Many communities around the world lack access to quality dental care. Poor oral health can lead to countless other problems, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and loss of sleep—which can keep children out of school.
Laura Zalnis, a volunteer with Mission Save a Smile, traveled with a group of volunteer dentists and dental students to provide oral health services for the Guna people. While there, the group works out of a building with a dirt floor and thatched roof. In order to power their drills, sterilizing machines, and suction machines, the dentists must run electrical cords from generators.
Zalanis says of her trip, “We work well past sunset, because our days are limited and we want to treat as many children as we can. The LuminAID solar lanterns are remarkable and provide a lot of light for us when the sun starts to set. I don’t know what we would do without them!”
LuminAID is proud to partner with Mission Save a Smile in the critical work they are doing!
Giving Tuesday is coming up! This day of giving is popularized on social media, and comes just after the busy shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Almost 1/3 of Americans plan to participate in Giving Tuesday, so it can be a big day of fundraising for nonprofits who choose to participate.