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Medical brigade from Lexington travels to India to care for 'special children'

Wearing a bright orange shirt that reflects his exuberance, a 6-year-old throws around all the toys he can reach in a cramped, dingy room without air conditioning. He won't respond to his name, Harshit, but he likes all the noises he can make with the cheap plastic surrounding him.

Autism, the doctors and special educators think.

"Reciprocity" is a problem here, says Dr. Dan Larrow, a developmental pediatrician at the University of Kentucky. That means the boy doesn't respond to stimuli such as someone calling his name.

Kentucky Dentist Provides an X-ray of Hope

Dr. Winnie Boling, DMD, is an alumni of the May 2008, August 2011 and March 2014 brigades. Dr. Winnie operates a cosmetic and family dentistry practice in LaGrange, Kentucky. Her business has been built on the dream of serving the community.

Winnie’s efforts to serve the community in Santo Domingo, Ecuador has resulted in dramatic improvements in oral care for the area that STSG serves.

Shoulder to Shoulder Sends Health Brigade to Ecuador

Shoulder to Shoulder Global recently led 49 University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members in a multidisciplinary health brigade experience to Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

STSG is a UK-based organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of impoverished communities while offering learners the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.

2014 Blue Grass Goodgiving Challenge - We're in it for Good!

Beginning Monday, November 3rd, help Shoulder to Shoulder Global (STSG) receive a $7,500 endowment from Blue Grass Community Foundation’s GoodGiving Challenge.

Donate $25 or more at www.goodgivingguide.net/shouldertoshoulder (link goes live morning of Monday, November 3rd) and UK’s Dr. Nicholas Nickl will match all donations up to the first $500.

A Universal Language

Dust flies up from the winding road, and puffy brown clouds hang over a tiny row of shacks scattered as far as the eye can see. A street dog races a truck past the porch where a leathery indigenous woman sits with a basket of strawberries she is selling for 25 cents a pound.

The dust clouds break and Dr. Tom Young smiles, throws open the door to the pediatric wing of the UK Clinic and snaps back across 3,000 miles to the land of fancy cars and fast food where he leads an organization focused on a far off region of simple resources and many struggles.

Eight Months in Santo Domingo

Dr. Nickl is a UK gastroenterologist currently spending an eight month sabbatical in Santo Domingo, Ecuador at Centro Medico Hombro a Hombro and working with the local public hospital.

 

STSG Accepting Applications for 2014 Brigades to Ecuador

Dates Set for 2015 Brigades to Ecuador

Save the dates...The 2015 brigades to Santo Domingo, Ecuador have been tentatively set for March 14th - 22nd, May 15th - 24th and August 7th - 16th.

Applications are available on our website or at Education Abroad's website. We would love to have you join what is always a wonderful team for an amazing brigade experience. Application deadline is Sunday, November 9th.

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