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The Thousand Smiles Foundation is a Non-profit 501(c)(3) Californian Corporation dedicated to providing free maxillo-facial surgeries and dental work to underprivileged children in Mexico who suffer from facial deformities such as Cleft lip and palate. The Foundation owns a modern dental clinic at Ave México #124, Colonia Buenaventura, Ensenada, Baja California, México. Surgeries are performed at the Ensenada General Hospital in the same town. The foundation and its clinics are completely staffed by volunteers, mostly from The United States and México.
Ensenada is a coastal city in Mexico, the third-largest in Baja California. Lying 125 kilometres (78 mi) south of San Diego on the Baja California Peninsula, it is locally referred to as La Cenicienta del Pacífico, "The Cinderella of the Pacific".
Baja California, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Baja California, is a state in Mexico. It is the northernmost and westernmost of the 32 Federal Entities of Mexico. Before becoming a state in 1952, the area was known as the North Territory of Baja California. It has an area of 70,113 km2 (27,071 sq mi), or 3.57% of the land mass of Mexico and comprises the northern half of the Baja California Peninsula, north of the 28th parallel, plus oceanic Guadalupe Island. The mainland portion of the state is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Sonora, the U.S. state of Arizona, and the Gulf of California, and on the south by Baja California Sur. Its northern limit is the U.S. state of California.
Thousand Smiles was formed by Rotarians from The National City Rotary Club, National City, California and the Chula Vista Rotary Club in Chula Vista, CA in 1985 and has operated since then. It is considered a Rotary International project and has been the recipient of several grants from The Rotary Foundation and individual Rotary Clubs. Its board of directors now consists of Rotarians from California Rotary District 5340 , California District 5330 and NW Mexico Rotary District 4110 . Rotarians from many other districts participate and contribute to this project. Four two-day clinics are held yearly, generally the first Friday and Saturday of February, May, August and November. The clinic and its volunteers comply with all Mexican Government and Health Department Regulations.
Chula Vista is the second largest city in the San Diego metropolitan area, the seventh largest city in Southern California, the fourteenth largest city in the state of California, and the 74th-largest city in the United States. The population was 243,916 as of the 2010 census. Located just 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from downtown San Diego and 7.5 miles (12.1 km) from the Mexican border in the South Bay region of the metropolitan area, the city is at the center of one of the richest economic and culturally diverse zones in the United States. Chula Vista is so named because of its scenic location between the San Diego Bay and coastal mountain foothills.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-religious organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 35,000+ member clubs worldwide, and 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians, have joined.
Southwestern College is a public community college in Chula Vista, California. Founded in 1961, Southwestern College serves approximately 19,000 students annually.
Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is a Rotary International student exchange program for students in secondary school. Since 1929, Rotary International has sent young people around the globe to experience new cultures. Currently, about 9,000 students are sponsored by Rotary clubs every year. Typically, students are sent to another country for a year-long stay, generally living with multiple host families during the year and being expected to perform daily tasks within the household as well as attend school in the host country. Short term exchange programs are also quite common. These typically involve direct student exchanges between two families arranged through Rotary to coincide with major school holiday periods.
Operation Smile is a nonprofit medical service organization founded in 1982 by Dr. William P. Magee, Jr. and his wife Kathy Magee. It is headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The Sweetwater Union High School District is a school district headquartered in Chula Vista, California. As of 2011, the school district is the largest secondary school district in California.
South Bay is a region in southwestern San Diego County, California consisting of the communities and cities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Lincoln Acres, National City, and South San Diego.
Tonse Ramesh Upendra Pai, son of Tonse Upendra Ananth Pai was the Chairman of MahaRashtra Apex Corporation Ltd. He was also the Director of several Joint stock Companies, including Reliance Industries. He was awarded the Karnataka Rajyotsava Award in 1998.
Mary Salas is a California politician from Chula Vista, California. She is a former California Assembly member who represented the 79th Assembly District from 2006 to 2010. She ran for the California State Senate in 2010 but lost. In 2012 she was elected to the Chula Vista City Council, a position she previously held from 1996 to 2004. She was elected Mayor of the city of Chula Vista in 2014.
