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Lima, Peru: Day 3 brings Sunburn and Blisters…

Posted in Peru on March 22, 2012

Mar. 21, 2012
I almost miss snow.  Us Kamloopsians are used to scorching summers, but coming to Lima from the lingering winter weather we've been recently used to was quite an adjustment of climates.  By day three of working, many of us were burnt and blistered from the powerful sun.

Despite the relentless heat, our determination to contribute never waned.  We dug, hauled rocks, mixed concrete, and built wooden frames for yet more stairs.  The school children certainly helped to keep our spirits high during it all, marching out to sing and present us with posters they had made.

After lunch, we reciprocated with a presentation of our own.  Having a dentist, three hygienists, and a dental receptionist in our group, we spent the afternoon visiting each classroom to promote dental health to the kids.  The Cedar Dental Centre members demonstrated proper ways of brushing and flossing to the children.  Some of the rest of us were dubbed honorary dental staff members for the afternoon and distributed toothbrushes, floss, and toothpaste to every child.

We hope they will continue to take good care of their teeth, because those kids sure love to smile!

Cory Stumpf
DWC Participant
Lima, Peru March 2012

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