A dental hygienist from Milton Keynes has been using her skills to improve oral health in poor and remote parts of Nepal.
Anne Martin Powders spent two weeks volunteering as part of a team with the dental charity Dentaid, visiting orphanages, projects for street children, schools and remote communities to provide treatment and education.
The volunteers also saw some of the devastation caused by the earthquake which hit the country in 2015 and in the capital, Kathmandu, the team provided treatment and advice at a women’s co-operative group and an orphanage.
Anne said: “Our hearts went out to the children at the orphanage in the nearby foothills where we provided dental treatments, taught oral health and held a tooth brushing session with donated toothbrushes and paste from the UK.
“The children were warm and friendly and our opportunity to play with them and hand out small toys gave us all special memories.”
In the remoted area of Pokhara the team visited a project for street children, left to scavange rubbish, who are given a hot meal each day and the opportunity to live in the safe haven of an orphanage.