Cavities are the most prevalent chronic disease among children in Armenia. Empirical studies have documented that: 1) the average 5-year old child in Armenia has eight decayed, missing or filled primary teeth; 2) between the ages of 14 and 17 years old, the average child continues to experience dental decay at the rate of one permanent tooth per year; 3) almost 90% of all 12-year-old children in Armenia have cavities; and, 4) only 20% of Armenian 18-year-olds still have all of their teeth. Unquestionably, dental hygiene problems are more problematic among institutionalized children. 

To address these dental issues, SOAR’s Dental Fund was created in September 2015 and is overseen by a team of dental experts.


The Fund has three primary components:

  1. Dental clinic construction. SOAR constructs and outfits dental suites and clinics to offer the orphaned children in Armenia consistent and quality access to dental care. A dental suite was renovated at Kharberd Orphanage and a dental clinic was constructed at the Our Lady of Armenia (OLA) Center in Gyumri. The Gyumri Clinic provides free dental services to the elderly and all orphaned children free of charge.
  2. Recruiting dental professionals to volunteer at the OLA Summer Camp. The OLA Camp is held in Tsaghgadzor annually for approximately 12 weeks. During each of four (4) 16-day sessions, approximately 200 orphaned and otherwise underprivileged children visit the Camp. Overseen by SOAR-Detroit, we actively seek dentists and dental assistants who are able to volunteer for at least one week each summer.
  3. Procure dental supplies. Our Dental Fund experts identify outlets for humanitarian donations of dental supplies. When appropriate, these goods are procured and shipped to Armenia.

View Dental Fund Annual Reports Here


December 2021

41 patients received dental care during the month of December

SOAR Dental Clinic had 41 patients served December of 2021
Patients served at the SOAR Dental Clinic in November 2021

November 2021

52 patients from Our Lady of Armenia, Shirak Marz, Gyumri Social Childcare Center, and the community were served.

October 2021

48 patients received dental care during the month of October

SOAR Dental Clinic October assistance
73 patients served at the SOAR Dental Clinic

September 2021

73 patients from Our Lady of Armenia, Shirak Marz, and the community were served. Dr. Sunny from Fresno was there to help!

March 2021

111 patients received dental care during the 1st quarter of 2021

Dental fund updates for the first quarter of 2021
Dental care for Warm Hearth residents

December 2020

Residents from Warm Hearth receive dental care

November 2020

After the delay in services due to Covid, the clinic is back in operation and serviced 46 patients for free in November, including 10 from Artsakh.

SOAR Dental Fund November

February 2020

During the month, 67 patients received free dental care

January 2020

During the month, 56 patients received free dental care

SOAR Dental Clinic January 2020
Dental Clinic July 2019

July 2019

Continuing work at the SOAR Dental Clinic

SOAR’s 2Q2019 project report “Dental Care for 235 Orphans in Armenia” is live on GlobalGiving!
Check it out HERE.

Upgraded dental rooms with digital x-rays in Tsaghkadzor camp
Upgraded dental rooms with digital x-rays in Tsaghkadzor camp

One of the main missions provided through the SOAR Dental Clinic is to raise awareness among disadvantaged children about proper care of their teeth and how to protect and to keep their teeth strong and healthy. Also to visit their dentist for regular checkups.

With that in mind, the dental team decided to organize visit on February 26, 2018 for a checkup to the children at their care facilities. The first facility was Nansen boarding school in Gyumri. 

After a presentation by the dental hygienist about this topic the doctor examined 56 children (During the exam, the teeth were cleaned, flossed, and checked for cavities) and made a list of further needs of the children. Shortly after the toothbrushes and relevant items were distributed to the children.

A huge shipment of medical and dental equipment and supplies through Project Cure!