Dr. Coenie de Villiers with the Grade 1 learners of Otjomuise Primary School, where he showed them how to take good care of their teeth. Dr De Villiers has been a long-standing partner of the CSO Aids Orphan Foundation in helping young learners to be more aware of oral hygiene. He regularly conducts clinics for the foundation to ensure the dental health of orphaned children.
The Christina Swart-Opperman AIDS Orphan Foundation recently held its ninth “My Teeth and I” clinic at Otjomuise Primary School. Dr Coenie de Villiers demonstrated to the Grade 1 learners how to brush their teeth correctly. He also advised the children on what food to eat to keep their teeth healthy. He said this is very important since the learners are now at the age where they are growing their permanent teeth, which they will have for the rest of their lives. “They should take really good care of their teeth” he stressed. Each learner received a dental hamper containing a toothbrush, a tube of toothpaste, facecloth, soap and an apple donated by the foundation. The learners were very receptive of Dr de Villiers’ instructions and repeated everything he said.
They promised to take good care of their teeth. Mr Paul Sauerwein, Otjomuise Primary School Principal thank the foundation and Dr de Villiers for the ongoing support that they provide to the school and especially to the Grade 1’s, who are the babies of the school. Mr Sauerwein said his kids need a good foundation to become leaders and contribute positively to the nation in the future. The CSO Aids Orphan Foundation’s role is to uplift and to improve the quality of the life of AIDS orphans by participating specifically in programmes dealing in education, care and feeding schemes, prevention and psychosocial support. The values of the foundation are respecting human dignity and the rights of children, applying funds with integrity and having compassion for people affected by poverty.