Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Volunteer Trip to Israel 2011

During the first two weeks of April this year Dr. Hanna went for the 5th time with an organization called Dental Volunteers for Israel to Israel to offer her services to those below the poverty line in Israel, which is about 1/3 of the population.   Trudi Birger, the founder of DVI, suffered severe dental trauma when the Nazis broke out all of her teeth and she wanted to help other poor children in Israel with their own dental pain.  She hoped they would never have to suffer in the same way that she did so she started DVI about 30 years ago to help the children in Israel.  

Dr. Hanna wanting to use her skills as a dentist to help others in other countries found their website online about 8 years ago and took a chance to be a part of what turned out to be this amazing organization. They provide the state of the art equipment and a place to stay for dentists who come from all over the world to spend a week or two using their skills in dentistry to help the children of Israel. Dr. Hanna especially enjoys helping these children whose grateful faces and hearts are hard to forget.   She also enjoyed helping local dentists there improve their skills in pediatric dentistry, which of course is her specialty. She loves getting meet and work with doctors from all over the world and to treat such a diversity of patients.  Israel has over 100 ethnicities in one little country.   The clinic she worked at regularly treats Jewish, Ethiopian, and Arabic children and she had nothing, but good things to say about the staff there who were so patient and kind to all the children they treated.   

Israel is much safer than you hear in the news.  Dr. Hanna said she feels safer there than often does, here at home in Southern California.  For more information on Dental Volunteers of Israel, the organization Dr Hanna went with to Israel you can click here to go to there website: DVI 

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