Month: February 2011

Day One. A Baptism of Fire. The Riverkids

For many today was a sharp shock about how Dentistry in less than ideal conditions is performed. Many of the young Dentists, I suspect, are more used to working in a nice, well equipped Dental Surgery.

The day began at 0630 with a short trip to The Riverkids School, all the gear was brought along and set up with a sterilizing team on hand to keep the flow of  instruments clean and ready for use. A briefing was done by the Team Leader and people reminded of the need to ensure their own safety, keep topped up with fluids and takes breaks when they needed too. The surgical and waiting examination areas were quickly established. The kids arrived shortly thereafter and for a short while bedlam ensued but with good team work by the volunteers who organised the children and began feeding them through for initial examinations and completion of paperwork. There were a lot of frightened eyes amongst the children but again with the help of local interpreters they calmed the children and kept them occupied whilst they waited to be treated.

The ambient temperature just kept getting higher throughout the day and despite the sunshades the air was thick and uncomfortable but everyone seemed the manage admirably.

After the pre-surgical examination all the kids were given fluoride treatment by the volunteers before being treated by the dentist or being sent home as no further treatment was needed at that time. The kids had a fairly lengthy wait before eventually being treated but they waited patiently in the most part. Some were obviously very frightened and need constant support a reassurance.


The team was really pushing themselves and managed to treat 100+ children during the morning performing extraction and other necessary procedures within the limitations of the equipment and time available.

The fear in this little fellows eyes can clearly be seen but hopefully his next visit he will be more confident. He did get his treatment but he was very frightened but with good support and team work he got what was necessary.

Great first day team and I am sure the good work done today was appreciated by ALL the kids.


JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show Is a Huge Success

JustWorld International
Horseless Horse Show Is a Huge Success

Wellington, Florida – The sixth annual JustWorld International Horseless Horse Show, presented by The Dutta Corporation, was held Friday, February 18, at the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, and was a great success. In total, $7,475 was raised for JustWorld International’s project sites in Brazil, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Senegal.


Kids International Dental Services

Bringing this whole trip together seems somewhat of a logistical nightmare, professionals and support staff coming from around the world, England, Japan, USA and the Netherlands and probably more. Supplies and instruments have to be brought from the states and much more has to be purchased on arrival.

Purobi is the powerhouse methinks behind this organisation, the organiser and coordinator, obviously with the help of the teams mascot.

Bob and Purobi have a hotel room packed with stores and instruments at the moment ready for the start of the mission tomorrow when they will be treating 200+ riverside kids.

Things will be starting early (0630) tomorrow when the team will be leaving the hotel for the days work. check out the progress and pictures from the mission. KIDS main website.

Operation Smile in Action

I got the opportunity to see Operation Smile in Action here in Cambodia.

What is Operation Smile

Operation Smile Cambodia volunteers repair childhood facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate and other facial injuries such as burns.

In Cambodia 1 in 300 children is born with some type of facial deformity. The estimate is that 20000+ people have un-treated clefts in Cambodia. This not only brings the physical difficulties (eating and breathing problems) but also the emotional problems due to the stigma that the condition may bring.

Each operation can cost a little as $250 US and can have a life changing effect for those with the condition.

I wanted to witness first hand the work of this NGO as I had heard lots of good reports from several of my friends who live here in Cambodia and volunteer their services to Op Smile when they are needed.

Many of  us take a smile for granted, we smile when we meet people, we smile when we are happy, it’s an almost automatic reflex. For a few people, due to injury or birth defects, this is difficult or impossible. They may find themselves alienated or outcast from society, people stare but don’t smile. Operation Smile tries, where possible, to make the facial features of those affected more acceptable to the person and as a bi-product, to others. Giving the gift of being able to smile.

Smiling through adversity : Shy but strong

Today was the day everyone who turned up was given a full assessment, and many people had arrived and were waiting surprisingly patiently, to be seen, fill in paperwork, see the doctor, and then wait some more, but it all seemed rather well-organized (for Cambodia) and the lines were moving at a reasonable rate.

Waiting patiently to be seen
Happy to wait


Students help out teaching about oral care and handing out toot brushes
Such strength in children


Some volunteers who make the process possible

People in general are good, I find, and will help support projects such as this financially, but without the professionals, Doctors, Nurses and lay supporters that give their time and expertise their support would be in vain.


Operation Smile Returns to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

Surgical Mission in Phnom Penh March 12-19, 2010

Free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other types of facial deformities
Where: Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital
When: 12-19 March 2010
Contact: 023 211 405, 012 43 55 91 or 013 759 631

Operation Smile Cambodia will be conducting an International Mission at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital from 12-19 March 2010. This will be our 16th surgical mission in Cambodia. We are hoping to provide free medical care to at least 125 children and young adults over the course of this mission. The medical team is participate by volunteers from Australia, Sweden, Philippines, India, United States, Norway and Cambodia who together will provide underprivileged Cambodian children free surgery that will forever change their lives. Prospective patients will be medically screened on March 12th and 13th to determine their eligibility for surgery.

The first Operation Smile medical mission to Cambodia was conducted in 2002 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh. The volunteer medical team performed free surgeries for 169 Cambodian children.

Since then, Operation Smile Cambodia has completed another 15 medical missions in Cambodia, with over 1,600 Cambodian children receiving life-changing surgery. While most missions have taken place in Phnom Penh, surgical missions have also been conducted in Battambang, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, Kampong Cham and Kampot.
Our website is located at

Operation Smile is a worldwide children’s medical charity, launched over 25 years ago by Dr. Bill Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathy Magee, to help children born with devastating facial deformities. To date, the organization has provided free surgeries that have changed the lives of more than 130,000 children around the globe. In addition to contributing free medical treatment for children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities, Operation Smile trains local medical professionals in its partner countries and lays the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.

For more information, please contact Kimeng Sok Vong, our Administrative Manager at 012 435 591 or David Fruitman, Secretary of our Board of Directors, at 092 955 641.

Do a Photo Course and help the Children at PIO