The Mosoj Punchay center is dedicated to the rehab of the children that have been severely burned. After surgery the children can live there while receiving further surgeries and physical therapy. Parents can visit during the week. Smiles Forever Clinic has awarded Roberto (fictional name) Patient of the Year and provided him needed dental treatment. He is recovering from 45% of his body being burned. Roberto is always the first to jump in the chair for dental treatment. All of his fillings are complete (14) but most importantly his dental hygiene improved to 100%. Congratulations Roberto!!! He still loves to come and visit and support the other dental patients.
Hogar Zapatito Boys Shelter--- With the opening of our new clinic, dental services for the boys from Hogar Zapatito will now be increased to include afternoon appointments. We are continuing to complete restorative treatment to this group who has suffered so much from living on the streets of rural Vinto. Many had never seen a dentist before but were able to overcome their fears with caring hands and hearts.
The last class has only 6 months left until graduation. With the addition of the new community service clinic students will be able to give more support back to their communities with prevention and dental hygiene services.
Performing life.- In 2013 Smiles Forever with Performing Life are planning to provide extended dental services in a near by town, Quillacollo. Performing Life has created a new facility in Quillacollo where many of the children live. These are street children who without the help of Performing Life would not complete high school education. The program also assists the whole family to create new small business to support themselves.
Niño’s con valor.- The majority of the dental restorative treatment was completed on the children. We are focusing efforts on maintaining their oral health through prevention. It is our commitment to help keep this group affected by HIV, close to a perfect total body health state while continuing to provide care to the new beneficiaries of Niño’s Con Valor.
Smiles Forever is proud to announce that we are providing full dental care services (cleanings and restorative) to the program, Casa de Amistad. One hundred and twenty children are in this program from the ages of 5 to 18. These children live with their parents (mothers) that are currently incarcerated in the San Sebastian Jail for Women. Most of these women are in jail for drug trafficking and or not being able to pay for a proper representation in court.
The children arrive at Casa Amistad in the morning for breakfast and then attend public school. There is set study time with help from volunteers, lunch, dinner, and then they return at 5:30 sharp to the jail for the evening. Casa Amistad has been providing these services for the last 16 years. They have a 90 % success rate. That is 90% have a good life and do not become part of the jail system. Thirty percent continue on to university level or vocational training.
Smiles Forever is supporting a preventive tooth-brushing program at Casa de Amistad. Each childin the center recieves new toothbrush and homecare instructions. Casa de Amistad provides a time and place for them to brush. Students are preparing a workshop to give the volunteers at Casa Amistad in preventative dental care and nutrition. We are already receiving great feedback from the kids about how much they like to brush and cleaner mouths!
Dear supporters, we are excited to send to you updates from already existing projects and the new additions for this year.
Our new community service clinic is near completion. Technicians are working late hours to accomplish this quickly. This new clinic will allow Smiles Forever to increase clinical hours (up to a minimum of 15 hours per week), thus providing quality dental care to more of the underserved population. And adding more clinical time for students as they continue to provide preventative dentistry.
We look forward to visiting with our supporters at Emerald Downs in Seattle on May 4, 2013 for our "Racing on the Rail" Event. Guest will enjoy an exclusive Trackside Tent, located on the south of the track, just past the finish line. Registration includes admission, official program and tip sheet, reserved seating and betting window with handicapper to help you win. Guest will enjoy private buffet, no host bar and watching of the 139th Running of the Kentucy Derby on private screens. Join us for the fun!
Holiday Greetings for our Global Giving Friends: All of us at "Send Homeless Bolivian Woman to School for a Year" wish you a happy holiday season and blessings and joy in the year ahead. In 2012 we provided full dental treatment to over 7,000 children from the under-served populations of Bolivia.
Serving 7,000 Indigenous Bolivians: Including HIV positive children, Burn Patients, Homeless Children & Children with Birth Defects. Besides providing dental cleanings, fillings, and preventative dental care to children affected by HIV, burn patients, and homeless children, we strive to connect children who have congenital birth defects with dental professionals in Bolivia.
Success Story of Baby Burton: Born with Multiple Birth Defects & Now Overcoming Cultural Bias & being fitted with a Hearing Aid. Meet Baby Burton who is now standing for the first time with a little help from his dad. Baby Burton, now two-and-a-half years old, was born with a cleft palate. He was also missing both thumbs and found to be deaf. We stepped in and coordinated other professionals in Cochabamba to help his family. This fortunate todler is now walking, eating solid food for the first time, and being fitted for a hearing aid. His case, like so many others, is complicated by cultural values and concerns, and a lack of education. We are working with his family to help them understand that they should not be ashamed of their child's birth defects. This Christmas, Baby Burton is not wearing a hat to cover his misshapen ears, but instead is walking proudly unencumbered.
Your Help Makes our Unique Dental Hygiene School Possible. Thank you for showing that you care for Baby Burton, and so many like him, by supporting our groundbreaking work here in Bolivia, one of the poorest nations in Latin America. We can continue to train young indigenious women, and thus give them a skill so that they might become examples and leaders in their community, because of your help.
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