February 14, 2017

Honorary Fellow Sharon Secor and Dr. William Hunter mentioned in INFORUM article by Tracy Briggs on February 11, 2017


Serving a purpose: Fargo woman enhances smiles in Kenya

FARGO — If you go to Sharon Secor's home for a visit, she's bound to offer you a cup of coffee, a cookie and a virtual trip to Kenya.

"That's from Kenya," she says, pointing to the top shelf of her bookcase and a figurine of two people dancing. "The scarf I'm wearing is from there and the baskets in the corner are probably my favorites. They're also from Kenya. All of these things bring me so much joy."

The Fargo woman is almost as much at home in the African nation as she is in the United States. During the last 21 years, she's traveled to Kenya approximately 30 times doing humanitarian work — the latest project ensuring Kenyans get the oral health they so desperately need.

According to the International College of Dentists, there are only 1,000 dentists serving the nation of 47 million.

"The amount of poor oral health is incredible," Secor says. "I've seen 3-year-olds whose teeth have been decimated by malnutrition and I've seen adults with unbelievable diseases in their mouths."

Back in 1995, Secor was serving as a youth director at First Presbyterian Church in Fargo, and she started exploring mission possibilities in Kenya. By 2000, hospital officials in the town of Kikuyu told Secor and fellow church member and dentist Dr. William (Bill) Hunter that they were in need of a dental unit for the hospital.

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The USA ICD Foundation is proud to have helped support the development of this Dental Clinic in Kenya with financial aid over a period of years.

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