Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nick is off to Nepal!

I can't believe the time has finally arrived for Nick to head to Nepal. (To learn more about this amazing country, click here and read all about it!) He has been planning this trip for about 9 months now, along with four others from the UNC School of Dentistry, and yesterday, off  they went!

Congested Kathmandu
These paragraphs from a fundraising letter they sent out will help explain what they will be doing in Nepal:

Greetings from the fourth annual UNC School of Dentistry Nepal Project!  We ask for your support with this year’s humanitarian project, designed and executed by students and under the supervision of UNC faculty.  Our goal is to promote oral hygiene education and prevention as well as to provide oral health care to those who otherwise would have no access to it.  Over half of Nepal’s 30 million residents are living below the international poverty line, and the entire country is currently served by only 500 dentists.  An overwhelming majority of these dentists are located within the capital city of Kathmandu, making it impractical and extremely difficult for those living in rural areas to seek treatment.

In July 2013, five UNC School of Dentistry students and a faculty member will travel to Nepal for a month, in partnership with the Nepalese Health and Development Society.  We plan to hold dental camps in the Solukhumbu and Chitwan regions of rural Nepal to provide much needed dental care such as extractions, fillings, cleanings, and sealants.  From the Solukhumbu camp we will continue on foot in the Annapurna Ranges, providing oral hygiene education and supplies to villages along the route. 

This is an amazing opportunity for Nick not only to put into practice what he has learned this first year, but to provide education and care to the Nepali people, halfway around the world! As you feel led, please pray for the, health, compassionate hearts, stamina, skill and lasting impact.  Will post updates as we hear from Nick.

Anne and I will especially be missing this guy!!

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