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Project information

Project Sonrisa

Project Sonrisa runs three dental clinics where underprivileged children living in the slum areas of Buenos Aires can receive free restorative care and oral hygiene . The project fills a critical gap in the underfunded public health system where only extractions are available for poor children.

The project is ongoing since October 2006

Charity information: Todos Juntos Childrens Trust

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  • Need


    In Argentina traditional treatment of oral diseases is costly and families of low income have little to no access to dental care. Although Argentina offers free health services the absence of government investment in restorative dental care and oral hygiene together with poor nutrition is leading to serious oral health complications in children within the slum communities of Buenos Aires. An estimated 90 per cent of all children living in the slums suffer from tooth decay.


    Todos Juntos has set up and funds three (Project Sonrisa) dental clinics where free restorative care and oral hygiene sessions are provided all year round to underprivileged children and adolescents living in the surrounding slums.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To offer free restorative dental care to children living in the slums of Buenos Aires


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    What success will look like

    Success will be increasing our number of patients treated each year . From approximately 400 in 2066 we hope to reach over 7000 children in 2012 and more in 2013.

  • Impact


    The project will reverse the effects of long term tooth decay in children in these slum areas by providing restorative care and hygiene. Children no longer have extractions as their only option to decay and have also learnt the simple rules of dental hygiene All our patients have free access to toothbrushes and toothpaste all year round . Once a child enters the project he/she will have dental care until the age of 18 and succes will be an increase in number of patients treated each year


    Our greatest risk right now is uncontrolled inflation. With Argentina rated second highest in the world when it comes to inflation our costs have doubled in the last 12 months and this is can only be dealt with by raising more and more funds to maintain our work .


    Reports are made available to all donors requesting one . Annual statistics (number of treatments/patients per year per clinic/toothbrushes and toothpaste distributed etc ) together with annual audited accounts are provided with a brief summary of other activities and events during the year .

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Dentist salaries annual cost for three part time dentists
      £8,000 Dental Supplies supplies for treatment of seven thousand children in three clinics
      £3,500 Admin annual fees for lawyer and accountant
      £2,500 Others bank fees/taxes/prosthetic teeth/repairs and maintenance
  • Background


    Our clinics are situated outside the slum areas of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina The estimated population of the slums is 130 000 people of which 40 per cent are children.


    Children and adolescents from these slum areas from extremely low income families who currently have no access to restorative dental care . To date we are the only ones in Argentina offering this service.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully treated thousands of children over the past years and are still to date the only charity in Argentina offering this service to slum children because we are set up in the government health centers where children are within walking distance from our clinics and can easily access free care at any time during the year . We work to promote oral hygiene in the surrounding schools and kindergartens. around our clinics

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    Laura Campestre

    Our first dentist to be hired .Her insight, and devotion to the children, have been the heart and soul of Project Sonrisa since 2006

    Rodrigo Cesteros

    Our second dentist who has brought youth , energy and an incredible amount of patience and new ideas to the project .

    Gunter Heyden

    Trustee and founder of the Todos Juntos Children's Trust in the UK . His guidance has been invaluable .

    Nathalie Heyden

    Trustee and fundraiser in the UK . Her efforts to establish a network of donors and organize fundraisers has been vital to the charity .

13 year old girl

13 year old girl


will pay for a child's dental care for a year