Last month we had the privilege to be a part of a team of 73 on a trip to Quito, Ecuador, with Dental Community Fellowship. Although the group was mostly from Charleston, South Carolina, there were also members from Indiana and the United Kingdom. There were 25 dental students as part of the team.
The trip had three main focuses: providing care for the under-served, mentoring students, and partnering with a local church. All of these purposes allowed for caring for those that lack financial resources for dental treatment and the professional development of students.
The clinic was set up with mobile equipment to provide cleanings, extractions and fillings. As mentor dentists, we rotated around the various stations including triage, dental hygiene, anesthesia, fillings and extractions. The team provided over 1,500 procedures in dental. There was also an eyeglass team that improved the sight of over 500 people. As well, every day a team went to local schools to provide dental education and dispense toothbrushes to thousands of students.
Quito is a beautiful city of over 4 million people that straddles the plateau between two ranges of the Andes and sits at 9,000 feet on the equator. It was mentioned above that it was a privilege to go on this trip and it was. We are amazed at how God puts together a ‘tapestry’ of wonderful new friends to work together toward a common goal. Thanks to the people of Ecuador who blessed us with kindness and smiles, and great food!