This week we had a visit from Jane and Sheila who spent a couple of hours with us giving out fruit and friendship bracelets that were kindly made by Pauline Blackburn, Marisa Ellis and the 3rd Stowmarket Guide Company.
We reached the first slum only to find just two children; the other children had gone to their village to celebrate a Hindu festival and would be back in a few days. There were plenty of bracelets so Robert will give them out in the coming week when the children return. Thankfully the second area was a little more active, and around 20 children lined up. Robert went to speak to a couple of the families while Jane and Sheila started to distribute the fruit. The children received two pieces of fruit each and then queued up eagerly when they saw the friendship bracelets. A few of the older girls received the loom band kits at Christmas, courtesy of Penny Ginn so were interested to see a few new designs in the bag full of bracelets. When we finished we headed off to another area and gave out the remaining fruit and a few more bracelets.
Our thanks go to Pauline Blackburn, Marisa Ellis and the 3rd Stowmarket Guide Company who kindly made the friendship bracelets, Wetherden Church and the Guides for gifts in kind and also Sylvia and John Emsden, Lesley and Don Beattya and Ray and Jan Taylor for their financial contribution. Last but not least, to Jane and Sheila. It was a great day, made possible by your support.
Dentist And Root Canal
I seem to have spent quite a bit of time at the dentist and recently have been taking one of the older girls who needed a few fillings and a root canal procedure. I have had a root canal before and I have to say it wasn't that bad, but I had forgotten how time consuming it is. I took Geeta on the first day and she was a little apprehensive, although our dentist, the lovely Sindhiya is really quite good with the children and made Geeta feel at ease straight away. After a quick look around it was decided to take a couple of x-rays, of both sides of Geeta’s mouth and had expected that two root canals were needed, but, thankfully one side would just manage with a large filling but the second side needed the full on treatment. The first sitting took a good hour of carefully removing the decayed enamel. After the first session was completed Geeta had a couple of temporary fillings. An appointment for a later date was made which would give the tooth a time to rest and see if Geeta was still getting pain.
Geeta was provided with some tablets to ease her discomfort. On returning the second week the cavity was cleaned out and the nerves removed. It was amazing to see the Sindhiyas' patience; I was just glad that it wasn't my job. Another two sessions went by and we were near the end. The final session took yet another hour and it was great to have the tooth finally filled with a permanent filling and the rest of her teeth given a good clean for a new bright smile.
Sindhiya over the weeks was quite intrigued about the charity work and kept enquiring how we managed for support. As well as giving a discount on the treatment she kindly gave two large bags of clothes for the children. There were lots of beautiful churidah outfits for the older girls and shirts and trousers for the boys as well as a good selection of clothes for the babies. Over the next few days as children visited I gave out the items as fairly as possible. and it’s great to hear the children go 'WOW' when they see something that catches their eye. I huge thank you to the lovely dentist, Sindhiya who showed such kindness and warmth towards the children.
*Name Changed for Child Protection Reasons.
Dentists Donations Bringing Smiles to the Children