Wednesday, December 15, 2010

1,2,3,4,5 - Cambodian Children Learn the Right Way to brush Their Teeth

200-300 children at Wat Vihear Kpus Primary School in Takeo province, Cambodia learn Dental Hygiene from Cambodian Dentist, Dr. Khom Pisal. After which; toothbrushes and toothpaste were supplied to all - even the teachers and local villagers! This project was funded by the sale of Cambodian silk scarves sold in Canada. Etobicoke, Gravenhurst and Huntsville Rotarians rallied to the cause and bought all the scarves.

Help us teach and distribute to more schools in the following 3 months.

To donate, contact:

25 Cents Can Provide a Healthy Smile to a Cambodian Child!

Etobicoke, Huntsville and Gravenhurst Rotarians can proudly wear their purchased Cambodian silk scarves knowing that they have provided Dental Hygiene Education, toothpaste and toothbrushes to over 2,000 children and landmine-affected families in Cambodia - WOW! It's been a successful program thanks to the efforts of Cambodian Dentist, Khom Pisal and dedicated A Mine Free World Foundation volunteers. 25 cents is all it takes to supply a child with a tube of toothpaste and a toothbrush.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cambodian Landmine Families Receive Support and Learn Dental Hygiene

On November 20, 2010 vital support was provided for 52 landmine-affected families in Koas Krala District, Battambang province, Cambodia. Dr. Khom Pisal from the Angkor Dental Association teaches dental hygiene and dental supplies are provided to all through generous support from Rotarians from The Rotary Club of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. 34 businesses provided to families and educational support for children funded by the Canadian Landmine Foundation and the Rotary Club of Etobicoke. Projects conducted by A Mine Free World Foundation. Rotary Wheels for Learning provided 24 of these bicycles to children of landmine survivors. This has been the first self-sustainable support many of these people have received.

November 21 saw our team go to three locations in Koas Krala district.  In the morning, we arrived at a Primary School where 300-400 students and teachers were waiting to receive Dental Hygiene Education. In the afternoon, two more sessions were given in rural village locations.

Dr. Khom Pisal teaches dental hygiene, she uses as a prop an overisized set of teeth and a large toothbrush. Her half-hour session includes letting some children take turns demonstrating the proper way to brush.  After the session, toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste are handed out to all children and adults.

Our Dental Hygiene Education Team in Koas Krala was comprised of Dr. Khom Pisal, Pauline Johns, Lisa McCoy, Un Vanthon and family in collaboration with Sopheany Chhoeun, Ben Sida and Loeung Deun of the Koas Krala Cambodian Red Cross.

Dental Hygiene Education is supported by A Mine Free World Foundation in Canada.

Your small donation of $5 could provide dozens of toothbrushes and toothpaste for landmine-affected families and poor rural families in Cambodia - dental education is vital and non-existant in the rural areas of Cambodia.

Your donation can be made out to 'A Mine Free World Foundation'. In the memo field of your cheque, please write: 'Dental Hygiene Education'

A Mine Free World Foundation,
906 Fung Pl.
Kitchener, ON
N2A 4M3

Dental Hygiene Education and Supplies for Hundreds of Cambodian Children

Dr. Khom Pisal from the Angkor Dental Association in Siem Reap teaches valuable dental hygiene to over 300 children at a rural school location in Koas Krala district, Battambang province, Cambodia. This A Mine Free World Foundation project was realized thanks to generous help and support from Bill & Dora Rathbun and Cathy Jordan and members of the Rotary Club of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada. Our team went to 2 more village locations where hundreds more were taught and received toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Help us do more! We want to help 300 children at a dump in Phnom Penh receive this help. To donate, please see:

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Another $460 Raised by Rotarians and Friends in Huntsville, Ontario!

SOLD OUT!  (for now)

It's just astounding!  For the second week in a row I have received amazing news here in Cambodia about the efforts of fellow-Rotarians back home who have rallied to the cause to improve dental health for children in the rural areas of Cambodia.

