El Salvador Dental / Medical Trip June 2016

El Salvador Dental / Medical Trip June 2016

It was great for our team to get back to the clinic Speroway built in El Salvador, in large part due to the generosity of the C.H. Stiller Memorial Foundation and the Pottruff Foundation.
Our dental team was led by dentist Dr. Jack Cottrell and he was joined by fellow dentists

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Final Clinic Day – The 1st of December

Final Clinic Day – The 1st of December

Our final clinic day took us to the largest slum area in the country. The 1st of December is a community we have visited before. This is visit number 5 to be exact and this place and it’s people hold a special place in the hearts of many of our

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Kick-Off Clinic at San José Villanueva

Kick-Off Clinic at San José Villanueva

 If yesterday’s ceremonial dedication of our brand new permanent clinic at San José Villanueva was the dress rehearsal, today was opening night!  We inaugurated the new clinic with over 1,000 patients as we set up shop in and around this beautiful new building.  As we got off the bus at

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A Day to Remember in San José Villanueva

A Day to Remember in San José Villanueva

Today will be remembered as a monumental turning point for Speroway and the people of San José Villanueva.  And it’s not because we saw and treated 1,000 patients – we didn’t.  And it’s not because we performed 250 challenging dental procedures – we didn’t. And it’s certainly not

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Day 4: Tepecoyo

Day 4: Tepecoyo

Our third clinic day saw us revisiting familiar territory in the community of Tepecoyo. Previous team visits provided a familiarity with the school we were working in. Veteran team members suggested what rooms were suited best for each department and we were setup and ready to start in

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Day 3: San Pablo Tacachico

Day 3: San Pablo Tacachico

Our third day in El Salvador and second clinic day started off with a one hour drive to San Pablo Tacachico. The mornings have become routine already with breakfast, pack up our supplies, load up the buses and drive. Our arrival was met with a smaller crowd than we had

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Day 2: Santo Tomas

Day 2: Santo Tomas

DAY 2: SANTO TOMAS
A 30 minute bus ride from San Salvador, the village of Santo Tomas was buzzing by 7:00am when the Dental team arrived for set up. As soon as we had the generators running, our dedicated team of dental professionals had their portable dental units running and drills were

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Day One San Salvador

Day One San Salvador

After arriving after dark last night and a having brief time of introduction to the rest of the team before bed, today was all about getting ready for the week. Lots of preparation required to help these days go off as smoothly and efficiently as possible. A handful of the

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Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground

The crowd applauded and the cameras clicked as the first shovelful of cement dropped into the foundation of the new medical clinic in San Jose Villanueva, El Salvador. The ceremony signified the launch of a new phase in the Speroway plan to bring medical care to the disadvantaged people of

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Some Things Will Never Change

by Tim Fallis
 
Our trip to Tepecoyo earlier this week was one of the first times we’ve ever returned to the site of a previous Speroway clinic.  There’s just so much need within an hour’s drive of San Salvador that we’ve always tried to continue moving into new regions

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Mystery in Zaragoza

by Tim Fallis
We landed in Zaragoza in good time and started setting up in the town square using the municipal offices. Dental, as usual, had come much earlier so they could be up and running by the time we arrived. It was immediately clear that Medical and Pharmacy were

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Pictures Tell The Story

by Tim Fallis
Tonight, as has become tradition on our day off, I’m posting a collection of photos from the past several days here in El Salvador.  You’ll see the team and the people we’ve met – and, of course, the beautiful children.  We’ll be back tomorrow with a full

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