Breakfast and Dental Club

The Breakfast Club is going strong since it began back in February. Yesterday, I was away but luckily had some fellow VSO volunteers visiting who stepped in to help. They even made an improvement to the format and had Junior, the eldest kid, do the cooking on the “mbaula” (charcoal stove)! The banana pancakes and milk went down very well I’m told, which is great to hear. But the really big event was last week, when we were able to give the kids a nice surprise.

Thanks to Wollaton Dental Care, 16 kids received toothbrushes and toothpaste!

Goodies from England

Goodies from England

A very good friend of mine works with Wollaton Dental Care, who are based in Nottingham, England. He connected me to Sam, their Practice Manager. She had read my previous posts about the Breakfast Club and was very keen to help. WDC generously donated a box of toothbrushes and toothpaste for a variety of ages and also lots stickers.

Back in the UK, most kids would consider getting a new toothbrush and toothpaste a mundane thing. Even getting a sticker as a reward for having seen a dentist. The families these kids belong to here live on approximately £30 per month! It’s safe to say they do not have their own toothbrush, do not use toothpaste and most definitely do not have access to professional dental care. So the significance of getting this cannot be underestimated.

A VSO colleague of mine who is also from the UK, went home for a visit in late April. She was kind enough to carry the goodies back for us. It weighed quite a bit at over 3 kg. Sacrificing other valuable items. So thank you Judy!

Judy and David handing out the goodies. Lili taking photos.

Judy and David handing out the goodies. Lili taking photos.

Zikomo Judy, Sam & Wollaton Dental Care!

Zikomo Judy, Sam & Wollaton Dental Care!

Before Judy and David had given out all the goodies, Joy, one of the youngest kids, went straight over to the tap and started brushing on his own! It made all of us laugh 🙂

Joy, leading the way!

Joy, leading the way!

To those who needed teaching, David was on hand to demonstrate. He is a Clinical Instructor after all! But we did keep his one Cherry Plum (local soft drink) a day habit on the quiet. Not that the kids could afford it anyway.

The kids showing David how to brush

The kids showing David how to brush

Happy kids, happy adults. Lots of smiles 😀

"Ku mwetulira" = To smile

“Ku mwetulira” = To smile

It was a good day.

Categories: Healthcare, Malawi, Volunteering, VSO | Tags: , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Breakfast and Dental Club

  1. Reblogged this on Malawi and commented:
    I haven’t managed to do any new posts recently but fortunately my fellow volunteer Herman has posted – and he’s included me in his blog. I am doing a picture post but due to bad Internet service it is taking much longer than I thought. So until then here’s Hermans


  2. Charlotte Stevens

    Hello Judy – great to hear from you and see you in action! Looking forward to hearing more from you in person when you can – you look cheerful so I hope that means all is going well!

    We have done 2 books with an African theme in the past 2 book groups so have been on the same continent in spirit 🙂


  3. That is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Short but very precise info… Many thanks for sharing this one.

    A must read article!


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