On March 2, 2013 the office and a couple of volunteers flew down to Guatemala and had an opportunity to provide dental services to a home called the Prince of Peace Home for Girls. The home is a non-profit venture and is supported solely on donations. Their goal is to provide a safe refuge, education, counseling and the opportunity for the girls to get a job when they leave the home. The girls ranged in ages 5 to 20+ years old and had been placed in the home for various reasons. The medical/dental clinic on site is supported by the home, but it had been at least 2 years since a dentist had come to provide a service there. We spent three and a half days cleaning, sealing, restoring and extracting teeth. We also had an opportunity to do a feeding ministry to the widows and single women that lived on the mountain. Some of the POP girls came from that area and it is a way for them to give back to the community they once lived in. In addition, one of our volunteers was a hairstylist and she spent time cutting and styling the girls' hair.
For some of us the trip was a reminder of a culture we came from and for others it was a new experience both culturally and spiritually. For all it was an experience we will never forget and an opportunity to give to those in need. Our last day was spent in Antigua, Guatemala where Dr. Foncea and his family have been living for the last 8 months. It was a wonderful way to end our trip.