We support less fortunate children in Cebu City, Philippines.
Our aim is to give them educational opportunities and to learn to be mature and responsible people, so they may have a bright future.
Sapnay means "to support" or "to take care of someone with love" in the local language, Cebuano.
Liz : the filipina coordinator of Sapnay.
Lomi : one of the Japanese women board members of Sapnay.
Chang：one of the Japanese women board member of Sapnay.
The Dental Mission, Nov,11,2012
The program was over.The following is Liz’s report.
in the office at . It
was a very rainy Sunday. I took a taxi because
I had to be early to meet the
dentists. I brought with me the toothpaste sachets to
be paired with
toothbrushes to be given to the children as gifts after their checkups.
I also brought the snacks, bottled
water and juice for the dentists. I brought with me
my blender to make the shakes.
Daniel, Sarah, and Ericwere there already with Kayla, Lily, and Fortune. Chloe
to Andrew. Fortune’s
mother and I had to go outside near the road
for the dentist van to be parked inside the TejeroElementary School.
time also, Yumiko and Deo, our Japanese
guests arrived and handed over
to me some Japanese toothpastes for the children. I thanked them
for their generosity.
At exactly , the van arrived with Dr. Phil
and his dental assistant. The school
guard left his post hurriedly after they arrived. He told
them that he will be back a
little later. Dr. Phil was asking where to plug in the van so that the mobile dental
can get electricity for the air-conditioned and some equipment.
Around , the school guard arrived. So we hurriedly asked
if he could help us
the school’s electricity.
He let us go to the gym and there was an outlet, so
they parked the van inside
At , I brought Yumiko and Deo to
the van so that they can witness the dental mission. I served peanut butter
sandwiches with cold milk to Dr. Phil, Japanese
assistant who were very busy setting up the mobile clinic, while children were
in the office.
At , all the children except Gabrielwere in the office. It was very noisy now, children
playing, talking, and just roaming around the office. Some children used
the floor to play the memory game.
I brought Sarah with her mother in the Tejero gym.
Next was Hannah. From the
I brought Hannah to the van. The 2 little girls were very brave. They each had their
teeth cleaned, and onetooth was extracted.They didn’t even feel pain and they
were so happy.
arrived at and set
up outside the van so that the job will be faster.
He cleaned the children’s teeth before their teeth would be extracted. Then Dr. Phil
filled the cavities. The children took turns in the dental check up.
dental procedure, the children went back to the office to claim their prize.
They got new toothbrush, a sachet of toothpaste, and the mango ice candy milk shake.
At I had to receive the lunch for the dentists and visitors. So I had to go back
to the office and bring
some food to the van. It was
a tiresome experience but very
At , 13 children were done. We
had six children
left. The doctors then had
to take a break for 45 minutes.
At , I brought the 6 children to
take turns for their dental
finished at but the doctors in the van had to finish their on-the-spot report,
so they left at .
it’s over and was a very successful one, Thank you to our sponsors.
I thank also our new
cluster presidents, who were there to watch over the office.
They decorated with some Christmas decorations so that we will have
spirit in the office. I thank Lily’s mother, Nikky’s mother, and Dorothy’s mother who
were there to give moral
support to their children.
From Lomi to Liz,
Thank you very much for your hard-working and mothers' support. Please tell them
that we couldn't do such a wonderful
work without their support.
In addition, I'm proud of our children who were brave to
come to the dental mission,
even though they were so scared.
I'm sure that they will take care of their teeth to avoid
making other cavities. Hopefully,
they won't have any cavities next dental
From Liz to Lomi,
Only 1 tooth was extracted because
the child cannot bear the pain and trauma. All
teeth with decay were restored.
All children got the oral prophylaxis, meaning their
teeth are cleaned, and they
are free of tartar and plaque. Now they know that brushing
teeth after every meal
is important. All the children admitted that they don't brush
during night time because they are lazy. They promised to brush their teeth
before bedtime. I am so proud of them because they were all brave, especially Sarha
and Hannah who were smiling after their tooth extraction.