Elgin Dental Care: A Beacon of Hope and Health
Empowering Communities and Bridging Gaps
At Elgin Dental Care, we firmly believe in extending our hands, not just within the confines of our clinic, but reaching out to those who need us the most. Whether it’s local community initiatives or broader horizons, our mission remains unwavering: to change lives, one smile at a time.
A decade ago, our passionate dental implant surgeon, Fadi Barack, pioneered a mobile clinic in Kenya’s secluded Olorte region. Ever since we’ve been wholeheartedly backing this venture with an eye on continuously enhancing its reach and services.
Our alliance with the Starfish Clinic Project International (SCPI) goes beyond teeth. Together, we’ve expanded healthcare horizons to roughly 15,000 Maasai residents without access to such essential services. From direct treatments and vaccinations to health education, we’re laying the foundation for a healthier tomorrow. Additionally, our collaboration with RedTribe empowers the Maasai community with skills and resources, fostering holistic growth.
Our team’s dedication shines brightly as Elgin Dental Care team spearhead frequent medical missions to Olorte. Under the guidance of our practice principal, Kamal Kamali, we offer various medical services, emphasizing dental care and research into local health challenges.
Kamal’s mentorship has shaped Florence, the local nurse, into a proficient healthcare provider. Recognizing the importance of mobility in healthcare delivery, Kamal took a decisive step in 2017 and 2018 by donating a truck and a motorcycle. These vehicles became vital cogs in the wheel of progress, carrying not just medical supplies but also the promise of accessible healthcare to the remotest of regions.
In an inspiring tale of knowledge transfer, local nurse Florence has been trained to perform extractions and diagnose dental ailments, an initiative augmented by delivering a dental unit for fillings in 2023.
Investing in the Future: Education and Healthcare
Our efforts in Kenya have always been inclusive and expansive. Kamal has proudly sponsored the education of two children, ensuring that the seeds of knowledge are planted to grow the leaders of tomorrow. Malanka graduated from secondary school and started studying public health at university, while the younger boy is about to begin secondary school. Education is a cornerstone of sustainable development, and by investing in these young minds, we’re contributing to the long-term prosperity of the entire community.
In collaboration with Dr Fadi Barack, in 2023, Kamal took a significant step forward in healthcare by sponsoring the construction of a new dental clinic. This facility is a leap towards enhancing the quality of dental care available to the Maasai people and is a symbol of our deep-rooted commitment to their well-being.
A Vision for Holistic Care
Our vision encompasses a comprehensive approach to healthcare. We recognize the unique challenges women face, especially during pregnancy and childbirth. Fadi’s and Kamal’s plans are ambitious and clear-cut: to equip the dental clinic and maternity ward with critical medical equipment, including dental chairs for comprehensive dental care and ultrasound machines for expectant mothers. The goal is to evolve these facilities into full-time, fully functioning-clinics. These plans are set to unfurl, starting with the necessary training to ensure that once operational, they can be staffed by the very people they serve.
Seeds of Prosperity: The Avocado Initiative
To empower the locals to take over these initiatives, Fadi and Kamal also embarked on projects that nurture economic independence, such as sponsoring the local chief to plant 500 avocado trees. This introduces a lucrative alternative to the traditional maize crops, paving the way for a prosperous and sustainable future.
Connecting Cultures: Beyond Business
Each year, as the festive season rolls around, we proudly showcase exquisite necklaces crafted by Maasai artisans. It’s more than a purchase; it’s an embodiment of mutual respect and appreciation. Your contributions have been monumental. Just between November 2022 and January 2023, with the support of our incredible patients, we raised an impressive £1014.00 through the Red Tribe Beadwork sales at our practice.
Our endeavours with the Maasai community are a testament to the age-old Maasai proverb: “One head cannot hold all wisdom.” As we extend our knowledge and resources, we’re honoured to absorb their rich traditions, insights, and spirit.
Kamal envisions a self-sufficient community. His aspirations range from facilitating comprehensive dental treatments like root canals to creating a digitally integrated lab setup. His ultimate aim? To inspire and empower the locals to do the same.
With a forward-looking approach, Kamal plans to equip the dental clinic and maternity ward with essential medical devices, laying the groundwork for fully functional healthcare facilities. The goal is clear: to ensure that every expectant mother and dental patient receives the care they need and deserve.
Kamal’s resolve is to annually return to Kenya, not just as a visitor but as an educator and healthcare provider. His dream is to invest a month each year, offering complex dental treatments and fostering an environment of learning and growth.
To every patient, supporter, and believer, your faith fuels our journey. We’re grateful for your unwavering support and look forward to creating more impactful stories. Together, let’s create a world where every smile tells a story of hope, health, and harmony.
Thank you for standing with us, for believing in the power of giving, and for helping us bring to life the vision of Elgin Dental Care—a vision where care transcends boundaries and every smile bridges gaps.
Together, we smile brighter.