Beyond Casa

Clean teeth and big smiles at the 2nd Fundación MIR “Oral Health Initiative” of the year!

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This year Fundación MIR hosted two Dental Weeks at La Escuela Campo Nueva Esperanza. From the 12th to the 15th of November, 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 at the Fundación MIR Dental clinic!

Throughout the 4-day operative over 500 students of the Fundación MIR were examined with procedures including cleanings, extractions, filled cavities, and they even repaired broken or chipped teeth! Dr. James Hudson and his team of doctors and dental students, with the support of Dr. Gisselle Johnson who is in charge of the Fundación MIR Dental clinic, got to work on the children with the worst dental problems, treating both boys as well as girls from all Fundacion MIR schools. 

The “smile” team of 18 volunteers from New York  worked tirelessly to provide dental health care – as well giving advice to the students of the Fundación MIR schools in La Romana. Their efforts were also complemented by a team of local Dominican dentists! This dental initiative not only relies on the expertise of a team of trained professionals but also on a wide range of equipment and modern facilities that they have available. Throughout the year the Fundación MIR Dental Clinic continues receive students, their families, and employees of the foundation all year long. Thanks to this clinic children can receive dental care year-round and as an additional effort, 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”.

This activity has not only been helpful to the students of the Fundación MIR, but is also a memorable experience for the volunteers involved in it– many of whom attended as part of an internship program at the university, which allows them to do practices in different countries and which also included students from Abraham Lincoln School and St John School as interpreters. This outreach, as in previous editions, proved to be a great success!

Below a collection of pictures provided by Fundación MIR taken during this year’s dental operative:

The Fundación MIR

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 Técnica 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:

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!

To find out more and see photos and articles of events organized by the Fundación MIR – click here!

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