DCI operates a one year residential Dental Surgery Assistant (DSA) Training Program in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Girls, with little or no formal education, survivors of tragedy and poverty, often abused and neglected, are recruited from children’s homes and given an opportunity to train as dental assistants. Upon successful completion of the course the girls are employed in hospitals and clinics across Sri Lanka.
DCI also operates a full time dental clinic in connection with the training program. Staffed by a local dentist and two DCI DSA graduates, the clinic provides dental services to the community free of charge.
Serah, a graduate of our first Class, who lost her mother at a young age, describes her experience, “When I came here, I was just like a blind girl, I didn’t know what to do, I had no idea for my life, then after, I have my idea, now I can be a good assistant, a professional dental assistant.”
Nitharshini, who spent years in a refugee camp, thanks her sponsor in a simple sentence, “So you gave me eyes.” Read her words here.
Serah and Nitharshini, and the graduates that follow them, can break the cycle of poverty, change the course of their lives and make their corner of the world a better place. DCI believes in power of Serah and Nitharshini, and young women like them. We hope you do too.
To date 46 young women have gone through our DSA Training Program with another 9 set to graduate in August 2018.
To sponsor a DSA student is $2,400. This covers full board accommodations in our Residential Training Center (RTC) and education. To become a life-changing hero for one of our young students, please go to our donate page and select the DSA sponsorship contribution amount.