The Chula Vista Bayfront is a master planned waterfront development on San Diego Bay within Chula Vista, California, United States. The bayfront is undergoing major development under the project title Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, one of the largest waterfront planning efforts in the United States.
Homeless Not Toothless (HNT), founded by Dr. Jay Grossman in 1992, is a non-profit organization of dentists who volunteer their time and who either pay for laboratory expenses or work with labs who donate dental work as their way of contributing to this worthy cause. Homeless Not Toothless is committed to encouraging the health, care, and support for as many foster children as possible to have their dental needs met through a well-structured community of doctors and dentists. The organization now has hundreds of dental practices, students and labs involved, volunteering their time and effort throughout the greater Los Angeles area and receives many of its patients through referrals by the Venice Family Clinic as well as local outreach programs. Since its start, HNT has provided more than $3,000,000 in dental treatment to its patients.
Rafael Butch Francisco, public figure, sportsman and Rotarian, is founder of Francisco Study Center and founding chairman of Francisco Center for Social Change FCSC Foundation. He retired in 2010 from the Philippine Amusement & Gaming Corporation as its president and chief operating officer. He has a baccalaureate degree from the De La Salle University (DLSU) and a postgraduate diploma from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). He took up his Executive Development Program in University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He was born in 1956, Generation Jones, and raised in Barangay 49, District 2 and later to Barangay 76, District 1, Pasay City, Philippines.
The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Transportation in San Diego–Tijuana occurs by various means. Though, in the four cities of San Diego, Tijuana, Tecate, and Rosarito Beach, the automobile serves as most important means of transportation. The international metropolitan region maintains an intricate highway infrastructure. As a large metropolitan area in Western North America, many roadways, including Interstates, State Routes, and Mexican Federal Highways, hold a terminus in the area. These roads have grown accustomed to support the masses of the commuting populace within the international region and are constantly being expanded and/or renovated. Transportation is a crucial issue in the metropolitan area. The streets and highways of the region affect environmental health and have influence over the degree of regional connectivity. Binational discussions about coordinating public transportation across the border are currently underway. San Diego–Tijuana is the site of two major international airports and numerous regional airports. It is also the site of the Port of San Diego and miles from the nearby Port of Ensenada.
The South Bay Salt Works is a salt factory in southern San Diego, near Chula Vista, in the South Bay region of San Diego County, California.
Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is a school district in California, headquartered in Chula Vista, in the South Bay area of San Diego County.
In the Philippines, the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) is an organization of Kapampangans living outside the region. It was founded in 1987 by 35 people who were inspired by President Corazon Aquino; in 2012, 11 of its founders remained. The KDF has created a rural-industrialization program known as RICH and has provided social and health services to poor residents of Pampanga through its HELP program, with assistance from international and non-governmental organizations and government agencies.
Anton Mari Hao Lim, DVM, better known as Doc Anton Lim, is a Filipino veterinarian, businessman, public figure, and humanitarian, and a frequent speaker, organizer, and community volunteer throughout the Philippines as he advocates for the disadvantaged. Coordinator of Tzu Chi Foundation, Zamboanga Liaison Office, where he began volunteering in 1998, he co-founded the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation in 2010, which speaks to the needs of communities where students are often forced to swim to and from school. To provide support, he networks with local, national, and international nonprofits, private organizations, and committed volunteers. In addition to his veterinary practice, Dr. Lim is a licensed real estate broker, and is co-founder of Republika ng Filinvestor Movement, President of the Filinvestor International Foundation, and Director for Business Development, Filinvest International Sales Group.
The Flying Samaritans is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free health care for underserved populations in Baja California, Mexico. The organization consists of ten different chapters, each with up to eight branches, that all operate a medical clinic in Baja California. Volunteer students, doctors, nurses, pilots, and other health professionals travel with their Flying Samaritans branch to their respective clinic locations and run anywhere from one-day to weekend long clinics on a monthly basis. Now with more than 1500 members the Flying Samaritans mission has spread broadly across California, Arizona, and Baja California.
Alliance for Smiles (AfS) is a nonproft organization founded in 2004 in San Francisco. They provide free surgical repairs for cleft lip and cleft palate anomalies in under-served areas of the world, with missions mostly in the continents of Asia and Africa. They also work to develop treatment centers where continuous follow-up care can be provided.