Atlanta-based Kool Smiles, a charity that provides dental care in underserved communities mostly across the U.S., has partnered with the U.S. Peace Corps to send 400 dental kits to children in a rural village in the South American nation of Guyana.
The village of Haimaracabra is two hours by boat away from the nearest town offering dental services, and most people wait until facing an emergency before they seek care, Peace Corps volunteer Holleigh Thomason said in a Kool Smiles news release.
The Kool Smiles donation, made possible by the Benevis Foundation, helped Ms. Thomason conduct a clinic in the village to focus on prevention through education.
Guyana, which sits east of Venezuela on the northern coast of South America, earlier this year named Marva Jacobs its honorary consul in Atlanta.
President Jimmy Carter recently visited the country to monitor its polarized elections, a trip that marked the Carter Center’s 100th election observation mission.