Nearly one hundred elementary school children sat very still in a cramped, dim Togolese classroom. Mercy Ships Dental Hygienist, Donna Bartholomew, stood in her blue medical scrubs at the front of the room, smiling at all of the children.
Half of the children’s hands shoot into the air. The other half glanced at their peers, realizing they should probably put their hand up, too. Up they went.
Before the lesson came to an end Donna asked the kids to now become teachers—to show their friends and family members how to brush their teeth and maintain good dental hygiene. They all promised to teach one person to pass the knowledge on.
She has never had a toothbrush of her own.