1. HOSPITAL ONCOLOGICO CAJA PETROLERA SALUD
On the last quarter of 2012 a new project will be launched: Smiles Forever's Bolivian Hygienists School for Indigenous Women will provide quality dental services for children at the Oncology Hospital of Cochabamba. We will provide preventative and restorative services to children affected with cancer. Most of the patients are low income interns from rural areas and parents cannot provide any dental care for their children.
2. NEW CLINIC
Also, our new dental facilities is projected to open on the last quarter of 2012. These new facilities will allow us to increase the number of beneficiaries served with quality dental work , using a rotation of dental hygiene students.
3. FLUORIDE CAMPAIGNS
For the first quarter of 2013, fluoride campaigns will start in different public schools. This will allow us to expand the community service program and to provide prevention to larger groups and identify and attend dental emergencies that can be life-threatening.
4. SOROPITIMIST-SPONSORED CANCER WORKSHOPS
Thanks to the SOROPTIMIST group of Cochabamba, our dental hygiene students are receiving the benefit of workshops about cancer (all types, especially the ones that affect women). The objective is to transfer the knowledge to all the women with whom we work by using smaller workshops which adapt well to our training system.
In 2013 we will receive two new students from the Mariano Baptista School, situated in the mountains of the rural municipality of Morochata. The new students will receive the benefit of free education and will live as interns in the Smiles Forever's transition house where they will have all the housing accommodations that they will need to complete the program. The new beneficiaries of the dental hygiene training program will have the objective to return to Morochata and work for the community and smaller and more distant villages where Smiles Forever can't reach. Their training at the Cochabamba school will not only prepare them to identify dental emergencies, but also equip them with the knowledge to provide preventative care.
6. SMILES FOREVER'S DENTAL HYGIENE TRAINING CENTER
The graduating class of 2014 will be successfully completing their training with excellence. Our graduates are highly motivated and fully expect to start working for dentists in the community. All of us here in Bolivia sincerely thank our generous Global Giving family, for your continued support! It is because of your continued gifts that we can with confidence do long-term planning. Our projects now being put in place to help children with cancer, help even more distant villages, and to sustain our excellence to fully prepare our graduates -- all are possible with your support and blessing.
At the invitation of the Smiles Forever organization, Dr. Tracy Wayman provided care for 40 young new patients.
Forty lucky young boys, with no prior dental care, were treated by Dr. Tracy Wayman of Seattle, Washington. Sponsored by the Smiles Forever organization, Dr. Wayman volunteered a week of his time to treat these formerly homeless boys. These boys now live in a safe haven home in Vinto, a town 45 minutes outside Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Dr. Wayman's many talents were called into play as he administered much needed care to children totally without access to basic dental hygiene services. Because this boys home has no money available to budget for preventative dental care, each child had at least 5 cavities, and many were in need of extractions and root canal therapy.
It is no surprise Dr. Wayman had to soothe and calm down scared and crying young boys who were at first difficult to handle. It is wonderful that he has a special way with children, and that he could win them over and make them feel at ease. Soon they became easier to work with as he gained their trust, and they knew they would be feeeling much better free from awful toothaches. The generous and kind Dr. Wayman truly has a gift for working with those so much in need. All his new patients left with smiles on their faces!
Our Bolivian Dental Hygiene school is grateful to dedicated professionals like Dr. Wayman who are willing to leave their comfortable dentist offices and come and give of their time, working in some difficult situations with minimal supplies. