The 1,000 Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxillo-facial deformities such as cleft palate.
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Alert: The toll road is open again all the way to Ensenada.
While the toll road is now officially open, frequent travelers are reporting there is so much work still in progress that there are several delays. Many people are continuing to use the old(free) road.
MORE IMPORTANTLY—The City is completely tearing up Blvd. Costero (the road directly in front of ocean) and it is a HORRIBLE mess!!! At present they have excavated the ocean side of Blvd from the corner where you enter town for about 4 blocks. Traffic is being diverted on to what is supposed to be the lane going OUT of town, cutting traffic flow from 2 lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction, trolling traffic to and from side streets. It is VERY cumbersome and, as there is no parking on either side, the parking on 1st and even second streets is difficult. As I know many of you stay in hotels in this area, be aware that your busses are going to have a problem. The construction is supposed to last 6 months (probably more like 8-9) but by the May clinic they should, hopefully, be far enough down the street so as not to affect you.
– Thanks to Ellen Daily, Volunteer Nurse who lives in Ensenada for this info
Visiting the August 2014 TSF clinic was Coronado Rotarian Ron Vernetti, (on the left), shown with TSF President Dr. Dave Irwin, La Jolla Sunrise Rotarian, and TSF Founder and National City Rotarian, Bob Chalfa. For more photos from the successful clinic, please visit the the Thousand Smiles Group FaceBook page.
Rotary International has just okayed the first-ever Global Grant for Thousand Smiles! Many thanks go out to Monarch Beach Rotary as the International Club and their district clubs who donated, as well as the clubs in California District 5330, District 5340 and Mexican District 4100. The grant total was over $43,000 which includes much needed surgical and dental instruments to replace old equipment. Because of the commitment of these dedicated Rotarians on both sides of the border, TSF will continue to make a difference in the lives of needy children in Baja. Thank you Rotarians for your generous support!
A Special Thanks to TSF volunteer Jack Winsten, who took these before and after photos of this pretty little patient during the last couple of years... What a difference we make in young lives in Baja!