The children at Grace have been very fortunate to work with Dental Care International over the past 5 years. DCI was established by Dr. Dawn McClellan and is a a one year training program to train young women to become dental assistants. To date, six children from Grace have graduated from the program and all were offered jobs in Dental practices upon graduation. The young women who are currently working in dental practices are now earning a middle class wage and living independently.
In the coming year we hope to develop a Dental Training program at Grace Girls’ Home to increase training capacity and opportunity.
Our extensive educational program includes daily tutoring in math and English, access to computers and the Internet and an innovative Skype-based mentoring program where local U.S. high school students work with Grace girls to improve outcomes in reading and math.
There are a number of places in Sri Lanka, including entire villages, where electricity isn’t a cost issue, but actually an infrastructure issue. A new partnership with U.S.-based nonprofit First Light will not only supply electricity for the orphanage’s use, but it will provide Grace girls with an opportunity to train for a future in solar power.
First Light is dedicated to bringing reliable, renewable energy to communities in need around the globe. Working together, the girls will learn how energy is made, about energy conservation, and how to install small solar arrays.
Diabetes Care Center
The Rotary clubs of Ann Arbor West, USA and Trincomalee, Sri Lanka collaborated on developing a diabetes care center (DCC) using technology and trained diabetic care assistants to develop an improved model of diabetic care delivery. Medical staff and students from the University of Michigan Medical and Business Schools have joined the collaboration to develop a more efficient delivery model.
In the new model, diabetic patients are evaluated by diabetic care assistants who collect data relevant to diabetes care and enter the information into a cloud based electronic health record. This data is then immediately accessible to the medical care team in the U.S., interpreted and care algorithms are used to assess a diabetic risk score to each patient. A color is then assigned to each patient based on known diabetic risk factors. Patients with green and yellow scores (low risk for short term complications) are managed conservatively with the help of the diabetic care assistants. The assistants are trained in diabetic education so that patients can optimize lifestyle measures including diet and exercise to improve glycemic control. Those with red scores (high risk for short term complications) are immediately referred to their local physician with priority appointments. All patients are given a detailed report of the status of their diabetes to share with their local doctor so the physician will have access to high quality data to use in formulating their care plan. The DCC is a triage tool to increases capacity by utilizing paid diabetic care assistants in the care pathway and only utilizes physicians to see patients at highest risk.