Milton Keynes dentist returns from Dentaid mission in Nepal

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A dentist from Milton Keynes has been using her skills to benefit adults and children in Nepal. Many of the people Anne Martin Powders treated on her travels had been affected by the horrific earthquake, which hit Nepal in 2015.

Anne visited Nepal as part of a project overseen by Dentaid. During her 2-week stay in the country, she visited orphanages, shelters, schools and projects for street children, providing dental treatment and oral health education. Anne was part of a team of volunteers.

On her return to the UK, Anne spoke of the devastation the earthquake had caused, and said that her heart went out to the children who had lost parents and adults who had lost their homes and families. The children at the orphanage were particularly happy to see the team, and they were thrilled to receive small toys and gifts. The team also handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste, and they showed the children how to brush their teeth.

In Pokhara, the volunteers visited a project for street children. Before they came to the project, the children were forced to find food in heaps of rubbish. Now, they are given a hot meal every day and they have a warm shelter at night.

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