Ibrahim Abu El Hawa, one of the most important Palestinian peacemakers, was missing many teeth. He didn’t want to talk about it and didn’t want to receive charity. Ibrahim kept his mouth closed when smiling for photos and felt self-conscious when he previewed footage of a recent documentary about this work. He was having trouble eating and his speech had become slightly impaired. Ibrahim has been a DVI patient since May 2018 and he is being given the care he needs to feel and look better, no matter what he’s doing.


Ibrahim is pictured with Dr. Jarrod Goldberg of California who volunteered at DVI for this first time in 2018.

Seniors like Ibrahim are receiving compassionate care at DVI.  The clinic’s new Smiles for Seniors program provides free dentures to needy seniors of all religions, races and ethnicities.  In its second your (2017-2018) the program provided free dentures to 114 elderly, including 48 Holocaust survivors.  Hope and confidence is being restored in DVI’s patients no matter their age.  Just as Ibrahim is a peacemaker, the DVI clinic is a place where people come together in peace to heal and be healed in many ways.

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