From Oct. 9-17, Hope Arising volunteers from Tempe, Gilbert and Mesa (including Dr. Chet Jenkins, who operates North Stapley Dental Care) traveled to Dera and Nazrat, Ethiopia, to help the villagers of the impoverished country. While they were there, the team performed 470 dental exams and extracted more than 650 teeth; examined over 675 people for glasses; screened 2,200 people for trachoma and treated 300 of those diagnosed; educated villagers about hand washing and feminine hygiene; and donated over 300 school kits to local children. For more information about Hope Arising, a Phoenix-based charitable organization, visit www.hopearising.org. Above, picture of two men leaning over a dental patient is (left) Brett LeSueur, a dental school applicant from Gilbert, and Dr. Chet Jenkins, a dentist practicing in Mesa. Below, the volunteer playing with kids is Jonathan Blomquist of Mesa at the Hope Arising office in Dera, Ethiopia.
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