When my dental practice went to paperless files, our primary
thought was making the office run more efficiently and being greener. We didn’t
realize how this conversion could benefit fellow dentists thousands of miles
away in Haiti. Yet that’s exactly what happened when we discovered the Rasin Foundation.
I first heard about the Rasin Foundation, a Milton, MA-based
non-profit from a fellow National Guardsmen, Dr. Fidel Gabriel. Fidel is a
native of Haiti and he told me of the Foundation’s efforts to get supplies to
start a dental practice in Leogane, Haiti. When I asked what types of items the
Foundation would accept and mentioned my filing system, it was a no-brainer on
this end as to what to do.
The filing system itself costs approximately $2500 but I was
prepared to eat the cost of that because I believe going paperless far
outweighed the cost. To find an organization like the Rasin Foundation that
could benefit from the donation of the filing system was icing on the cake. The
fact it was going to help a dental practice was the cherry on top.
As you can imagine, the equipment and technology that we enjoy and
perhaps take for granted here in the U.S. aren’t available in remote places
like Leogane, Haiti. I encourage dentists, doctors and other health care
professionals to visit The Raisin Foundation’s website to see if they need
other items. One man’s upgrade is another’s treasure.
For more information, visit www.RasinFoundation.org.