University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry senior students Hussain Ali, Alexandria Balich, Joseph Beatty, and Cristian Pavel embarked on an international rotation to Guatemala this past year. The students’ primary objective was providing dental care for 55 children in preschool through first grade. However, it was clear that the Guatemalan youngsters were desperate for books. The UIC students worked with Khatija Noorullah, the College’s Clinical Community Academic Manager, to request children’s books from the College community for the children in Guatemala. Together, college faculty, staff, and students donated around 100 books.
“They were able to start a library in the school where they provided the clinical dental care, Susanna Wesley School,” Noorullah said. “It was great of the students to go the extra mile and for the College to participate so wholeheartedly.” The school is located in Camanachaj in Guatemala’s rural highlands. It educates children in pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade.