Six years ago when we first met Sinuon during our volunteer stint in the rural Cambodian commune of Krobei Riel, she immediately became like a sister to us. Sinuon is a lively young woman who often hides her smile due to her dental issues.
But, let's go back to the start! Sinuon was born into a family of six children and her childhood was very difficult, not unlike other Khmer childhoods. She grew up during a particularly difficult time in Cambodia. It was not long after the collapse of the Khmer Rouge, so at a time when Cambodians were trying to combat the toll the Pol Pot regime had taken on their country, trying to rebuild a nation that had been devastated by war and genocide.
Like many other families in her village, Sinoun’s family struggled, they were very poor, just providing food and clothing for the family was difficult and medical treatments were restricted to life-threatening emergencies. Many years of poor dental hygiene and lack of funds for dental treatments took a toll. Today, Sinuon is facing severe pain as all of her posterior teeth were extracted and she was left chewing on her jawbone resulting in severe decay. One can't even fathom the pain she goes through during every meal. Restoring her teeth is a financial burden the family can barely take, faced with a cost estimation of $7,500, Sinuon's dream of a perfect smile and meals without pain were shattered.
And here is where you can help: join us in raising $4,400 and bring back Sinuon's smile. The remaining $ 3,100 will be contributed by Sinuon and her family through monthly installments of $100.
Orkun chran - the Cambodian thank you - on behalf of Sinuon and her family!
Brittany and Sigrid
Here is the dental treatment plan so you get an idea what the funds will be spent on: