If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SLP at Laughlin Children’s Center Traveling to Guatemala and Nepal to Serve Children in Need


We already know we have wonderful staff here at Laughlin, but times like this remind us just how stellar they truly are! Our very own speech language pathologist, Jill Eckert, will be traveling to Guatemala next month and Nepal in October with Dr. Suzanne Maslo, DDS to volunteer with Global Dental Relief providing children with free dental care. This isn’t the first time Jill has volunteered her time and skills to impoverished children. This will be her ninth dental mission trip!

When asked why she goes on these dental humanitarian trips with Global Dental Relief, Jill responded, “We are called as fellow humans to provide love and care to children. I love being part of a team offering first time dental care to children who may not otherwise receive it.”

Global Dental Relief (GDR) is a charitable organization established in 2001 to provide free dental care and oral health education to impoverished children and families of Nepal, northern India, Cambodia, Kenya, and Guatemala. GDR’s commitment is to return to these same children every two years to provide continuous care. Dental camps, such as the ones Jill takes part in, generally include up to six dentists, three hygienists and six to twelve non-medical volunteers who collectively treat upwards of 150 children per day. GDR currently offers twenty clinics in five countries to volunteer combined with opportunities to explore local culture and participate in guided travel following the clinic. Since 2001, GDR has hosted more than 2,000 volunteers and treated more than 125,000 children. To learn more about Global Dental Relief, visit www.globaldentalrelief.org.

Outside of her work, Jill likes to garden, cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and participate in her church’s music team. When asked what she most wants to share with the world about her experience volunteering, Jill said, “We want people to know that anyone can do this work; anyone can make a difference in the world.” Laughlin is so proud of you, Jill, because that’s exactly what you’re doing! Wishing you a safe and successful trip!


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