LEAP Community Dental Health Project

$3,845 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 66 months
Samer Asous
for Wespac Foundation Inc
The LEAP program is partnering with Beit Atfal Assumoud, a humanitarian non-governmental organization working among Palestinian refugee communities in Lebanon, to implement the Community Cares Dental Health Project. We need YOUR help!
Beit Atfal Assumoud (BAS) currently has six dental clinics in operation within refugee camps that cater specifically to Palestinian refugee populations. These clinics deliver dental care that is often not available otherwise. These clinics are located in Beirut (in Shatila camp), in the North (in Beddawi and Naher El-Bared camps), and in the South (in Ein El Hilweh, Rashidieh, and Bourj El Shemali camps). LEAP will be working in 3 of these camps this summer.

Need: In continuing the mission of ensuring dental healthcare to residents of the camps, and as a response to the ever increasing numbers within these camps, in particular considering the arrival of large numbers of Syrian and Palestinian refugees from Syria, BAS has requested additional support in expanding their outreach in the field of oral healthcare.


Checks: Make tax-deductible contributions to the LEAP Program. Write a check out to the WESPAC Foundation with "LEAP-Dental Project" in the reference line. The WESPAC Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is the fiscal sponsor of the LEAP Program.

LEAP aims to provide : 1500 dental kits for each camp; 7500 dental hygiene kits in total
500 free checkups for each camp; 2500 checkups in total
Background: Ensuring good oral health is an important part of improving overall health. However, worldwide, taking care of one's teeth is often considered with less urgency than other health matters. Poor dental care habits can allow harmful bacteria to attack the gums and teeth resulting in gum disease and tooth decay. Moreover, if left untreated, there are increased risks of other illnesses affecting parts of the body. For example, gum disease can lead to bacteria moving into the bloodstream, causing infection. Such risks can be reduced and eliminated with good dental practices.

Barriers to good oral hygiene are more prevalent in less affluent communities and include limited access to and availability of dental services, a lack of awareness about the need for care, cost and fear of dental procedures. The dental clinics established through BAS in refugee camps in Lebanon aim to remove these barriers, so that residents may have an increased opportunity at better dental health.

Composite filling materials (frontal) Composite filling materials (posterior)
Bonding for composite Itching gel for composite
Composite finishing rubber
Composite finishing burs
Composite finishing gel
Assorted diamond burs for cavity preparation
Carboxylate cement
Glass lonomer luting cement
Root canal filling material
Anesthesia Amp. 2%
Impression materials
Hand piece "turbine fiber optic"
Light cure "for composite filling"

We appreciate your help and support.

Website: http://www.leap-program.org
Email: info@leap-program.org
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On behalf of LEAP and Beit Atfal Assumound (BAS), we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our circle friends for supporting our first Community Cares Dental Health Project. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to implement a successful grassroots dental health campaign in two out of the five camps LEAP was originally supposed to operate in for SHINE 2013. Unfortunately, due to the security situation, LEAP was forced to cancel its projects in the other camps. Nevertheless, we were able to provide much needed dental supplies such as composite and root canal fillings and impression materials. With your donations, LEAP was able to provide over $4000 worth of dental supplies, which were used by two dental clinics in Rashidieh and Bourj el Shamale camps throughout the year for children's dental treatment. Over the course of SHINE's four weeks, LEAP and BAS volunteers worked together to plan, engage, and implement the project.

During week one, volunteers distributed material on dental health around the camps. Volunteers designed, translated, and researched information for the fliers and posters and plastered them around the camp afterward. Volunteers and our partners distributed over 1000 brochures between the two camps on dental health.

For week two, volunteers worked with local dentists to organize informational sessions. During the informational sessions, Dr. Murad in Rashidieh camp and Dr. Emad in Bourj el Shamale camp addressed adults on the specifics of gum disease and dental decay, prevalent throughout the community, and also spoke about preventative care and ways to build healthier habits for their families. The informational sessions were attended by hundreds of adults. The dentists conducted extensive Question & Answer sessions in which parents were able to pose general questions, as well as specific questions about their children's dental health.

On the third week, volunteers organized a Dental Carnival with a series of fun and educational workshops, presentations and activities on dental health. With over 400 kids in attendance, students saw theatrical skits on the importance of daily brushing, flossing, and healthy eating habits for dental health and overall health. Children also participated in fun card games, trivia questions, face painting, and dental bingo. In addition, students designed and colored artwork reflecting the various components of healthy dental care. There was even an original bilingual sing along song which the children learned and performed at the end of the afternoon!

Furthermore, attendees at both at the adult and child information sessions received a dental kit and brochure created by the LEAP and BAS team, summarizing the session's key points, and an appointment card for a free check up with the local dentist.

LEAP will continue to support BAS dental clinics and we hope that we can continue to rely on you for your support throughout the year. Please consider making an additional tax-deductible donation to support the dental clinics by writing a check out the WESPAC Foundation with "LEAP Dental Project" in the reference line and/or donating online. The WESPAC Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is the fiscal sponsor of the LEAP program.
LEAP's Dental Health Project 2013
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5 DAYS left and ONLY 23.6% to our GOAL!

Please consider supporting this important community dental hygiene project.

We need YOUR help and generosity!
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The countdown began!!!
We only have 12 days to implement our Community Dental Health Project in five Palestinian refugee camps and to start the outreach in the field of oral health. In less than a month, we were able to reach 64.5% to our goal. Nothing could be done without your help and generosity.
Help us reach our goal for dental supplies before time passes.
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On behalf of the LEAP Team, I would love to thank everyone who helped us reach 55.6% to our goal in less than 20 days. Thank you for sharing our link with your friends and family. As you all know that we are very close to start working on the ground and nothing could be done without your help, do you think we can reach our goal before the end of the week?
We highly appreciate your help and support.

With Love and Gratitude,
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$3,845 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 40 people in 66 months
Created May 23, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Wespac Foundation Inc
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White Plains, NY
EIN: 133109400
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