Dominican North Coast Oral Hea





History Logs

Project Description

Region: Other

Country: Dominican Republic

Location: Peurto Plata

Total Budget: $68,062

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment


The Puerto Plata Rotary club has formed in the community of La Colorada a Rotary Community Corps (RCC) which has executed numerous projects over the past 3 years. La Colorada is rural and has 213 families (aprox. 1,100 residents). 70% of the families earn at or below $US 125 per month, essentially all income must be used solely for basic subsistence. There are an additional 4 neighboring communities (Los Cacaos, Las Avispas, Saballo and La Grua) with an additional 790 families (Aprox. 3,950 people) that have similar socio economic conditions. The RCC of La Colorada has assisted these and other communities within the region in point of use safe water interventions, school water projects, school roofing project and community center constructions. The Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club in Conjunction with the Puerto Plata Rotary Club and Projects Las Americas hasbrought dentists and hygienist for the past two years conducting dentistry in the community of La Colorada, patients from other communities were also bussed in and treated. The need for improved preventative and dental treatment is urgent, this is the case for much of the Dominican and Haitian population living in the Dominican Republic.


Low income people cannot afford basic dental care. Cleanings, extractions and fillings average about $25 per procedure,which would be 20% of the majority of these families monthly income. Health for the poor is often a discretionary expense. In addition traveling to and from Puerto Plata is an additional expense. None of these communities even have a dentist. If just every person had just two cleanings in a year the cost would be two hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year. In the long run it is necessary to modify behavior via education and repetitive reinforcement particularly with the

children. In addition dental procedures are necessary so as to fulfill basic dental necessities and the equipment to fulfill the task.

Organizational Assets:

Fundación Ir Ver Y Hacer Inc. Is a community based Dominican Non Profit located in the village of La Colorada. The foundation is comprised of basically the same members and leadership as the Rotary Community Corps. The foundation will be the owner of the equipment and take responsibility for clearing all equipment through Dominican customs. They have effectively cleared several sea land containers and a school bus over the past few years. RC Puerto Plata - Members with extensive experience with medical and dental operatives. Members of this club have managed dozens of Matching Grants and one 2M dollar Rotary 3-H Grant. RCC- La Colorada has 35 members. RCC is well organized into comities including education, construction, water and health. They have constructed a community center and have assigned a building to be a community health center. The RCC has constructed 17 houses 3 community centers and three aqueducts, they have conducted numerous dental and health operatives, conducted community training in agriculture and sewing. They have also in conjunction with the Puerto Plata Rotary club a Rotary Interact club. Youth of the community are actively engaged in all constructions and

environmental initiatives. Project Las Americas - US and Dominican Non Profit, provide continued community support with personnel and economic resources. Has volunteer staff of 15 with extensive community oriented projects including education,empowerment, construction and safe water. Project Las Americas will commit to funding one dentist one day per week in the clinic and seek additional volunteer support from dentists and other institutions domestically. Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club - has directly supported projects with the Puerto Plata Rotary Club and Project Las Americas for over 5 years, including BioSand filters, aqueducts, reading and two international dental operatives in La Colorada. VBS will commit to organizing at least one dental groups in support of the project. Cleburne TX Rotary Club and Southwestern Adventist University has over 25 years been bringing medical teams to the North Coast of the Dominican Republic with both medical staff and students. They will commit to bringing dental staffto operate dental clinics at least once a year.

Physical Assets:

Secure concrete 3 room building assigned as community health center A 57 Passenger school bus donated by the Vero Beach Sunrise Rotary Club. Bus is to be used to transport patients to and from other communities.


Dental equipment will be provided to the community foundation Ir Ver y Hacer Inc. (a Dominican Non-Profit established in La Colorada) and the Rotary Community Corps of La Colorada, Dominican Republic. The community will provide a facility to operate a fixed dental clinic. The clinic will operate one day a week to provide dental care to La

Colorada and surrounding rural communities. The proposed equipment will be portable in nature so as to relocate to other communities on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic as dental teams both domestically and internationally are available to better utilize the equipment.

Additionally, dental hygiene promoters will be trained to make family and school visits to educate and promote better oral hygiene facilitating positive behavioral changes.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4060

Rotary Club of: Puerto Plata

Primary Contact: Robert Hildreth

Email: rec.hildreth@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 6930

Rotary Club of: Vero Beach Sunrise

Primary Contact: Rick Root

Email: ricklrootdmd@gmail.com

Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #18611.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Puerto Plata (4060)





Vero Beach Sunrise (6930)





Cleburne (5790)





Burleson Area Mid Day (5790)





Rancho Bernardo Sunrise (San Diego) (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

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Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $12,600 with $10,000 DDF by Sharron Miles of the Rotary Club of Cleburne, District 5790.


by Cleburne Rotary Club

System Entry: Pledge of $2,100 by Lynn Bates of the Rotary Club of Burleson Area Mid Day, District 5790.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $10,000 by Henriėt Dees of the Rotary Club of Oostburg, District 1610.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $10,000 DDF by Kim Muslusky of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise, District 5340.


System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Kim Muslusky

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $5,000 DDF by Kim Muslusky of the Rotary Club of Rancho Bernardo Sunrise (San Diego), District 5340.


by Philippe Lamoise

System Entry: Project dropped by Philippe Lamoise.

Reason for dropping: Per Robert Hildreth the project has been canceled.

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