The TCS Together We Smile team is on its fourth mission, nearing completion. They have arrived at San Andres, a picturesque coral island located in the Caribbean Sea, which falls under the political jurisdiction of Colombia and has historical ties to the United Kingdom. Recognizing the island’s ecological significance, it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve called the “Safflower Biosphere Reserve” to ensure the preservation of its delicate ecosystem.
Unfortunately, San Andres faced severe devastation after Hurricane Iota in 2020. Nearly 98% of the island’s infrastructure, including vital facilities such as water and sanitation systems and health and education institutions, was damaged. The local population struggled with a high poverty rate and was further burdened by limited access to oral care support.