Project RISA, (Risa means laughter in Spanish) lends a hand to children in Latin America with direct donations of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss, as well as basic dental health education. With these contributions and the help of local volunteers children will be educated in dental hygiene and have brighter healthier smiles.
In many parts of Latin America there is a lack of awareness about ways to keep teeth healthy, as well as insufficient means to purchase toothbrushes and floss. This has lead to a very high percentage of children and adults with unaddressed dental health problems. Teeth brushing can help children prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay, gum disease; avoid costly fillings and professional care; promotes fresher breath; and fosters self-confidence with a bright healthy smile.
Current Projects In Bolivia, Project RISA works closely with ACDI/VOCA to distribute and educate in the school system of the rural Alto Beni region, as well as other departments. With Instituto Centro America (ICA) Health Clinic and Quetzaltrekkers in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, toothbrushes are distributed to health clinics and schools in both urban and rural locales.