EL SALVADOR – DAY EIGHT: INTO SOMALIA

Imagine 2,000 destitute people living on less than $2 per day, crammed into a dusty patch of scrub the size of five city blocks, in the middle of San Salvador.

A classic con man sold property rights he didn’t actually have to the residents, draining them of

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EL SALVADOR – DAY 7: LIFE AFTER THE LANDSLIDE

We drove inland again today to a village called Verapaz. Here, nearly 2,000 people live at the base of a volcano. The drive was beautiful with striking views of the mountains and lush green valleys below. But it wasn’t quite so picturesque back in November when heavy

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EL SALVADOR II: THE WEEK IN PICTURES

Tonight, rather than another lengthy post, we opt for a few shots of the team from the past few days. Tomorrow it’s Verapaz and then Somalia – we’re in the home stretch and everything is going smoothly.

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EL SALVADOR – DAY FIVE: SAN AGUSTIN SUCCESS

Well, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you planned. Some logistical challenges on the ground here in El Salvador meant we didn’t make it to Verapaz today but instead set up shop in San Agustin.
We didn’t “get the memo” until we were on the

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A BETTER TOMORROW AND A STRUGGLE TO PERSEVERE

Dr. Steve Russell is in El Salvador now with an FTC Canada Medical-Dental team providing primary medical care to desperately needy families in and around the capital city of San Salvador.

In this contribution to his hometown paper, Dr. Steve provides details of the teams efforts to lend a helping

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FEMININE DIGNITY KITS HAVE AN ADVOCATE

Vancouver speaker and author Grace Fox is helping to promote what she describes as an “innovative project”.

Grace Fox is promoting the Feminine Dignity Kit (FDK) at her speaking engagements in North America. 

Speaking directly to the plight of women around the world, Grace seeks

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EL SALVADOR – DAY 4: FLOOD-TORN JOYA GRANDE

Today we headed inland to the shores of Lake Ilopango and a village named Joya Grande (translation: large jewel).
After an hour on the road we entered an isolated area, driving down a mountainside on a twisting, dusty road bordered by 40 foot walls of mud. As we

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EVENT: FTC CANADA 2nd ANNUAL BLUE & WHITE GALA

You are invited to join us at the 2nd Annual Blue & White Gala March 7, 2010.
We have watched a one medical team return from Haiti and another depart for El Salvador. In the midst of this activity we are preparing for a special gala evening.
Please join us

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EL SALVADOR – DAY THREE: A NEW FTC RECORD!

Where to begin? Today’s clinic in the impoverished village of Melara was FTC Canada’s biggest and most successful ever. Our team saw 1,164 patients including 115 dental cases that included fillings, extractions, root canals and treating infections. But the numbers can’t begin to describe the day and

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EL SALVADOR ~ DAY TWO: THE CHILDREN OF REMAR

Today was a good day – a really good day. Some of us spent the morning counting more vitamins to be distributed to families at our clinics throughout the week. The rest took stock of the other medicines, equipment, food and supplies currently filling our storage room.
Monday’s

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LANDED! WE ARE FINALLY HERE!

The FTC Canada medical-dental team arrived at Pearson Airport around 7:00 am this morning. For the veterans, it was a time to reconnect with friends they hadn’t seen since the last trip. The first timers nervously fidgeted, wondering what they’d gotten themselves into as the reality of what

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HAITI TO EL SALVADOR

It’s not easy to change gears. Another FTC team of medical and dental professionals is heading for El Salvador. Some of our team, including Dr. Tony Brown, Dr. Paul Puckrin, and a couple of paramedics just accompanied me to Haiti exactly one week after a 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. Now

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