Oral Care Camp

Week 1

Coordinating a seminar can be very challenging at the Center.  There is usually so much happening.

I arrived at CCH ready to present the first Oral Care Camp.  The plan was to teach to all the girls and house-mothers, but no one was ready and no one had heard about it.  I confess that even though I should have expected this, I was disappointed.  One thing I have a very difficult time with is adjusting on the fly, and you would think I had the flexibility thing down by now.

I thought, “Now what.”  I had just collected a group of the youngest girls, all ready and eager to hear and learn, but with no translator, and all rooms locked.  We had tried to contact Jackson our translator, but couldn’t get ahold of him.

AtiAtinia (Elicia)nia (Elcia) and Yvelande volunteered to help keep order with the 3-6 year olds.  They ended up helping me translate for five minutes with their little English and my little Creole.  We were just managing; but, I had some good information to share and wasn’t able to share it with all of our limitations.  But then someone came who knew some English and helped me until Jackson came to help.

I11828618_10153090918263105_3968358478704595304_nn spite of the days start in disorderliness and frustration, the Oral Care Camp went very well; and, I also think they enjoyed the information given, especially information about the tooth and body connection.
I was able to teach most of the girls and house-mothers, mostly in smaller groups as they were able to come.  I have hopes that next week it will be more organized.  I do have plans on teaching tooth care to the Joshua House boys and the James 1:27 Widows and the caretakers for the babies.
P1040464The Oral Care Camp will run for another three weeks on Saturday.  These camps are meant to give small, quick “bites” of information no longer than 30 minutes.
Today’s seminar touched on brushing: when to brush, how to brush, and why brushing the teeth is so important, and that there is more than one reason to take care of our teeth and to have a pretty smile.
A special thanks to Dr. Tom Bieber, DDS, fromP1040466 Clear Lake, IA, for donating the tooth model.  It was a hit.  They really liked it.  Their comment was “Bèl dan blan” which means “Beautiful white teeth”.

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