Dental Students Visit Ringdikit and Kayu Putih

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Manpreet checks boy’s mouth

English dental students Manpreet Kaur and Stephanie Docherty visited the Munduk area last week to hand out oral hygiene supplies and give advice on maintaining healthy teeth. In an environment where the cheapest and easiest food also happens to be the least healthy, this can be very difficult. Around 60 children came to the Ringdikit kindergarten to see them.

Manpreet and Stephanie were excited to help the children make more informed choices about the kinds of foods that they eat. They advised them to avoid candy, of course, but also gave them ways to minimize the damage sugar can have on their teeth. If the children are going to have candy, for example, they told them that they should eat it with a meal and never directly before going to bed. They also told them that if they are going to have soda to drink it through a straw, which minimizes tooth exposure to sugar.

Of course, they also reminded the children that they should be brushing their teeth twice a day, the second time an hour after eating and before sleeping.

ImageThe children were excited to meet them, and many parents also came to ask questions and thank Stephanie and Manpreet for their help. Iluh was kept busy telling children and their parents what their specific dental needs were based on Manpreet and Stephanie’s examinations. For children who do not have access to medical care, their help was so important! They also visited the village of Kayu Putih, where another 20 children gathered for toothpaste and hygiene instruction.

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Stephanie checks boy’s mouth while Iluh interprets

We are so thankful to Manpreet and Stephanie for their help! With just a few hours, they have touched many young lives with their medical expertise. 

Sanda House

Volunteers will find Sanda House to be a welcome reprieve from the hustle of tourist-packed Ubud. A short motorbike drive north from Munduk, or a half hour walk through mountain trails to the center of town, Sanda overlooks serene rice paddies and, further away,  hills forested with lush green jungle.

Though simple, the three-bedroom Sanda House has a kitchen, complete with a refrigerator and range, and a bathroom with a shower. Hot and cold water, as well as wifi, are available. The spacious living area overlooks rice paddies and stately palm trees. Behind the kitchen, a stone-lined path guides you past the tranquil fish pond to the bale, an elevated gazebo where you have an even better view of the gorgeous countryside and the mountains beyond.

Despite its relative remoteness, Sanda House has many friendly neighbors, and is a short walk away from food stands that sell water, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and other staples. A fifteen-minute walk away you will find the main road, where you can find warungs with delicious, inexpensive local food, places to do laundry, and shops. Located near other villages like Gesing and Kuta Piyuh, Sanda is the perfect blend of rural peace and community.

Volunteer Spotlight: Karlien Van Rhyn

Volunteer Karlien Van Rhyn writes about her 9-week stay in Munduk and the powerful experiences she had there. 

As a now-permanent volunteer of the Bali Children’s Project, I am happy to say that I see this project working miracles helping children every day! Since my 9-week visit in March through May 2012, I have returned on a quick one day visit to Munduk recently. I am happy to report that BCP and Iluh Wilarida continue to impress me with development and ideas to keep this project alive!

My experience in Munduk has showed me peace, love, giving and a culture far beyond my expectations and I will carry and be part of this experience for as long as it is possible. It is wonderful to see how people can help in different ways. Whether you are there for a week, month or year (or NOT even there) there are many ways you can
create opportunities for children to have an educated future! 

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world ~Nelson Mandela

With this project I’m hoping to involve and inform more volunteers to become actively interested to see where help is needed. With the help of volunteers and sponsors we give many children the opportunity to attend school and also better their education experience with teaching skills and the English language!

Thank you to Joyce Scott, Iluh Wilarida, and the rest of the BCP team to have shown me a way of life and giving that has changed my life as well as so many others!

Volunteer Spotlight: Kathryn Schlesinger

Volunteer Kathryn Schlesinger, who has arranged for the sponsorship of 34 more children through friends and family, has been active with the BCP since 2010.

This summer, July and August 2012, I was fortunate to make my 4th visit to the village schools in Munduk. The small group that came along consisted of my sister, Annie Schultz, for her third visit, along with first-timers Sharon Stotts and Jeane Ruston. We are excited that we are getting smarter about how we do things when we visit. This was a very cohesive group and all had worked to make our individual contributions in collecting school supplies, lesson plans, organized teacher training, and recruiting new sponsors for students while in the States. We also all worked well in the classrooms doing songs and helping the students do the art projects that we brought. We were able to visit two different schools. At each school we spent time observing some of their daily routine. Then it was our turn! We taught some story songs that had motions and movement. The students always get a kick out of these and want to do them a second time around. Then we did two art projects and a small hygiene lesson on tooth brushing. Before leaving all the students received toothbrushes and toothpaste.

While in Munduk we also had prepared for fun party for the sponsored students. We are very excited that we now have 34 students sponsored. The students were each given a bag with their own school supplies and some fun items. They spent time decorating visors that they got to keep and also a cardboard frame that they sent home with us to give to the sponsors. We also took each student’s photo so the frame would have their photo in it. The highlight was when Iluh prepared some of the students to do an endearing dance performance for us. The party ended with a water balloon toss game and lots of fun and laughter.

Something new that we did was to hold a teacher-training workshop at Sanda House. About 8 teachers came and learned a lot of wonderful ideas to teach math concepts from Sharon and then a few ideas about language development and storytelling. We then all did some learning games with some parachutes that we brought to donate. Each teacher left with a bag of supplies.

It was a fabulous visit and we were touched by our experience.

Kathryn Schlesinger