The education program has undergone significant changes during the thirteen-year history of Sonrisas. Initially the focus was on oral health and prevention of oral illnesses.


The Dominican Republic is located on the Island of Hispaniola, which it shares with it's much smaller neighbor to the east - Haiti. The country has an area of 48,442 square kilometers, or about 18,000 square miles which take up about 2/3 of the island.


I am 37 years old. I come to the Clinic “Sonrisas-III”. I like how they treat me, they are very kind. If I have any questions, they take the time to explain it to me. I find that the dental service is of good quality.

Memorial note for Mr. John DeBoer
September 3
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Smiles Foundation treasurer, long time friend and founding member, Mr. John DeBoer. Thanks to the generous contributions and guidance provided by John over the last 25 years, the Smiles Foundation was able to continually grow and expand its mission of providing dental treatments, primary health education and computer training to the most needy children of the Dominican Republic and has treated and educated over 2.5 million poor people. ...See More
Note to John's family
September 3

Dearest Nel and DeBoer family,

With loosing John, I feel there always will be an empty spot in my soul... the place that before was filled with John's voice, his kindness, his wisdom, his unwavering support to my work in the DR, his strength, his unconditional love for humanity, his open heartidness, his love for life, his dedication to Rotary and always time and room in his busy schedule for love and devotion to his wife and family.
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history Told by Elina Katsman, Founder
February 22nd, 2006