"Empowering the underserved in our own backyard"

Empowering A Healthy Future in New Zealand

The central mission of YSA is to use our vessel, the m/v YWAM KOHA, to deliver medical and dental services in the Pacific Islands. Yet from the beginning, we have held an aspirational goal to empower heath right here in Aotearoa. We have become increasingly aware of health inequities in Aotearoa, particularly amongst Maori and migrant communities. We want to make a difference in our own backyard.

KOHA Dental Programme

The KOHA Dental Programme is designed to provide essential dental treatment to those unable to receive the help they need. We believe that a New Zealand-based dental service will further our organisational goals by supporting communities in Aotearoa who currently have little access to oral health services at affordable prices.

Beginning in June 2021, we are running a five-week pilot programme here in the Bay of Plenty. We are finalising the details, but from 31 May to 2 July, we are looking to work in Welcome Bay, Te Puke and Kawerau. These dental clinics will run in collaboration with health providers who are already engaged with their communities. 

As a step towards a healthy Pacific, we expect this five-week programme to begin empowering healthy communities by providing essential dentistry to hundreds of patients. 


Proposed Dates:  31 May - 2 July

Location: Welcome Bay, Te Puke, Kawerau

As we partner together with local health providers, certified volunteer dentists and key stakeholders, we can empower a healthy future in communities right here in our own region. Would you take this opportunity to give back to your community by volunteering for a day or more?