“OLC/Haiti Connection sent down the first dental team on 02/26/2018 that would serve the area around St. Jacques, Haiti. We hired two Haitian dentists to extract close to 250 teeth that had been decaying for who knows how long. Everyone was so happy to have the opportunity to get some relief from the pain that they have been having.
Richard Woodruff, Christine Veltkamp and Lisa Ringler comprised OLC’s team from Michigan and we joined up with Patrick and Robinson (our translators) and Dr. Pascal and Dr. Patrick (our dentists). Our team relied heavily on the cooks, those who carried water for us, those who ran errands for us, the bread lady and Fr. Maxis to make everything work.
Along with extracting teeth, we also put fluoride varnish on all of the school children (175) and showed them a Haitian video about the importance of brushing, flossing and taking care of your teeth. The varnish is supposed to cover and protect their teeth for up to six months.
The children also received tooth brushes, some floss and toothpaste to take home with them.
Along with the dental clinic, we also visited four different homes that had been destroyed back in January of 2010 when the earthquake hit. These families have had no way to reconstruct their homes as they lack the necessary funds to do anything to them. Three of them are using tarps for walls and one has no walls at all. It was an eye opening situation to see a family of one dad and six children sleeping in the one bed that the ‘house’ has. The children normally will sleep on the dirt floor since there is no where else to go.
Our group thanks our parishioners for their continued support of this mission. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to call or text Lisa Ringler at (616) 824-8353.”