Aside from the occasional extraction, most children and adults have never had dental care and many suffer with painful teeth. Your gift of $15 can pay for a skilled, compassionate, dentist to provide a cleaning, a filling, or an extraction when needed. The benefits of a healthy mouth are far reaching in terms of nutrition, school and work performance, and overall health and well being.
Braces, Restored Smiles
"Standing in front of people or doing presentations has always been a problem for me. Having braces has helped me not only personally but also professionally [in my university internship] because now I can walk into a room and greet everyone with the smile that I always wanted."
- Thabang Ngako
When living with extremely limited resources, people tend to accept missing teeth and serious orthodontic problems with hopeless resignation. The increased confidence that comes with an unselfconscious smile can have such a positive impact on the choices one makes personally, socially, and professionally. Your gift of upwards of $200 can restore the gaps in a smile and $2500 can cover a full course of orthodontia.
Eye Exams & Glasses
In an impoverished community, it is rare to find someone wearing glasses, but the need is as common as it is anywhere else. Your gift of $35 can pay for a thorough eye exam AND a stylish pair of single vision glasses.
"Being a care worker for several years with a small income, I never thought my dream of being a professional registered nurse would be possible. Thanks to a generous sponsorship, I not only have been able to attend an excellent nursing school, but I feel like I have become part of a loving American family."
--- G. C. Leshabane
Depending on the course of study and the exchange rate, between $400 and $6000 can give someone vocational training or college/university education - and a hopeful future.
The girls in the photo are celebrating after accompanying Marilyn on a shopping expedition to buy new school uniforms for a group who attended a local nonprofit organization's OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) program. Children typically wear uniforms and shoes until far outgrown and falling apart. You can give a child the self-esteem that comes with looking good at school. Here are the uniform parts your gift can buy:
$6 - uniform shirt or 5-pack
$10 - school bag
$12 - trousers, skirt, shirt,
sweater, or rain jacket
$25 - uniform shoes