that in 2010, we traveled to the Dominican Republic and participated in a dental mission trip, partnering with Mission of Mercy. In June, we again participated in another Mission of Mercy trip, this time to Kenya. We had a total of 6 dentists, plus assorted family members to assist us, and we set up two clinics, both in the Kajiado area. We treated kids associated with Mission of Mercy projects, as well as some of the adults who work with these kids. English and Swahili are the two official languages of Kenya, but many of the children we saw spoke tribal languages and were not yet conversant in English. Interpretors were available for each dentist so that we could identify the problem area and provide treatment. This picture was taken at our first clinic, a 2.5 hour drive into the interior on bumpy dirt roads. We set up clinic on dirt, under a two-sided tent, while portable generators ran our dental units. We were lucky to spend some time enjoying Kenyan wildlife at the Amboseli Game Preserve following our clinics. To see more pictures of our trip, visit AlbersDental on Facebook.