Update (2) from 2018 Dental Project

[Submission via Ruthie and Rankin Skinner, 21 January 2018]
Canoa Beach, January 14-19
With KEP members Colleen Murray and Kelly Erskine. We saw between 2,500 and 3,000 kids for Fluoride Varnish with ACP and toothbrushes all around. Our next outing will be at the Dutch foundation school of Villa Ticca, in South Quito, on January 25.
Joining us will be Donald and Roberta Skinner and their daughter Dana Stefaniak.
The lovely lady with her look-alike Beanie Baby lives in the rural village of Ambache. She has one coffee tree and one cacao tree. She harvests and processes both for her personal use. But, whenever we arrive, she lovingly shares one bag of each with us, to show her appreciation for working in her community. A true act of love, and just one of the things which makes our volunteerism so rewarding.

Update (1) from 2018 Dental Project

[Submission via Ruthie and Rankin Skinner, 05 January 2018]

Auki Tituańa is an Economist and former professor in the Universidad Andina and ex-Mayor of Cotocachi. These photos were taken at his foundation. Other personnel in the photos are Wilson Ruiz, Rankin Skinner and Leonardo Ońa. A bunch of indigenous children were seen for Fluoride Varnish with ACP and were given toothbrushes in the school in Imantag, near Cotocacki.

Wilson Ruiz, Auki Tituańa, Rankin Skinner, Leonardo Ońa

Auki Tituańa and Rankin Skinner

A New Facet to the Dental Project

by Rankin Skinner

In February, Rankin, Ruthi, Roberta, and Donald Skinner spent three weeks in Ecuador. We delivered 3,400 toothbrushes, applied a new fluoride varnish that remineralizes enamel and dentin and causes teeth to absorb 200% more fluoride, and delivered sealant material to participating clinics. We recruited firemen, policemen and Red Cross volunteers to help us accomplish this large task. This was the first time we have had help and it was GREAT! We also attended the indigenous soccer tournament in Peguche, where my Compadre’s( Jaime Yacelga) team won the championship. The pregame show was three hours of dance and music. David Coffey’s group took another 2,200 toothbrushes, which have been distributed in Ibarra. We also shipped 5,000 toothbrushes to the Peace Corps to distribute to the victims of Tunguarahua. We are working towards a national program in dental health, but that is another story.

Following the Skinner family’s visit to Ibarra, the following article appeared in the local newspaper:

La organizacion altruista denomindada “Companeros de las
Americas” combatira las caries en la ninez imbaburena aplicando
un barnez sellante recientemente inventado. El programa en el pais empezo en el 2002. El doctor Skinner entrego su sellante al Ministerio de Salud en esa occasion trabajo bien con ninos de algunas escuelas de Ibarra y el sector de La Esperanza, hasta el momento se ha traido al pais ciento cincuenta mil dosis del sellante. El objetivo de este ano seria llegar a cubrir todas las escuelas de la provincia de Imbabura como un plan piloto. Posteriormente se ampliara a nivel nacional. Para esto “Companeros de las Americas” intentaran conseguir el apoyo economico de la Fundacion Gates, de Bill Gates de Estados Unidos. Es un programa social. El programa odontologico para los ninos favorecidos es gratuito. Su objetivo, la prevencion de las caries en la ninez y tendra una duracion de 5 anos, solo en
Imbabura. Paralelamente al desarrollo del programa se sumara una provincia por ano. La segunda provincia seria Esmeraldas, por el regimen de estudios costa-sierra, y poder copar los tres meses de vacaciones escolares.

Items for Ecuador

Kentucky Partners gathered wheelchairs, walkers, canes, toothbrushes, books, and
children’s items for distribution to Partners members working in Ecuador, including Miguel
Castanel in the oriente and Rich Mier and Rita Caufield in Santo Domingo de los Tsachila.
David Coffey and his students, as well as Bob and Judy Baumann and other travelers
assisted with transportation and distribution.

Thanks to those helpful travelers!