Falcon Dental Care wrote -
Support our team at The Dirty Dash in Colorado Springs on August 24, 2013. We will be getting dirty for a great cause that some of our great patients are involved with.
The "tooth fairies" at Falcon Dental Care are ready to get dirty in support of Clinica Caris in a town called Chichicastenango, which is located in the western highlands of Guatemala. Health Talents International (HTI) is working with Clinica Caris to provide dental health to 20 different communities serving a population of over 40,000. The clinic focuses on preventative and restorative dental care for primarily indigenous and poor member of the community. Prices are adjusted to allow people to have an opportunity for quality healthcare. Although small fees are collected from patients the expectation is that no one leaves without what they need and local community members help to determine people's needs.
All water sources start with springs; however, all water sources get contaminated somewhere down the road, so all water must be either filtered or boiled prior to use. The clinic currently use a bucket filter which is not optimum for the type of services provided and limits the clinic to using water directly from a water system connected to dental units. The cost of filtration systems is extremely high and the maintenance can also become cumbersome. The Sawyer water filter system can be connected to a home and can provide filtered water at the source of entry and provides for up to 5000 gallons daily which would easily meet the clinics' needs. In comparison with other filter systems the cost is relatively low and the install and maintenance are also very appealing. This system which costs less than $1000 would help improve the quality of services in the area.
The information on the water system can be reviewed at the following website: http://www.sawyer.com/water.html#water3
Thank you for considering the possibilities of assisting us with the purchase of the water filter system. As we work as missionaries and a non-profit organization, we are dependent on donations to be able to continue this work in Guatemala. HTI has been here for 40 years and we hope to continue to provide services as long as the need is present. To learn more about HTI please visit the HTI website at www.healthtalents.org.
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