Dear Friends,
As we turn the corner into fall GDR volunteers are heading off to a slew of programs in Nepal – 3 clinics plus two remote trips – and our final Cambodia trips in November.  It has been a productive year and one to celebrate.  This year GDR volunteers will serve 19,000 children – a 13% increase in children served!
Last month we celebrated at the GDR Annual Party – a fun, festive and highly successful event.  We so love this gathering of the GDR community every year for a warm, celebratory evening. Thank you!
Laurie and Kim also met with our wonderful sponsors at Arhaus, spending time with CEO John Reed and speaking to their headquarters staff.  Over the past five years this amazing company has sponsored GDR care for over 25,000 children.  We are deeply grateful and moved by their dedication to our work – thank you Arhaus! See more on another sponsor, Cranberry USA below.
And finally, thanks to all of you who joined our spring and summer trips in 2017. Together, you served over 10,000 children in Nepal, Cambodia, Kenya, Guatemala and India bringing many children the first dental care of their young lives!
With thanks, Kim, Laurie and the GDR Team



Student Growth Through Volunteering

Maya Patel in KenyaMany of our volunteers are experienced dental professionals or established career professionals, but what about the great experience to be had by future dentists and global citizens? Volunteering with GDR is the perfect way to give back while learning about yourself and the dental profession.


GDR Annual Party

What a fun evening had by all at our annual party!  Volunteers, donors and sponsors joined together to celebrate the 19,000 children served this year.  It was a grand evening of joy, connection and commitment to helping children around the world live healthier lives.
And a special thanks to our party sponsors Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck, Law Firm and CTC Associates, Dental Practice Brokers for making this event possible.  This work only happens through the committed support of our volunteers, donors and sponsors – hats off to all of you for helping children live brighter healthier lives!


We set the date for next year’s event early, in hopes that our out of town GDR family can join in the festivities next year. Save September 19, 2018 – come to Colorado, see old friends, meet new ones and spend the evening helping children in need.   


Upcoming Clinics

Have the desire to travel and help kids in the near future? Join us now!

  • Cambodia February 5-17
  • Cambodia February 18-March 4
  • Guatemala March 2-11
  • Guatemala March 9-18
Planning ahead? Here’s our full schedule.


Thank you Cranberry USA for all you do serving children globally!


Global Dental Relief celebrates five years of sponsorship by Cranberry USA!  Thank you Cranberry for supplying our volunteers with quality, colorful gloves and underwriting clinics.
This year Cranberry added a new feature to their sponsorship – Cranberry Scholars – giving 5 lucky pre-dental and pre-dental hygiene students $1000 scholarships to join a GDR trip and see their future profession in action.  These students add a wonderful young addition to our trips. Thank you Cranberry!


36 hours in Siem Reap

GDR holds five clinic annually in a small village just outside Siem Reap. Volunteers spend evenings enjoying lively and exotic Siem Reap. We hope you enjoy this video for the New York Times detailing all there is to experience in this fascinating city.  And after you watch the video – sign up to join us in Cambodia! You won’t regret it!


Help GDR reach more children

Lisa Sasevich with Global Dental ReliefThanks to Trip Leader Andrea Swenson for hosting a terrific fundraiser at her home in California in late August.  If any of you have the time and interest to host either a volunteer party to recruit new folks to GDR or a fundraiser please let Kim know! They are easy and fun events to help us spread the word and we would love to join you for an event!


HOSA Scholarship Opportunities for Students

Posted on March 19, 2018. HOSA is a nationally recognized organization on a mission to equip and empower the next generation of healthcare workers. By providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development, HOSA enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality professionals to the healthcare field. For the past 5 years, Global... Read more »

The How-To of Fundraising for a Global Dental Relief Trip

Posted on March 5, 2018. Do you dream of traveling internationally to help children around the world live happier, healthier lives? You can make this dream a reality by volunteering with Global Dental Relief! The following fundraising tips are ways to help fund your dream of volunteering abroad. Write a... Read more »

Denver Southeast Rotary Club Helps Children in Nepal

Posted on February 19, 2018. In the fall of 2017, The Rotary Club of Southeast Denver partnered with Global Dental Relief to help sponsor two clinics in Kathmandu, Nepal. Through multi-club efforts, Rotarians contributed a generous donation of $19,500 to Global Dental Relief’s clinics in Nepal. Local Denver Rotarians –... Read more »


Posted on February 5, 2018. Global Dental Relief (GDR) partners with Cranberry USA, a dental supply company, to offer volunteer scholarship opportunities to pre-dental and pre-dental hygiene students. In 2017, Cranberry USA awarded five $1,000 scholarships to students who are passionate about bringing dental care to kids overseas. Scholarship recipients... Read more »

Why Dental Care for Kids?

Posted on January 22, 2018 Global Dental Relief (GDR) is on a mission to provide dental care for those who need it most –children. Childhood is a time to learn, grow, and develop habits that will shape adult life; children who have access to quality dental care develop positive oral... Read more »