Richmond Road Dental would like to thank Thea Webb from dental supply company Henry Schein Halas for the kind donations of filling material to M’lop Tapang. Dr Elaine took this with her on her last visit and as you can see the children were very appreciative.
In January Dr Elaine, Dr Alice and dental assistant Chen volunteered at M’lop Tapang. Apart from treating many children, they visited sites in Phnom Penh such as the Killing Fields and the Genocide Museum to get a better understanding of the history of Cambodia and why, even today, families are facing so many hardships.
All the girls agree that volunteering is a very rewarding experience. How can you not love helping children like this little cutie!
Not only did Dr Sarah donate her time at the dental clinic but she was able to assist a Cambodian women that had a medical emergency. When Sarah booked in for her massage she got more than she bargained for when one of the massage therapists collapsed. The local Cambodian people use Coining, a technique that has been used in treating many illnesses since ancient times. It is a form of dermabrasion therapy widely practiced in South East Asia. This ancient treatment method is employed to rid the body of “heatiness” or “negative energies”. Dr Sarah was able to offer a more Westernised approach to help.
In September 2015 Dr Jane, Dr Petrina and Nicola explored the amazing temples of Angkor before heading to Sihanoukville for a busy week in the M’lop Tapang dental clinic.
Earlier this month Dr Trish spent a week volunteering her time at the M’Lop Tapang dental clinic. She was assisted by two M’lop Tapang employees – Bopea and Shreypech. Even though it was not officially the wet season it rained a lot. However this did not dampen her enthusiasm. She treated approximately 90 children. This was Trish’s third visit to Sihanoukville and she noticed a great deal of change with more hotels and businesses in town. She was also very impressed at how well equipped the clinic is now, enabling her to offer a broad range of treatment to the local children.
Sihanoukville is a province of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand. A third of the population living on less than $1 per day results in poverty and increased numbers of street children and youth.
M’Lop Tapang is a non Government organisation. (M’lop means protection and Tapang is a large umbrella tree that provides shelter from the elements.) Its main purpose is to provide protection. It was founded by Maggie Eno in 2003. She offered food, safety and education to 6 vulnerable children who slept on the beach every night under a large Tapang tree.
Today Maggie works alongside 179 other staff and over 200 volunteers, helping over 3500 children and their families at 10 specialised centres in the Sihanoukville area. Through a variety of interwoven programs it helps families and communities prioritise the education, health and mental stability of children. It offers the children formal and non-formal education, protection from abuse, counseling, food, medical care, schooling and family reintegration. It helps children to make positive choices for their future. The community centre contains offices, classrooms, playgrounds and a medical facility. Children not only have access to a library, computers, dance, sport and craft classes but they also have access to basic needs such as bathing and meals, all in a safe environment.
In March 2008 Dr Petrina Bowden and Practice Manager Elaine Lancaster set off with 75kgs of donated dental equipment and supplies to Sihanoukville as the children were in desperate need of dental care. Petrina has played a vital role in establishing the dental clinic at the community centre and is a wonderful advocate for this program and very proactive in working towards achieving her goal of obtaining enough volunteers to enable a dentist to visit M’Lop Tapang every 4-6 weeks. This will allow children and their mothers to receive not only emergency treatment, but preventative treatment as well.
Richmond Road Dental supports the program by providing donations of dental supplies as well as sending staff to continue the work at M’lop Tapang. For more information about M’lop Tapang and to make donations click on this link http://www.mloptapang.org