Barefoot dentistry is teaching local village volunteers of impoverished regions of Nepal, how to perform simple dental procedures to perform exams and cleanings, do simple fillings, apply fluoride and sealants and offer home-care instruction? In turn, the trainees provide their neighbors with these basic oral health services. By instituting a training continuum, AGP hopes to establish a sustainable corps of oral health-care providers throughout underserved Nepal.
At its most basic level, grassroots activism is a group of people who feel strongly enough about an issue to actively campaign to make a difference. Grassroots activism relies on the basic rights to freedom of right action and expression by individuals when it comes to trying to make a change to a particular issue for the general good of the people. This type of activism is not controlled by any particular political party. They are an independent group of people who feel strongly about a certain issue and are willing to put in the effort to affect a change on the issue they are concerned about.
Grassroots activists can be anyone from any walk of life who feels passionately about a cause. Activists can be a community that are opposed to a large retailer moving into their town. They can be a group of individuals that are opposed to animal testing or who want to change a council’s policies. Grassroots activism is politics at its most fundamental level; people coming together to stand up and make a difference. This could mean protesting outside the gates of a factory where an employee has been unfairly dismissed to leafleting a whole community on an issue that affects them.
Once a grassroots campaign starts to pick up momentum it can be very effective when it comes to making a change. A successful campaign can start off with one or two activists that can soon turn into hundreds and even thousands. If the media picks up on the campaign then this can make a real difference to the cause. If the cause has significant support it can effectively change government policies and laws.Recent protests have included marches against the war in Iraq to campaigns to stop knife crimes in London. These have been protests started by a small number of people that grew to huge numbers through the strength of feeling regarding the particular causes.
Anyone who feels strongly about an issue can start their own grassroots campaign. The power of the Internet has made a real difference to the way campaigns are now run. Thanks to social networking sites it is now easier to recruit like minded activists and organise protests and campaigns. This is grassroots activism at its most basic level but it can make a difference and change the public’s attitude towards certain issues.
Holding a political office is not always needed to make a difference to policies and issues. Many changes have been made in the world thanks to the results of grassroots activism. From civil rights activism to the campaigns for nuclear disarmament, grassroots activism will always be a way for the public to make a difference to the world in which we live.
Becoming involved in civil rights activism means taking an active part in fighting the abuse of civil rights. The civil rights movement has a long and distinguished history, and today, civil rights activism is still very much alive.
As a civil society actors we work in the 3 areas of welfare, development and advocacy related to the overall public health deliveries with focus on the oral health amongst the less privileged people of rural Nepal. We collaborate with the host communities to lay out a demand driven self sustained public oral health projects in Nepal. Out works can be broadly categorised into :
The key features and principles underlying the archetypal works that we do as grassroots level activists working in the field of oral helath care is as :
We do believe that ‘YOU’ can also make an ‘impact’ in the community, by volunteering with us you are helping us in our dogged pursuit for capacity building : we are guided by the following commandments and invite you to stand by us in solidarity !
Free screening, prevention, diagnosis & treatment of dental diseases.
Hours of volunteering by 382 professionals & students
Procedures on 21061 patients
Students from 68 Schools