How To Help The Mexico Project


Who Benefits From The Project?

There is only one part time dentist for the orphanage children. Therefore, this project is essential in providing adequate dental care to the children. In addition to minor restorative work, students also provide many preventive services such as applying fluoride and sealants and educating the children on better oral hygiene. Also, the students gain valuable clinical experience and are given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the children of a developing nation.

"Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos defies the typical image of an orphanage. It's a place that loves and is loved by the hundreds of children that call it home. It provides what every child deserves - housing, regular meals, education, and medical and dental care. It was a privelege to contribute to the care of these children."
          - Judy Kim, Mexico Project '98


What Are The Project's Expenses?

Below is the estimated budget for the group of 10 students:

Round-trip Airfare $  6,500
Transportation Within Mexico $  1,500
Food $  1,600
Housing $  1,200
Vaccinations $  1,250


"These children so desperately need our love and support, that to see their genuine love from the care we gave them, both dental and emotional, makes me want to do more for them."
          - Brian McMurtry, Mexico Project '98 and Webmaster


How Is The Project Funded?

This Program receives no state funds from North Carolina. All expenses must be met with contributions and select fundraisers such as T-shirt sales, pizza sales, doughnut sales, and figts of products from dental suppliers and manufacturers. The success of this endeavor is the result of volunteer efforts of dental students and the generosity of area residents, businesses, and helth professionals. Assistance from the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. is greatly appreciated.

"The service which we provided to the children pales in comparison to the rewards that we received. Their smiles, laughter and affection are truly what makes the UNC Mexico Project such an amazing experience."
          - Mike Rossitch, Mexico Project '98


How Can You Help The Project?

The students are currently collecting contributions to fund this year's trip to Mexico. If you would like to make a donation to this educational and service-oriented project, please complete and print the enclosed form.

You can donate to the project online via

UNC's Online Gift Site

The site is secure and very easy to use. In the first drop-down box, select "School of Dentistry." In the second box, select "Mexico Project (2094)." Put in the amount you wish to donate and the frequency, and everything will be processed as it should.

All donations have been approved by the UNC School of Dentistry to be tax deductible. The tax exempt identification number, as registered by the Internal Revenue Service, is EIN-56-6304130

Alternatively, if you wish to mail a donation, please send to the below address.

The Dental Foundation of NC
UNC School of Dentistry CB#7451
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7451

Make your check payable to "DFNC - Mexico Project - 2094"

The "2094" is important. It will make sure your donation gets put into the proper account.

Click here to view and print the donation form.

For further information regarding the UNC Dental Mexico Project contact:

Dept. of Ecology - UNC Dental Mexico Project
c/o Rick Mumford, DMD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Dentistry in Service to Communities - DISC Program
UNC at Chapel Hill - School of Dentistry
Campus Box # 7450
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7450

T - 919.966.2787
F - 919.843.1170


"To me, the UNC Mexico Project was more than just a means of providing needed dental care to the children at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos; it was an experience of a lifetime that allowed me to form a strong bond and an everlasting friendship with a group of children who are among the kindes and most generous people I have ever known."
          - Golnar Jahanmir, Mexico Project '98