For the past 10 years, Susana Scarlet Sandoval has used her experience in the dental field to lend a helping hand to people in Mexico and Guatemala and in recent years in Ecuador and Peru.
Her humanitarian work is driven by her faith as a Roman Catholic. She hopes that the work she does not only helps people physically but also spiritually. She prays in each village she comes to and teaches the children how to pray if they don't know how.
About the Non-Profit
Many people around the world have little or no access to oral health care. This is especially critical for families in poor, remote communities and orphans in institutions struggling to meet their daily needs. To help fill this gap, Susana Scarlet Sandoval has provided dental care and evangelized in the Catholic faith to children and families with the greatest needs in villages and orphanages in Latin America for 10 years. Susana is a dental assistant, missionary and bilingual interpreter (English- Spanish and Spanish-English), from the clinic of Drs. Cusumano and Stuver, Arlington, and the Greater Washington Endodontics.
In 2016, Healthy Teeth Journey of Hope was established as a non-profit public charity under IRS Code 501(c)(3) to support Susana’s missions. Today Susana is the President of HTJH. Susana Sandoval works with local priests, nuns, doctors, dentists and missionaries to bring dental care, dental supplies, dental equipment, glasses, footwear, rosaries, prayer books and toys to hundreds of orphans, children and families in: Guatemala, at the orphanages in San Jerónimo Emiliani, Guatemala City (Hogar del Nino Nuestra Senora Consoladora) and Patzun, Chimaltenango, El Carmen village, Sanarate; El Llano Grande village, San Marcos and La Democracia, Escuintla. México, villages in Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo and Puerto Morelos. Ecuador, in Macas City, l mile from Quito, where she has provided a small dental unit. Peru, villages in the districts of Patapo and Pucala, Chiclayo Province.
Healthy Teeth Journey of Hope receives financial and in-kind support from the public, mostly individual
donations, and grants. The costs of each mission range between $1,200-$5,600; and include some fees for local doctors and dentists, dental equipment and supplies, gifts for the children and families (footwear, glasses, prayer books, rosaries etc), flights, accommodation, food and local transport for the missionary.