Like any dentist operating in Lebanon Abdalla Kassem noticed there are a lot of children who don’t receive proper dental care, let alone proper information regarding their dental hygiene. But unlike most dentists he decided to do something about it.
Kassem created the Dental Awareness Campaign to highlight the issue and educate kids in Lebanon about their teeth, especially the children who don’t even register in the “Lebanese health care system”. He gives group lectures and demonstrations teaching them how to brush teeth properly, what kind of foods cause cavities, what foods help build strong teeth, and ends with a fluoride application. He even brings a clown to paint faces and play with the kids during individual sessions. After the seminar everyone gets a child-friendly kit comprising a toothbrush, toothpaste, and other oral hygiene goodies.
In this video Abdalla leads his second Dental Awareness Campaign for the children of domestic workers in Lebanon hosted at Nasawiya, the feminist collective cafe. ARM, the Anti-Racist Movement in Lebanon sponsored the event with $170 which allowed Abdalla to give a seminar and tooth-kits to 20 children.
There will soon be half a million Syrian children taking refuge in Lebanon. Many of them in need of dental hygene. Abdalla will continue to donate his time and services, but needs funding to buy the toothbrushes and fluoride application. If you or anyone you know would like to help in this venture, please contact: Abdalla.firstname.lastname@example.org
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