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From the 17th to the 22nd of March, Dr. Hudson, a New York dentist whose list of clients includes J.Pepe Fanjul along with a group of volunteer dentists and surgeons from New York brought clean teeth and big white smiles to La Romana!
The “smile” team of 15 volunteers; 2 root canal specialists, 2 surgeons, 6 students from Columbia Dental School in New York and 5 dentists worked tirelessly to provide dental health care – as well giving advice to the students of the Fundación MIR at the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school) in La Romana. Their efforts were also complimented by a team of local Dominican dentists!
Throughout the 4-day operation over 400 students of the Fundación MIR were examined with procedures including extractions, cavity fillings, root canals and a frenectomy – as well as life saving surgery! Using an X-Ray machine brought from New York, a golf ball sized cyst was spotted under the gums of one of the female students – and thankfully was safely removed!
And while much excellent work was done during the operation – the Fundación MIR, the dentists and the students actually spent months preparing for the “Oral Health Initiative”; collecting donations of equipment for example. In fact, just one month before the visit this year a Dominican dentist from Santo Domingo, Dr. Frank Acosta, donated a working dental chair to the MIR schools! These chairs are very expensive and will be used for years to come, so the Fundación MIR is very grateful to Dr. Frank Acosta for this major donation to the project!
The children of the Fundación MIR learn about oral health
“It is a wonderful project that is successful only because of the many dedicated volunteers that are commited to improving the oral health care of the children at the MIR Schools. We are very grateful for the kindess of everyone involved”.
— Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, President and Founder of the Fundación MIR
To promote oral health all year round, the Fundación MIR does not serve any sweets or soft drinks in the MIR cafeterias and even provides all children from Kindergarten through to 4th grade with their own toothbrush which they use daily after “snack time”.
The team of volunteer dentists at the Fundación MIR, La Romana
A great success for all involved!
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).
For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website: www.mirinternational.org
To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!