Peggy’s good friend Liz Fowler and her husband Ted spend their winters in Mexico. Lucky them!
But Liz Fowler is more than just a fortunate vacationer, Liz and other community members spend their free time helping out in one of Mexico’s most impoverished communities: Tepehua in Chapala.
to operate and the need for dental care is unbelievable. All the
dentists are local Mexican dentists who faithfully donate their services every
The equipment we use is outdated but gratefully received through donations.
If we had a monetary fund….then Wanda, the American volunteer dental
hygienist who started the clinic, could actually buy new equipment and dental
supplies for fillings etc. For example, right now the instrument sterilizer
(which was donated….an oldie but goodie) is broken and we don’t have the
funds to repair it or purchase a new one. Miraculously, they make it work but it could
be so much easier and better if we had a ready supply of the “right”
stuff on hand.
So Peggy, what if we invited people to make a cash
donation…..i.e., a loonie (to represent Canada) and a toothbrush. That
way, we would have our always needed toothbrushes ( children and adult brushes,
soft variety) and we could have a ready fund to buy the right supplies as
needed. Our dollars go a long way here in Mexico pesos. So it’s not
like we’re having to raise a huge amount of money…..but it would be so
On another front, our next big endeavour is to start an education program for
the mothers and their children…..oral hygiene and nutrition. I’m
working on this project with Wanda and my friend, Shirley. It’s proving
to be quite challenging as many of the women are illiterate and our Spanish is
limited. There is so much equipment/materials we need to get this project
underway….to give you an idea of how basic our needs are….we want to put up
up a bulletin board so we can post information, pictures etc. We are
scrounging to find cork to make the actual bulletin board. If we had the
resources to purchase visual aids and materials for hands on teaching
activities, it would be amazing. We would be in heaven if we could buy 2 or 3
ipads with wifi, because there are so many free interactive dental education
activities in Spanish on the Internet. The kids and Moms could learn so
much, so easily with that kind of technology at our disposal. So there’s
another way we could put our loonies to work.