For Global News, Steve Silva follows the journey of two sisters, both dentists at Dartmouth, who used different ways to raise money to fund a life-changing trip and the equipment they needed to provide free dental care for Syrians at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Mr. Silva is a video journalist at Global News in Halifax Canada. Global News offers Canadians from coast to coast a host of news and information telling their stories in ways that make a difference: through video, text, photographs and interactive features.
Syrians at refugee camp get much-needed dental care from Dartmouth dentists
Steve Silva | Global News | 12/07/15
BEDFORD, N.S. – Two dentists who went on a five-day trip last month to a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan to provide free dental care for refugees are now back home in Nova Scotia. “It was hard to leave,” said Asile El-Darahali, who went on the trip with her sister Asraa. The two volunteered at the Zaatari refugee camp, one of the largest communities in the country, as part of a trip by the Syrian American Medical Society. The women, who live in Dartmouth, skipped lunch breaks to treat up to 20 patients per day, which is double the normal amount of people they treat. They paid $3,000 each for travel and accommodations. Before the trip, the two fund-raised $10,000 for dental equipment and supplies; part of that went into buying a dentist’s chair, which is staying at the camp permanently.
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Asile and Asraa El-Darahali would not have been able to make their trip had they not been able to use different ways to raise money for their mission. In addition to drawing on their own funds, the sisters used crowdfunding to raise the $10,000 they needed to buy a dentist chair to treat their refugee patients.
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