A Christmas appeal
 

Dental News
Article detail

See the following article detail about

A Christmas appeal

0845 527 9810

Article details for

A Christmas appeal

 

A Christmas appeal

Twelve years ago I was looking for part time work when my daughter went to nursery. An impromptu visit to a local employment agency resulted in an interview at Belmont. The rest, as they say is history and I had a baptism of fire into the dental industry, where I have met some of the most genuine people and made some fantastic friends.

I first heard about Bridge2Aid a couple of years ago when Dr Ian Wilson made a presentation at the BDTA conference I attended.

We were told how the charity work closely with the Tanzanian Government to offer primary dental care and community development programmes for some of the poorest communities in the Mwanza region of North West Tanzania.

Recently, I bumped into Patrick Allen, of Henry Schein Minerva, and he mentioned in passing a trip to Bukumbi that the company had planned for 2011 on behalf of the charity.

I said what an amazing opportunity that would be and the next thing I know, I was offered a place. I spoke to my family, especially my daughter, as two weeks would be the longest I had been away from her since she was born.

To the testament of the young lady that she has become, she was all for it, even giving me ideas how to raise the money. So, I confirmed that I would like to attend, feeling both excited and daunted at the same time.

The two-week trip will see the ‘Schein' team renovating primary school classrooms and running play schemes for children in local care centres. I have been warned that it's back-breaking but very rewarding work and some of those who attended the trip last year will be revisiting in 2011.

Of course, the hard work doesn't start in April, although all of us will be working on a voluntary basis we still have to raise the money to fund the project. The group emails are already in full force and we have everything from recipe books to tennis balls being sold and various fundraising events planned for the New Year.

Having worked with some amazing people and attending great events in beautiful locations, I am so pleased to be able to finally give something back to the industry that has been my home for over a decade.

Of course, this last year hasn't been an easy one in the current financial climate and Christmas is just around the corner, too.

However, without continued support, trips such as these cannot happen, so I know I can speak for the group when I say a big ‘thank you' for any donations that are received.

To donate towards the Bukumbi trip, please visit www.justgiving.com/hsm-tanzania-2011.
 


A little background
Kigongo Primary School is situated 2km from Bukumbi Care Centre in the village of Kigongo.  Kigongo is a busy village due to the ferry that takes foot passengers and cars over to Busisi, and the road that leads onto Geita and Rwanda.

Since surfacing the road in August, there is now more traffic and passing trade. Kigongo Primary School has just over 600 students with 90 of the students from or connected to Bukumbi Care Centre. The rest of the children come from the surrounding village which is also very deprived. B2A has supported the children with uniforms, sports kits, balls and other equipment. We are also working with the school management to provide teacher training so that the whole school benefits. One of the main issues at the school is that its classrooms are in a very poor state which does not make a good learning environment.

The concrete floors and walls in the classrooms are bare, cracked and crumbling, the wire and mesh in the windows is ripped/broken, if there at all, and children are sharing 3 or 4 to a desk or often sitting on the bare concrete floors.

The school itself was built about 15 years ago by another NGO because of the overcrowding at Bukumbi Primary School. Unfortunately the classrooms have fallen into disrepair due to funding problems.  Since 2009 we have renovated 2 of the classrooms but the others are in a desperate state.  Before the Henry Schein team arrive, the floors of the classroom will be repaired or re-laid and the wire and mesh in the windows replaced. New desks will also be made. We also hope to have football goals and a netball posts made.

When the team arrive they will have a huge task ahead of them. Firstly, cleaning the classrooms, painting the walls, windows, doors, blackboards and designing and painting lots of educational murals, such as number lines, alphabets, maps and diagrams.

All will help to create a conducive learning environment. The team will also install the new football goals and netball posts. All of this work, plus the team will have the opportunity to play with the children. On the last day, we will have a celebration where we hand back to the school and the children.

The children at Kigongo and from Bukumbi Care Centre have few opportunities given to them and we want to improve their opportunities by giving them an improved learning environment.

 Posted on : Thu 9th - Dec - 2010

 

Call Dental Support UK

Premium IT Support

  • All Servers & workstations covered..
  • Saturday Cover INCLUDED.
  • Telephone support.
  • Remote support.
  • 4 hour on-site Server response.
  • System monitoring.
  • Network monitoring and security.
  • Anti-Virus & Application updates.
  • Unlimited Remote Server Data backup.
  • Loan equipment on hardware failure.
  • Reduced rates for PC parts supply & installations.

No matter how big
your practice you
pay the same
price!!


ONLY

Click here for more info
Dental News Archives 2017

August - 2017
July - 2017
June - 2017
May - 2017
April - 2017
March - 2017
February - 2017
January - 2017

Dental News Archives 2016

December - 2016
November - 2016
October - 2016
September - 2016
August - 2016
July - 2016
June - 2016
May - 2016
April - 2016
March - 2016
February - 2016
January - 2016

Dental News Archives 2015

December - 2015
November - 2015
October - 2015
September - 2015
August - 2015
July - 2015
June - 2015
May - 2015
April - 2015
March - 2015
February - 2015
January - 2015

Dental News Archives 2014

December - 2014
November - 2014
October - 2014
September - 2014
August - 2014
July - 2014
June - 2014
May - 2014
April - 2014
March - 2014
February - 2014
January - 2014

Dental News Archives 2013

December - 2013
November - 2013
October - 2013
September - 2013
August - 2013
July - 2013
June - 2013
May - 2013
April - 2013
March - 2013
February - 2013
January - 2013

Dental News Archives 2012

December - 2012
November - 2012
October - 2012
September - 2012
August - 2012
July - 2012
June - 2012
May - 2012
April - 2012
March - 2012
February - 2012
January - 2012

Dental News Archives 2011

January - 2011
February - 2011
March - 2011
April - 2011
May - 2011
June - 2011
July - 2011
August - 2011
September - 2011
October - 2011
November - 2011
December - 2011

Dental News Archives 2010

December - 2010
November - 2010
October - 2010
September - 2010
August - 2010
July - 2010
June - 2010
May - 2010
April - 2010
March - 2010
February - 2010
January - 2010

Dental News Archives 2009

December - 2009
November - 2009
October - 2009
September - 2009
August - 2009
July - 2009
June - 2009
May - 2009
April - 2009
March - 2009
February - 2009
January - 2009

Dental News Archives 2008

December - 2008
November - 2008
October - 2008
September - 2008
August - 2008
July - 2008
June - 2008
May - 2008
April - 2008
March - 2008
February - 2008
January - 2008

Dental News Archives 2007

December - 2007
November - 2007
October - 2007
September - 2007
August - 2007
July - 2007
June - 2007
May - 2007
April - 2007
March - 2007
February - 2007
January - 2007

Dental News Archives 2006

December - 2006
November - 2006
October - 2006
September - 2006
August - 2006
July - 2006
June - 2006
May - 2006
April - 2006
March - 2006
February - 2006
January - 2006

Dental News Archives 2005

December - 2005
November - 2005
October - 2005
September - 2005
August - 2005
July - 2005
June - 2005
May - 2005

hide toolbar
Would you like weekly updates on our latest offers? If so enter your email :
Quick Remote Dental Support