Dr. Rolfe has recently returned from Afghanistan. He was working at the new Dental Clinic of Kabul that he helped establish. Things are progressing at the clinic well. There are a few people working full time to maintain the center, as well as a full time instructor training the new students. We need your help.
In January 2009, our volunteer center in Kabul opened. With seven bedrooms and complete utilities, we will be able to host many volunteers in complete comfort and security. In November 2008, our clinic arrived in Kabul, along with 120,000 pounds of dental equipment and supplies and was installed on land next-door to the volunteer center.
Phases of the project.
1.) The project started with Dr. Rolfe taking what equipment he could strap on his back and travel thru thecountryside of Afghanistan in 2003. He landed in a small province called Wardak.
There he tirelessly helped orphans and widows from dawn to dusk , and then into the night. He gained the trust of the locals and found that the people of Afghanistan were a proud and noble people and needed, or more that they deserved our help. Though a success for starters, the local warlord “borrowed” the equipment Dr. Rolfe had left behind, for his return trip.
He also noticed that the kids and women were very quick learners and were able to assist by watching the person in front of them, and so on.
2.) This led to an epiphany, “Why can’t we create an area where the equipment will be safe and that different dentists could spend time helping and training people? We could use those old shipping containers.
They are a safe and solid steel construction. ” He then set out to build such a place. He gathered a few 40 foot shipping containers and proceeded to build a 3x dental operatories and laboratory area. The clinic included chairs, x-ray machines and clavitrons.
They have their own water sanitizing, plumbing, storage, electrical systems, artwork, music and lots and lots of extra supplies.
3.) The next phase of the project was to find land to put the structures on. Dr. Rolfe was in contact with some government officials that were deceitful and tried to take the project for their own once it arrived in Kabul. Thru a monumental effort he brought the containers all the way from Santa Barbara, California to Kabul, Afghanistan. Just to find out that the “official” that he was working with was just ‘playing’ Dr. Rolfe and had no intention of making the school an official operating dental facility.
You can imagine the anxiety of struggling so hard to bring something good to the Afghan people just to have it taken by a greedy government official. The politician was more worried about lining his own pocket than helping his own people in need.
He struggled hard with just leaving it for them to take. But, no, it wasn’t the right thing to do and he decided to spend the money to send it all the way back home. But, this wasn’t the end of the story… no not by a long shot.
4.) He lamented and agonized over the situation. So far from home and a stranger to these areas. But, he didn’t give up. Luckily, thru all his struggles he had met some people who did care about the Afghan people… for the people who came to his rescue were heroes from the Afghan people themselves.
The right people in the Afghan government and private parties and organizations, heard of the school and loved the idea. The Kabul Dental Clinic and Training Center was born. The shipping containers found a home next to the volunteer center in Kabul. The Kabul Dental Traning school is in operation now. Please come and help us! This is truly an effort of many countries and people of all walks of life. But, we have a common desire to help our brothers and sisters in need.
THE NEXT STAGE:
5.) The clinic and mobile containers are a working success! As soon as a permanent facility is built then we can send the mobil dental lab to another Province and start the whole training process over again. We are still in the early stages of this process. We need help with manpower and financial donations. We are saving peoples lives with this help.
“Never Give Up. You can make a difference.” – Dr. James Rolfe