Saturday, February 13, 2010


It’s not easy to change gears. Another FTC team of medical and dental professionals is heading for El Salvador. Some of our team, including Dr. Tony Brown, Dr. Paul Puckrin, and a couple of paramedics just accompanied me to Haiti exactly one week after a 7.0 earthquake struck Port-au-Prince. Now these Haiti responders are heading out yet again to offer primary care to children and families in Central America. We simply can not forget that even in times of disasters the medical and dental needs for children continue in other needy countries.

This is the fifth trip to Central America for our team, the second in a row to El Salvador. Dr. Tony and I went to El Salvador in December to scout out communities that would benefit from our support. What we found were several communities that had been tragically affected by the November 2009 floods and landslides. The unfortunate outcome of those mini-disasters was many deaths and the loss of numerous homes. It’s to these communities we will be taking medical and dental treatment; dispensing medicines and food and clothing.

In comparing this team with previous missions, it turns out to be the largest we have organized. Thirty (30) of us will depart from Toronto on Saturday February 13 to the capital city of San Salvador. Six of the team are making this journey for the first time. Our expertise base has expanded significantly with the addition of specialists in skin diseases and a dentist who will perform root canals.

I would encourage you to watch the blog over the next week as we report from El Salvador. We plan to post daily reports on our activities and provide a look into our day through the lens of team member Tim Fallis.

Our team members all agree that what we accomplish in El Salvador during this coming week is only possible through the support of caring partners like you. Thank you for your prayers and for your financial support.

On behalf of the entire team,
Ken Dick, President

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