A Huge Thanks to Rotarian Cathy Jordan of the Rotary Club of Huntsville that has led a campaign that has sold $740 of silk scarves.  Many thanks to everyone that made a purchase.  Countless children in 2 provinces here will now receive vital dental hygiene education from a qualified Cambodian dentist.  Dr. Khom Pisal has fixed 13 of my teeth - I know how qualified she is :-)

A possible few thousand toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste will be purchased with these funds and loaded onto a van and away we go!  Plans are underway now for 2 rural distributions - Koas Krala district in Battambang province and Trapeng Tasome area villages in Takeo district. The first session and distribution will take place in November.

Earlier this year, Dr. Sorin Mitrana of Lackner Woods Family Dentistry, Kitchener donated $225 towards this cause.  He had been to developing countries and had seen first-hand the serious issue of tooth decay in the rural areas.  This can be changed through education.

A huge thanks to Rotarian Bill Rathbun and his wife, Dora for their time to deliver scarves in Muskoka.

Keep your eye on this blogsite for updates through the next 5 months on this continuing project for rural children in Cambodia.

I'll be bring back more beautiful hand-loomed scarves from Cambodia in April.

For more information on this program, please contact me at
All proceeds from the sale of scarves are donated to A Mine Free World Foundation for this dental program. The scarves are temporarily sold out but donations are still welcome :-)

  Your donation can help us reach more children this winter.

A Mine Free World Foundation
906 Fung Place,
Kitchener, ON,
N2A 4M3

Lisa McCoy,
Phnom Penh,

Friday, October 22, 2010

$280 in Scarves Bought By Huntsville Rotarians in Ontario Canada

Many thanks to Huntsville Rotarians for their support -  $280 will realize dental education and supplies to hundreds of children in Takeo and Battambang provinces here in Cambodia.

A big thanks to Dan Blix and Rotarian Bill Rathbun who are raising these needed funds in Canada while I'm here in Cambodia volunteering.

Many thanks to Dora Rathbun and our Rotary Exchange student Federica who modeled the scarves so beautifully :-)

Our first trip into the villages with Cambodian dentist Dr. Pisal will be sometime in November. 

I challenge all fellow-Rotarians and supporters to buy up our few remaining scarves and help us fight the battle against detal decay in the villages for MORE children.

All proceeds go to A Mine Free World Foundation for their dental program here.   Call 705-687-8538 to purchase your beautiful silk scarf now.  Details in posting below.   Only a few left!

I'll be bringing more scarves back with me in April!

Thanks to all for their support,

Lisa McCoy
Phnom Penh

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buy a Beautiful Hand-Loomed Cambodian Silk Scarf for $20 to Support Dental Hygiene for Rural Cambodian Children

In Developing countries, dental care and dental hygiene education is almost nonexistant, especially in the rural areas.

Some 60-90 percent of schoolchildren have dental decay. Left untreated, it can lead to painful and dangerous abcesses, gum disease and loss of permanent teeth.

You can change that!

With your purchase of a silk scarf, hand-loomed by rural women in Cambodia you can support dental hygiene education for their children.

I will be leaving for Cambodia in a few days.  I will be traveling throughout rural areas accompanied by volunteer Cambodian dentist, Dr. Khom Pisal.  She will be teaching dental hygiene to rural children. We will be distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to the children and their parents.

Many children will benefit from the purchase of your scarf.  The funds will be donated to A Mine Free World Foundation for this dental hygiene program. .

Supplies will be purchased in Cambodia:

A carton of 288 tubes of 28mg toothpaste - $28.80

A carton of 144 toothbrushes - $17.28

YOU can help MANY children with your purchase!

Consider your purchase for a birthday or Christmas gift.  Each scarf comes packaged with the a colorful insert telling their story.

Our first target area is Battambang province and the rural villages in Koas Krala district.  Along with volunteering to give out bicycles to the rural children through Rotary Wheels for Learning - , Dr. Pisal will also be volunteering to teach dental hygiene to the rural families.

Many Thanks to Dan Blix for his graphic design:
Dan's Advertising Design:
Thanks to Linda Kristin Blix for her photography.

Help us make a difference!

Lisa McCoy