In 2010, MRI, took a medical team to Maswa, Tanzania, which has a population of around 1.5 million people, who have little or no resources available for medical and dental care. During that time, we identified a young woman who showed tremendous leadership ability, who also had a desire to further her education in the field of dentistry. MRI made the decision to sponsor Dr. Ashley Lucas, who after 5 years of training earned her DDS and DMD degree, and will be be the Medical Director of the Barikiwa Health Center.
Property was then purchased in Maswa, and funds were raised to begin building the Barikiwa Health Center. A well was dug, and water began flowing in 2016, concurrent to the groundbreaking of the beautiful 5,000 square feet facility. The Tanzanian government has sent representatives to visit the compound, and the people are excited about the quality, low-cost care for those who could not otherwise afford it.
The Grand Opening was in June of 2018, and attended by all the government officials in Tanzania! There is so much more to do, as we continue to make a difference in the country of Tanzania!