Dr. Charmaine Johnson Working With Rural Schools In South Africa To Fight Poverty And Provide Clean Water

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Dr. Charmaine Johnson of Premier Smile Center raised funds to drill a well in a school in rural south Africa. As a result of these efforts, children at Orhovelani School received clean running water from this effort.

Dr. Johnson and the patients of Premier Smile Center raised funds throughout 2016 and 2017 to drill a borehole in Orhovelani School in rural South Africa. With the help of A Spring of Hope, the well was completed in 2017 and Dr. Johnson visited the school on December 27th, 2017. This effort has allowed thousands of children and their families to receive clean water. This represents another strike against poverty and disease.

The availability of clean water dramatically improves health and, hence, productivity. Many children in Africa do not attend schools. Their job is to collect water from the rivers and boil it for consumption during the day. By helping to provide clean water in schools, children can now attend school. Water is an investment in the future.
“2,402 schools in South Africa have no water supply” - Equaleducation.org.za. The world water crisis poses a serious threat to all of our futures, especially those living in poverty. In Sub-Saharan Africa, both the poverty rate and proportion of rural houses not using improved water sources are over 50%. (Source: UN MDG)

A Spring of Hope partners with rural schools in South Africa to deliver fresh, clean water to school children. In addition, they have programs in place to teach them to plant vegetable gardens and the vegetables can supplement their school meal. Their permaculture efforts within these schools have permeated the rural communities and families are taught the same principles. They are supported by House of Mandela; WESSA (people caring for the earth), Rand Water Foundation, ERM Group foundation, South African Airways and Irie Foundation.

Dr. Johnson believes that children are our future. In the words of Dr. Johnson: “ Premier Smile Center is committed to giving back to local and international causes. I believe we can all make a difference in our own way.”

About Dr. Charmaine Johnson

Dr. Charmaine Johnson founded Premier Smile Center in 2005. Dr. Johnson and her team continue to serve families and community members in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding communities in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties.

Their mission is to provide the patients with excellence in general, family, cosmetic and specialty dentistry. They emphasize gentle and preventative care so as to help you achieve healthy teeth and gums for life. They want everyone to have a beautiful and clean, white smile.

For more information visit http://www.drjohnsondds.com or call 954-566-7479 and find out why they are so highly recommended.

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