Dra. Cruz demonstrating to Virginia how to care for her teeth.

Dra. Cruz demonstrating to Virginia how to care for her teeth.

The BECAS program includes not only an educational scholarship, but access to health care as well. BECAS is working with the Red Cross and Vista Para Todos, an Ecuadorian foundation that offers eye care. The scholars are seen by dentists, optometrists, doctors, psychologists, and a speech therapist.

For many of these kids, this is the first time they have received quality health care. The dentist, Dr. Soraya Cruz, told us that she sees a lot of children with rotting teeth because of a lack of education about dental hygiene. Another problem is that many families either do not own tooth brushes or tooth paste, or they own one tooth brush and the whole family shares it.

BECAS works with the families and doctors to help improve the standard of health for the scholars.  We believe that access to health care is an important part of supporting education of the whole person and eventually, their community.

 

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