Small Projects Istanbul (SPI) is an NGO which supports the those displaced by conflict in the Middle East and North Africa regions. They especially work with women and children, to support their development.
As we Rotaract Club of İstanbul-Zekeriyaköy, our aim was to make an oral and dental screening to Syrian refugee kids in SPI. First, we contacted with a volunteer who works there, and then reached the Youth Program Coordinator. After we agreed on the project, we contacted with 2 volunteer Rotaractor dentists from Rotaract Club of Fenerbahçe. We set up a visit there and we’ve provided Oral-B toothbrushes and Colgate tooth pastes, 30 each. On January 24, 2018 we went SPI with the supplies and dentists, and then the children came. The dentists did oral and dental screening and took notes for each child.
After the screening, we’ve watched a brief video that shows how to brush teeth. We provided the tooth brushes and tooth pastes to all children, after everyone got their kit, in the bathroom we taught them how to brush their teeth by making them do it and giving directions like in the video. After that the kids went home. The dentists engrossed their notes and specified the kids whose problems have an emergency. We’ve handed over the notes to the Coordinator and agreed upon keeping in touch for the transportation of these kids to Oral and Dental Health Center and further actions.
Our project focuses on “Saving Mother and Children, Promoting Peace” in the Rotary’s 6 areas of focus and “Rotaract Health, Rotaract Peace” in the ERIC’s themes because we’ve provided an oral and dental control to children and taught them how to brush their teeth. The main goal in this project was increasing the oral health standards of their children by screening and teaching how to keep their teeth clean.
We have used one of the most effective teaching ways, applied training. By doing this, we have ensured the awareness creation on them about their oral health. Since these refugee kids are away from their home, we wanted to touch their lives. After we showed a little Syrian girl how to brush her teeth by made her do it, she hugged us and said thank you tens of times because she told us that she used to care about her teeth before escaping from her home. She was very happy about our project, like her other mates!
Also we have reported the results of screening, and we are planning to organise their transportation to Oral Care Centres and help them to get the service they need.