Something special is happening in El Salvador. BTCPay Server and Bitcoin Design are partnering to raise 1 BTC for 50 people who need dental care, dentures, and other critical care. This is Bitcoin Smiles.
Enrique Berrios, a dentist, traveled to El Zonte 17 years ago for his dental internship. He ended up staying there for the rest of his life. He wanted to avoid big cities and set up a small practice in El Zonte to provide care for those who needed it. However, he realized that many of the elderly in El Zonte had been neglected and were in desperate need of dental care.
Many elderly people in El Zonte dream of being able to afford dentures or other dental care. Many of their teeth are rotten or have fallen out due to lack of dental care. This makes it difficult for them to eat. Many people have been forced to eat soft tortillas, and have even had to swallow whole food because they can’t chew. Many elderly people in rural areas are unable to travel long distances to Berrios’ dentist office.
Berrios stated that we are trying to help people who really need it. “As I stated, they are forgotten and live alone in rural areas.
All proceeds will be donated to Berrios’ dental office, Diente Zonte. This dental practice provides dental care to patients to improve their lives. All proceeds beyond their goal of 1 BTC will be used to purchase new equipment and supplies that can reach more rural and remote patients.
Berrios stated, “The chance we have of restoring dignity and restoring the confidence of these individuals in health; investing into them as a person and providing them love and the possibility that we could improve the quality of their lives,”
The fundraising campaign has reached 29% towards their goal of 1 BTC at the time of writing. There are currently 13 donors. If you would like to donate or find more information on Bitcoin Smiles, check out their website.