OMO SMILES

$1,870 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 35 months
My name is Vineeta Nand and I am a  Registered Dental Hygienist in Toronto, Canada. 

The summer of 2015 is when I first discovered the documentry called Omo Child: The River and the Bush. This is a documentry about a region in Ethiopia called Omo Valley where the tribes practice the killing of children who are considered cursed.

Lale Labuko is from Kara tribe in Omo valley and he has been saving the lives of the so called "Mingi" babies. For more information please check out: www.omochild.org 

I had the pleasure of meeting Lale after watching the documentry. My heart was bursting with emotions as I hugged Lale. He was very inspiring and I knew then that I would be making a trip to Ethiopia to provide free dental hygiene care for the Omo Child family.

This dream became a reality just 1 week ago. I was able to provide free dental hygiene care to 43 children and 7 adults in Jinka, Ethiopia. None of the 50 individuals had ever had their teeth cleaned before. 


Lale and I worked together to obtain the required paper work so that I could provide dental hygiene treatment. This process took a while and I was uncertain if this trip was actually going to happen. Because of this uncertainty, I was not able to fundraise proir to my trip. I had to dip into my savings to fund this mission by myself.

Having now completed the mission, I calculate my total expenses to be $11,000.
The funds covered costs such as:
*Airfare and accomadations
*Portable dental unit
*Dental supplies
*Visas, extra baggage fees and ground transpoartation

Your donation in support of this truly incredible mission is greatly appreciated.

With much love and many thanks,

Vineeta

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8 year old Ruth is all smiles after her teeth cleaning.
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Meet my rockstar patient, Diana Bulko!
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Oral hygiene education is the key to preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease. Happy to say that these kids soaked up all the information right away. Way to go Omochild children!
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Local Dentists in Jinka, Ethiopia.
Dr. Alayu and Dr. Abraham

These Omo children are such a sweet blessing!

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$1,870 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 14 people in 35 months
Created August 23, 2016
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$100
Anonymous
21 months ago
$20
Travis Gardiner
29 months ago

I met Vineeta the other day and I was very moved by her story of generosity. She is truly changing lives.

GB
$50
Geneva Bokowski
32 months ago

Vineeta this is such an amazing thing you're doing, I'm so proud of you. Keep going in the direction of your dreams, these kids clearly benefit from the energy you are putting forth ♥

LM
$50
Lily McRoberts
34 months ago

Congratulations Vineeta! This is wonderful work, and we are so glad to see your progress! xo

JL
$50
Julian Lorenzo
34 months ago
CL
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Cedric St Louis
34 months ago
$50
Lindsay Grant
34 months ago

You are amazing, Vineeta!

RN
$200
Roshni Nand
35 months ago
CP
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Christina Peltier
35 months ago
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35 months ago
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