Daraja Day

A Smile is the Same in Every Language

Singing, smiling, laughing…they all go hand-in-hand, therefore, Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics is lending a hand to provide free dental care to the Daraja Children’s Choir of Africa on Saturday, July 27, 2013 as they visit the United States during their summer tour.

For the third year, ACD will be opening their doors for “Daraja Day”, to provide free dental care to children in the choir during their time in Georgia. The day will consist of exams, cleanings, fluoride and x-rays, and any follow-up appointments they may need.

The overall goal of the choir, which is supported by the non-profit organization the 410 Bridge, is to provide Ugandan children the opportunity to grow in confidence and learn leadership skills to apply to everyday life in Africa, while conveying unbelievable amounts of hope and joy through spiritual praise. A team of Alpharetta Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics pediatric dentists, hygienists, assistants and volunteers will gather together to provide dental care to these children who do not have access to pediatric dental care due to desperate circumstances and living conditions in Uganda.

“I see this as an opportunity to be able to have a global impact in providing dental care for children and am so grateful to be able to provide our services for these incredible children.” – Dr. George MacMaster (Dr. Mac)

“At ACD, we are passionate about helping others in need and through our involvement with Daraja Day, we are able to provide an awesome experience for kids who have never seen a dentist before. Each time the choir visits, the day is always filled with lots of laughter, lots of fun and if we’re lucky, lots of singing,” Dr. Mac added.

Dental assistant, Jenny, recalls the past visits of the choir by saying

“It is such a humbling experience to provide dental care and know that we are making an impact in the lives of children from Africa – right here in Georgia”.

She continues by adding “although we may have language barriers, a smile is the same in every language, which is why this day is so special for everyone involved”.