The rural village of San Martin Jilotepeque in the Mayan Highlands of Guatemala, where a Howard County dentist and his daughter volunteered in a pediatric dental clinic, is stricken by extreme poverty.
Of the 783 children served over six days by four dentists, three hygienists and 13 nonmedical volunteers, most had never had their teeth examined before.
"The line of kids wrapped around the building," said Anjali Shroff, an 18-year-old freshman at James Madison University who worked in the clinic alongside her father, Dr. Deven Shroff.
"None of them were scared," she said. "They were laughing and happy to see us."