2nd Annual Trip
For the 2nd annual Clean Hands for Haiti trip, we concentrated our efforts in Port au Prince and the town of Saint Marc.
Knowing that most children (as well as adults) in Haiti have never been examined by a dentist, A&M partnered with CitiDental Group to provide free dental cleanings, emergency dental care, and an Oral Hygiene Everyday Care Seminar to the more than 50 participants as well as to the 19 Haitian students it sponsored. Using the facilities of Smile Dental Clinic in Port au Prince and working alongside a local Haitian dentist, the kids received dental x-rays, cleanings, fillings, and extractions.
We partnered with two schools in Saint Marc, a small coastal town about two hours away from Port au Prince, to provide basketball clinics and health check-ups for nearly 100 kids during an after school program. During the program, we gave out jerseys, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soap, and other household items.
Additionally for our sponsored Clean Hands for Haiti students, we hosted our first annual banquet dinner for them and their families to recognize their hard work and achievements of the previous years. It was held at La Reserve, a five-star restaurant, and for all these students, this was the first time they went to a restaurant of that caliber.
Prior to the banquet, the boys received professional haircuts at a local barber shop and we also partnered with hair stylists from Florida to provide free grooming to the 7 female students. We believe that by pampering them and making them feel special for a day is important to show these students that there is another side of life, and with hard work and perseverance, they can achieve anything.
During the banquet, awards and gifts were provided for all of the students, with two students being selected as the 2016 Students of the Year.
You can view more about our trip by watching our short video we produced: