Tabasamu Turns Ten Fundraiser

Can you name two of the top three most common diseases on Earth? Whatever you may have guessed, I’m pretty sure you’re wrong. The answer is tooth decay and gum disease. And both are not only preventable, but fixable. Which is where Tabasamu comes in. Tabasamu, a kiswahili word for “smile”, is a non-profit service organization that views dental decay and disease as a fixable problem. Our mission is to bring dental health education to developing countries where there is little or no access to dental health. We have two programs; “Tooth Tours” which brings dental education directly to school children aged between 5 and 18, and “Teach the Teachers” (T3), which provides dental education to teachers. A long-term approach to dental health must begin with education for one does not value what one does not understand. Now it in its 10th year, Tabasamu is seeking funding to continue its… Read full story…

Haiti Mission in the news

Zoe Mintz has written an article in the Huffington Post after her experience in Haiti with Tabasamu, on the three year anniversary of the earthquake.

Haiti Dental Mission October 7-11, 2010

by Gary A. Rabinowitz, DDS In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, justifiably the focus on dental care was blurred.  Tabasamu cancelled its previously scheduled mission which was to happen in April of 2010, only a few months after the quake.  What Haiti needed at that time was clearly… Read full story…

Pictures From Tabasamu’s May 2010 Trip to Kenya

Tabasamu made 7 “Tooth Tour” presentations in its May 2010 trip to Kenya. The group included Kyle Evans, Kyle’s niece Courtney Smyth, a college junior and Ali Bove and John Loftus, high school sophomores.

“Stone Soup,” A Community Effort For Dental Health

One of my favorite children’s stories is Stone Soup. It is a tale of a man who gathers the community for a wonderful soup. He starts out with a stone and needs “just a little something more” from each and every person who arrives to partake. In the end, the… Read full story…

Tabasamu Goes To Haiti!

Tabasamu is a non-profit that provides free dental care and education in and around Kitale, Kenya. The Executive Director, Trey Wilson, made his first to Kenya in May 2004. There has been an annual trip since then and, seemingly, an exclusive focus on the needs of this African country. As… Read full story…

Post-Election Perspective From A Kenyan Friend

You have all been witness to the headline making activities here in Kenya. I and my family are safe and thank God for life and the good health that so many others have been denied. I am sure by now CNN has managed to make us look like bloodthirsty savages… Read full story…

A Dental Hygienist’s Experience with Tabasamu

When Dr. Trey Wilson approached me in May to go on a dental outreach with his team to Kenya, I apprehensively replied with an “Okay….” Little did I know that my feeble response would four months later turn into one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Tabasamu, which… Read full story…

Robin Roberts Makes Us Smile

One person who gives us a big smile every morning is Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. She’s beautiful, smart, elegant, funny, gracious and compassionate. And she has a GREAT smile!! Robin recently underwent surgery for breast cancer and is undergoing additional treatment, according to ABC. But she… Read full story…

Support Tabasamu Today!

Tabasamu is proud to announce that 14 individuals have registered to travel to Kenya on September 20th for a 10-day mission to work with our friends in western Kenya. If you can’t join us in person, please feel free to make a donation by going to http://tabasamu.net/. Say “Hello” to… Read full story…