Tirrases Dental Clinic





History Logs

Project Description

Region: Central America

Country: Costa Rica

Location: Tirrases

Total Budget: $55,800

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health, Economic and community development

Credit Card Fundraising

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For many Costa Ricans, dental care is unaffordable. Tirrases a vulnerable community with 23,000 people living in poor conditions with 50% of immigrants, have to walk far to a Social Security Clinic to have a dental appointment, as well as wait for an appointment for as long as one year.

The project will address dental needs and provide affordable and easy access to dental care, oral health, and preventative education. This will be accomplished by providing clinical services and oral health education to pregnant women, children, elderly and other population groups in Costa Rica. The project will support and train dental hygienists, dental assistants, and provide graduates students at Meharry Medical School of Dentistry the opportunity of student residency in Costa Rica.

Through the development of a school-based, school-linked dental clinic sealant and applied fluoride program it will; increase the percentage and number of clients seen; improve access to oral health by delivering both prevention and dental procedures, and expand access to oral health education in schools and the community.

The Global Grant will be utilized to outfit a clinic with the necessary medical equipment and supplies (dentist chairs, lamps, x-ray machines, basic instrument, air compressor, sealant) needed to run daily operations.

Lewisville Morning Rotary Club, along with various clubs in District 5790 (Fort Worth, Denton County and other clubs in Texas) will support this grant. Rotarians, members of Rotaract, Interact and volunteers will participate to help complete the project.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4240

Rotary Club of: San Pedro-Curridabat

Primary Contact: Aisha Baltodano-Flores

Email: aishabadelo@yahoo.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Lewisville (Morning)

Primary Contact: Carolyn Wright

Email: itspippy@gmail.com

Project Status

Need $25,029
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
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Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Lewisville (Morning) (5790)





San Pedro-Curridabat (4240)





Mineral Wells (5790)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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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




Community Assessment

Meeting summary w University

Speech at Ground Breaking


Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Carolyn Wright

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by John Pokorny

System Entry: Pledge of $2,500 by Gerardo Lorenzen of the Rotary Club of San Pedro-Curridabat, District 4240.


by John Pokorny

System Entry: Pledge of $3,000 by Saskia Vaughan of the Rotary Club of Mineral Wells, District 5790.


by Kimmie Tran

System Entry: Pledge of $640 with $640 DDF by Kimmie Tran of the Rotary Club of Arlington Great Southwest, District 5790.


by John Pokorny

System Entry: Pledge of $29,714 with $4,140 DDF by John Pokorny of the Rotary Club of Lewisville (Morning), District 5790.


by John Pokorny

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Sharron Miles

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

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