Keep Em Smilin'

Name: Maddy Hayes

From: Salt Lake City, Utah

Areas: Bayawan, Balamban, San Nicolas, Mabolo, and Naga


Hey everyone! My name is Maddy Hayes and I am a new member to the Project Kuya team! I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and am currently a full time Pre-Dental student at the University of Utah. A fun fact about me is that I am obsessed with teeth! I have loved dentistry ever since I remember going to the dentist. (You’re probably thinking I’m crazy!) My goal is to attend dental school and become a dentist myself.

After visiting the Philippines in past humanitarian efforts, I have personally witnessed the dire need of both oral healthcare education and supplies. Over the past few months I have been collecting toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and mouthwashes to make individual and family size dental hygiene kits. These kits will be given to Filipinos who do not have the privilege of seeing a dentist regularly.

After doing some research, I found that the Republic of the Philippines Department of Health reported 92.4% of Filipinos have dental cavities and about 78% have gum disease. I've made it my mission to help decrease those numbers by educating Filipinos about the importance of oral healthcare and supply them with basic essential dental hygiene kits.

I am so excited to return to the Philippines this May because of the love I have for the people there. They have always shown me kindness, humility and charity. I promised myself to do everything that I could to help these amazing people receive the supplies and care they deserve. Our goal as Project Kuya is to keep the beautiful people of the Philippines smiling! 

Robin Uata