East Timor, or Timor-Leste, is a ruggedly beautiful country that has been left ravaged and devoid of proper infrastructure since Indonesia withdrew its occupying forces. There are a total of three dentists in the entire country, all of which reside in its capital, Dili, leaving the rest of East Timor heavily reliant on foreign volunteers. Since 2004, Dr. David Digges has travelled to East Timor and carried out pro bono dental work in areas such as Dili, Maubara, Maliana and Bachau. He has been accompanied by Dr. James Digges and other members of the Digges family on multiple occasions.
NDF – The National Dental Foundation
In 2005 Dr. David Digges and Dr. Heather Mueller decided that there was not enough being done for those who fell through the cracks in our state and national dental systems. They decided to open up their practice for one day each year to treat people from charities including the Matthew Talbot Hostel and Youth off the Streets program. Since then, Dr. David Digges has become both State and National Chairman of a national group of likeminded dentists, and the idea has grown into a nationwide event.