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Thomas and Lita hold children at BFR with their new toothbrushes.

The Challenge in Rwanda

The Challenge in Rwanda

In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, life expectancy at birth was just 28 years, according to World Bank. Today, that figure has more than doubled. Despite this increase, it has been reported that 15% of morbidity cases (Rwandan District Hospital, 2011) are directly linked to oral diseases. It is an undeniable fact. We must address improving the oral health in Rwanda.

Rwanda, with population of over 11 million, currently has only one dentist per 366,000 patients. By comparison, the United States has about 1 dentist per every 2,000 patients.

Most oral diseases are easily preventable and curable with access to basic dental care. The high number of oral problem patients hospitals encounter only further underscores that there is an access to care issue.

In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, life expectancy at birth was just 28 years, according to World Bank. Today, that figure has more than doubled. Despite this increase, it has been reported that 15% of morbidity cases (Rwandan District Hospital, 2011) are directly linked to oral diseases. It is an undeniable fact. We must address improving the oral health in Rwanda.

Rwanda, with population of over 11 million, currently has only one dentist per 366,000 patients. By comparison, the United States has about 1 dentist per every 2,000 patients.

Most oral diseases are easily preventable and curable with access to basic dental care. The high number of oral problem patients hospitals encounter only further underscores that there is an access to care issue.

Rwanda = 1 dentist per 366,000 patients | USA = 1 dentist per 2000 patients

Rwanda = 1 dentist per 366,000 patients
USA = 1 dentist per 2000 patients

Our Founders

Our Founders

founders_aboutIn 2013, Thomas and Lita were celebrating their 25th anniversary and Thomas’ 50th birthday. They were planning a trip of a lifetime to celebrate these milestones. Thomas originally planned for a trip to climb the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Lita said “no” to the idea of hiking up a mountain for a week to celebrate their anniversary. After exploring many different destinations, they agreed to go on a safari trip to Africa.

That same year, Jean Claude Rwagasore from Best Family Rwanda came to their church, The Garden Christian Fellowship, and shared his testimony. Jean Claude shared his amazing story of unimaginable pain and suffering during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, God’s healing and restoration, and the children that God is blessing through his ministry, Best Family Rwanda.

While hearing the testimony, God simultaneously moved their hearts to go serve God and serve the suffering children in Africa to celebrate their milestone.

Through God’s leading, the Lees went on a short-term mission trip to Rwanda with their church medical/dental mission team. They served the children at Best Family Rwanda by providing much needed dental care. While on that trip, they received a clear calling to commit the remaining years of their lives to dental missions in Rwanda.

Their dream is to transform lives and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Rwanda. The Lees aspire to raise Christ-centered dentists through discipleship and education, to bring healing and blessings through a gospel-centered health care ministry, and to train young dentists to become missionaries to serve the surrounding nations of Africa.

In 2013, Thomas and Lita were celebrating their 25th anniversary and Thomas’ 50th birthday. They were planning a trip of a lifetime to celebrate these milestones. Thomas originally planned for a trip to climb the Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Lita said “no” to the idea of hiking up a mountain for a week to celebrate their anniversary. After exploring many different destinations, they agreed to go on a safari trip to Africa.

That same year, Jean Claude Rwagasore from Best Family Rwanda came to their church, The Garden Christian Fellowship, and shared his testimony. Jean Claude shared his amazing story of unimaginable pain and suffering during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, God’s healing and restoration, and the children that God is blessing through his ministry, Best Family Rwanda.

While hearing the testimony, God simultaneously moved their hearts to go serve God and serve the suffering children in Africa to celebrate their milestone.

Through God’s leading, the Lees went on a short-term mission trip to Rwanda with their church medical/dental mission team. They served the children at Best Family Rwanda by providing much needed dental care. While on that trip, they received a clear calling to commit the remaining years of their lives to dental missions in Rwanda.

Their dream is to transform lives and bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Rwanda. The Lees aspire to raise Christ-centered dentists through discipleship and education, to bring healing and blessings through a gospel-centered health care ministry, and to train young dentists to become missionaries to serve the surrounding nations of Africa.

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Best Family Rwanda

Best Family Rwanda

Best Family Rwanda (BFR) is a ministry dedicated to making Jesus known to the orphaned and vulnerable children in Rwanda through wholistic development.

Founded in 2001, BFR is an organization that focuses on family preservation by providing wholistic care to the children and families in their programs. BFR is not an orphanage or children’s home, but a family-based care ministry dedicated to upholding the family environment. BFR cares wholistically for their kids through the Kunda Sponsorship Program.

Best Family Rwanda (BFR) is a ministry dedicated to making Jesus known to the orphaned and vulnerable children in Rwanda through wholistic development.

Founded in 2001, BFR is an organization that focuses on family preservation by providing wholistic care to the children and families in their programs. BFR is not an orphanage or children’s home, but a family-based care ministry dedicated to upholding the family environment. BFR cares wholistically for their kids through the Kunda Sponsorship Program.