Bright Teeth and Happy Feet

More than 600 students will be help through this project

Elementary schools in Thailand often have programs to teach children about how to have good health and proper hygiene.  In many schools the students are required to brush their teeth after lunch under the supervision of their teachers.  The students learn the importance of taking good care of their teeth and learn proper procedures for brushing their teeth.  This can help them prevent problems with their teeth and reduce the need for going to a dentist.

During our Christmas Schools Outreach Program in December 2010 in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province the LHM Thailand director and staff visited a number of schools in poor, rural communities.  We noticed that the students in these schools weren’t brushing their teeth after lunch.  The teachers and school administrators told us that the schools didn’t have enough money in their budgets to provide the toothbrushes and toothpaste and that the families were too poor to pay the cost themselves.  Hundreds of children in these schools were not taking good care of their teeth and were likely to have significant problems in the future.

Many of these same children wear socks to school each day that have huge holes in them.  Often their socks are missing both the toe and the heal.  Because they don’t wear shoes inside the school, their socks wear out more quickly.  In these rural areas it’s important for children to be careful about protecting their feet from the bacteria that is common in the dirt around their homes and rice fields, especially when they have animals in their yards.  We observed a large number of students wearing no socks or socks that provided no protection.

The LHMT director decided to try to help these students.  She submitted a proposal to do a holistic project called “Bright Teeth and Happy Feet” in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.  The leaders in the Lutheran Hour Ministries headquarters in St. Louis approved the project and are providing the necessary funding.  The project will be conducted from May 25-27.  LHMT will provide a packet that contains 2 toothbrushes, 1 plastic cup and enough toothpaste to last one school term (5-6 months), 3 pair of socks and some Gospel tracts.  Packets will be given to 632 students in 7 schools in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. 

The LHMT director and staff are currently planning special activities and materials that will help the students understand how to take good care of their teeth.

Please pray that the students will experience God’s love through this project and will want to learn more about who Jesus is and what he has done for them.

The LHMT team will work together on this project with the Guiburi Full Gospel Church


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