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The Riverside : Phnom Penh, Cambodia

September 22, 2011 Leave a comment

 

 

The Riverside : Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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KIDS treats more than 50,000 children since 2001

To give a visual idea of the scale of this work

A FULL memorial stadium of CHILDREN

Aproximate numbers seen this trip : 1743 children in the 12 days, 1200 + extractions, 400 sealants and 100 art restorations, providing some $ 300,000 of pro bono dentistry(in US fees for these children).

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Lily’s Village a walk around

March 13, 2011 1 comment

Really the first time the team got (at the end of a hard day) to look around the village they had been working in. Lily was born in this village and gave the KIDS team a guided personal tour.

Lily doing a great job as a Tour Guide

KIDS team on a walkabout

The full team with Lily's Aunty and Uncle. Bob and Purobi stayed behind to pack up the gear

The team seemed to enjoy the walkabout and took lots of pictures and spoke with the locals. It was tremendously hot but a good time.

Getting some cooling water from the Village WELL

Getting to know the local Water Buffallo

Do a Photo Course and help the Children at KIDS

Kampong Cham & Lily’s Village

I met up with the Team and the end of the day on Tuesday having missed a couple of days of their work in the villages, but unfortunately the clock cannot be turned back so lets move on.

Kampong Cham, a sleepy river-crossing town renowned for its bamboo bridge built each year when the Mekong is low to give access to the Island where tobacco is grown.

The Bamboo Bridge. Kampong Cham

Lily is the Khmer lady whose travel agency made all the arrangements for transport and accommodation for the team, she was born the this area and the team was to visit her village the next day (for a second time).

A village house

Lily’s village is about 40Km from Kampong Cham on the road back to Phnom Penh, but maybe 5Km of the road way out in the countryside. The team found themselves with much work to be done and led by Dr. Rich (Viper as named by the team) they went on to produce the goods.

Viper and Hotlips. Mother and Son. Aida and Rich. Team Leader and Teams Trauma Nurse

Many Kids waiting to be seen, being kept occupied by a Volunteer

Many children needed to be treated and had turned up to see the dentist. There is little or no provision in rural areas for proper dentistry as was seen in the children treated by KIDS team. Many extractions were needed and a number of severe infections identified and treated accordingly. The team is also seen as a provider of other services, first aid etc, as Khmer generally have little knowledge of self-care in these circumstances.

An untreated laceration to the toe presented to the DENTIST

Fortunately a trauma nurse in the form of AIDA was available to give advice and simple treatments. Nice one HOTLIPS

Aida giving advice and treatment to one of the injury presentations

This amazing lack of basic knowledge is not unfamiliar to me, I was a registered Nurse of 30+ years, as I give advice to locals in Phnom Penh all the time on things that a child would know in the west.

Registrations continue. Lily books them in

Everyone was working so hard but they still had time to smile.

Charlies (Bobs) Angels

Steve (Hawkeye) and his good Lady ROBIN

Steve also known as HAWKEYE, is Bobs friend from Dental School over 40 years ago and they have not seen each other since graduation, although they did keep in touch. Steve was practicing in Sydney, Australia and Bob invited him to come on the mission. What an asset and I’m sure the student learned a lot from his experience. Thanks for coming STEVE !!

Steve also brought along one of the teams MASCOTS, Skippy called Kevin all the way from AUS’ to keep STORM company…

Skippy called Kevin from AUSTRALIA, one of KIDS mascots

and STORM, how the kids loved him..

STORM with GERRARD and the kids

Kids after treatment

Waiting in the shade

Taking a break and having fun with the KIDS

Raj making things better

Happy despite the trauma of a visit to the dentists

Gerrard waiting for another kid to FLUORIDE

Mothers wait patient for their children to be seen

Sad little face but smiling again later

Hard at work

Magik, toes crossed

Do a Photo Course and help the Children at KIDS

AWOL

We left Phnom Penh on Sunday heading for Kampong Chhnang, or so I thought. I was following the vans with the team on my motor cycle but unfortunately lost track of them in the traffic, Khmer drivers only have two speeds, stopped and flat out. So I headed for Kampong Chhnang which I was later to find out was 60 miles in the wrong direction as the team was heading towards Kampong Cham.

So I found myself in a town I had never been to before at dusk without any telephone numbers or contacts and a hotel booked in a town 120 miles away. LMAO

I knew the team would be leaving the hotel at 5am the next morning going to an outlying village where they would be homestaying. No way I could get to Kampong Cham by that time along one of the worse highways in Cambodia (in the process of being relayed).

A this point the more I thought the more confused I got

I search in vain for a number to contact someone. I new Bob had called me on someones phone a few days before and after many searches and calls I eventually contacted Lily and arranged to meet the team in two days in Kampong Cham. Just goes to prove check your facts twice, three times, four times before you travel.

First time I have gone AWOL without charges to follow…lol

Do a Photo Course and help the Children at KIDS

Got some catching up to do

Will be doing a complete write SOON with pictures.
Been on the road and have many pictures to process.

Dancing at PIO for the KIDS Team