The clouds part on the last leg of my 22 hour journey to Nepal, revealing the massive Himalayas. It has been a full year since my last visit to this magical place – the place where Global Dental Relief started 14 years ago.

Arriving late at night, our taxi drives through the deserted, labyrinthine streets of Kathmandu as I am flooded with memories from past years — of great friendships past and present, long treks, beautiful children and the many journeys overland to provide dental care in remote locations. I notice fewer sacred cows and police checkpoints, more motorcycles, and new and multistory buildings. The roads remain the same – rough and potholed — and driving in the absence of stop lights is governed by unspoken rules of right of way.

Todays’ journey ends at the Global Dental Relief apartment, my very special home away from home since 2002. Set deep in a garden, the apartment is surrounded by exotic papaya and guava trees, several Tibetan monasteries and the deep evening quiet of a place with few street lights. As ever, the barking dogs own the night.

Global Dental Relief will be in Nepal until November 29th with two fully subscribed volunteer clinics and several smaller remote clinics. We hope to reach up to 4000 children with dental care, and to share this vivid, intense experience with our friends and supporters. For tonight, I gratefully sink into bed smiling to be back again in this special place.

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We Have an Adventure for YOU!

Posted on September 23, 2019. Each year, Global Dental Relief hosts 27 to 30 clinics in five different countries – Kenya, Cambodia, India, Nepal and Guatemala. In each clinic, GDR aims to provide an experience that is enjoyable for everyone, from the well-seasoned traveler to the first-time flyer, while focusing... Read more »

It’s Time to Party!

Posted on September 10, 2019. Each year, as the leaves start to turn, we come together to reflect and celebrate all that GDR has accomplished. We gather together as a GDR family, reflect on memories from each clinic, and celebrate the thousands of children worldwide who now live with healthier... Read more »

Delta Dental Employee Volunteers at Dental Clinic in Nepal

Posted on September 6, 2019. In March 2019, Jennifer Swaney – a Delta Dental of California employee – spent time volunteering at a dental clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swaney worked alongside Global Dental Relief (GDR), a Colorado based non-profit, to bring free dental care to children in need. “I had... Read more »

Cranberry USA and GDR: Paving a New Path for Dental Students

Posted on August 20, 2019. If you’ve previously visited our blog, you may have read about our ongoing partnership with Cranberry USA, a generous Global Dental Relief (GDR) sponsor. Over the past three years, Cranberry USA has made it possible for students pursuing a career in the dental field to... Read more »

Featured Article: “Volunteering for smiles: Local dentist helps provide global care”

Posted on August 8, 2019. Earlier this year, long-time volunteer and Global Dental Relief supporter was featured in his local newspaper! Jim Gilman, DDS of Worland, WY, has been volunteering with GDR since 2010, and since then, he has volunteered on nine more clinics in three different countries. Read the... Read more »