The SMILE project

Thursday 7 January 2010
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Here is the document Sandra gave us, in which she explains the why and how of her project :

The SMILE Project

The lack of good oral health habits is one of the biggest issues in the refugees’ camps. This problem is strongly linked to the bad nutrition behaviours of people in those places. The Smile project was developed to give people the chance to solve this double issue.

Teaching the children how to take care of their teeth is very important but this is not enough. A child doesn’t raise herself and it is the responsibility of the parents, specially the mothers, to take those problems in hand. Only by educating the mother, as well as the children, can we hope to really change this sad situation in the camps. That’s why the project is addressed to the children and theirs mothers. Through educational workshops and activities related to the subject, it will not only promote positive healthy behaviour choices related to oral health and nutrition (to both children and mothers) but also treat the oral problems the children already have. Then, as a part of the project, the children and mothers who followed the first session of the project will be invited to share their experience and knowledge with the participants of the second session and so on.

- Goals :

  • Empower the children aged 8-12 in Aida Camp to make positive changes in relation to their oral health as well as treat the oral problems they already have.
  • Empower the mothers to change the unhealthy behaviours of their families and prevent future health problems as well as encourage them to be an example for the whole family and community.

- Methods :

  • Educational Workshops : During 2 weeks, 8 Educational Workshops will be held, five for the children and 3 for the mothers. The workshops will last 1 hour, and eachone will have a theme related to oral health
  • Activities : In order to make learning more fun for the children, at the end of each “Child Workshop” we will have an activity related to the subject of the day. Art will be used as a method to teach and get the children’s attention.

The mothers will also have different activities at the end of each workshop. It will help them to understand the oral health issue and encourage them to be an active agent of change and a good example for the family and the whole community.

- Visit to the dentist : After both mothers and children had followed the Educational Workshops, the children will be taken to the dentist to have their oral problems fixed.

- Sharing the knowledge : At the end of the first session of the project, the participants will be invited to share their experience with the participants of the next session.