The December 2003 Visit
The December 2003 visit will be remembered as the first trip to the dentist for some of the girls and boys. Unfortunately, little or no money had been spend on dental services and consequently many of the children had serious dental problems. Some had black and rotten teeth in their mouths. Some needed three teeth extracted. Dr. Fabian Moncayo Gracia generously offerred his dental services free of charge. However, we needed to collect money for the dental materials and drugs needed to treat the children. Fortunately we were able to gather the needed $2000 US Dollars for the 44 children with the worst problems. In addition, all the children now have toothbrushes, toothpaste and instructions on how to brush their teeth.
Unfortunately the planned pool party was rained-out. The Hotel Puerta del Sol had generously purchased all of the food for the pool party and it was taken to the orphanage the next day. Many thanks to the hotel and its management staff.