FREMONT, Calif. — A group of high school students from various parts of the San Francisco Bay Area are trying to make a difference in the lives of children belonging to low-income families, one kid at a time.
The young volunteers conducted a dental health awareness camp at the Kidango Linda Vista Center in San Jose July 14.
The initiative is the brainchild of Amreen Sunil, an Indian American senior at Mission San Jose High School here. As the founder of “Aid4Kids,” which seeks to improve the lives of underprivileged children through education and health services, Sunil has conducted multiple events like this across the Bay Area.
“At a time when there is ample proof that there is a gap between low-income children and their affluent peers, organizations such as aid4kids.org strive at narrowing this gap,” said Sunil.
At the event, the enthusiastic team members made a presentation highlighting the importance of dental health and the different ways children can maintain good hygiene.
The team also read stories on dental hygiene to children of various age groups at the center. Esha Desai, the event coordinator for Aid4Kids, distributed free health and hygiene kits to the children.
“The children benefited very much from the presentation. The little bag of supplies Aid4Kids provided were a big hit for the children and our families. I was surprised how many children did not even know what mouthwash was,” said Carolyn Loayza, center director of Kidango Linda Vista Center.
Aid4Kids also publishes “Teeth Warriors,” a children’s book aimed at educating children about the importance of oral hygiene.
And not just in the Bay Area, the teenagers are trying to help disadvantaged kids in other countries as well, including India. In March 2017, the non-profit organization shipped 95 health awareness kits to a school in Uganda, Africa. The group also plans to send medical supplies to Mexico.
Currently, Sunil is looking to add more volunteers to the team.
For more information, visit www.aid4kids.org.