Kenya Dental Mission Trip
Sabuska and its affiliates are bound by the common philosophy of giving back to the communities where they are located. That philosophy includes providing dental care to poverty-stricken orphans in Africa.
Every year, Sabuska and its founder Dr. VJ Singh, travel across the globe to provide dental services to orphans in the small town of Mbita, located on the banks of Lake Victoria in western Kenya.
Many of the orphans living in Mbita were born to parents who have since died from AIDS, the immune system disease that has ravaged towns and villages throughout Africa. The children live in poverty, don’t have access to basic health and dental care and are isolated by the town’s remote location.
Sabuska teams up with SHARE, an African-based nonprofit organization, to provide dental care to the orphans.
On his first mission trip to Africa, Singh was overwhelmed by the plight of the children he cared for and has expressed a commitment to doing what it takes to help the children in Mbita.
“The first time I was there, I had tears in my eyes after seeing how these children live. The poverty is overwhelming, there is no access to health care or dental care, and little food and clothes. It’s stunning to see how much these children live without,” Singh said.
This year, Sabuska and its affiliates initiated a clothes’ drive that will provide clothes for more than 100 children in the village. Sabuska affiliates will collect clothes from any person who wants to donate.
Every year, the Sabuska dental team visits the village and provides preventative and restorative care to more than 250 children and conducts a series of educational programs that are intended to improve the children’s dental hygiene and care. Sabuska also brings as many brushes, toothpaste and floss packets as possible.
Singh estimates that Sabuska provides $20,000 to $30,000 in dental care and supplies each time it travels to Africa, and the investment is paying off. Singh says many of the children he has cared for on previous visits to Mbita have healthier teeth and gums when he sees them the next year.
“The experience is overwhelming,” Singh says. “You can’t help but be touched by the humility and simplicity with which those children live. It’s inspiring to return each year and do what we can to help them.”