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Monday, May 24, 2010

Funds and Forceps for Haiti

In a matter of 35 seconds, on January 12th, 2010, 80% of the government buildings in Haiti became a pile of rubble. One of the few buildings still standing is the Haitian Dental School.
The school has been producing twenty dentists a year to treat a population of nine million people. Having been helping the school over the past few years, I found it to be lacking in almost everything necessary to teach and practice dentistry before the quake - except commitment.
The school needed a helping hand before the quake but needs to keep operating, especially now - so that the building is not requisitioned by some other governmental entity. If the school is closed, I can’t only imagine how long it would take to get another dental school up and running.
From us they have requested forceps, oral surgery instruments, oral surgical and operative handpieces, and of course, monetary donations.
Instruments can be dropped off at the MSDA office or at my office at 8320 Bellona Avenue, Suite 110 in Ruxton. Tax deductible donations can be sent to imaonline.org. Carol and I will be leaving on JUNE 8th - (that’s sooner than you think!) to personally see that the funds and instruments get to those who need them.
For questions or for more information, you can reach me at tom@tomritter.com, or go to carolandtominhaiti.com. If you have made a donation by either PayPal or by mail, please send me an e-mail so that those funds can be designated for the Haitian Dental School.

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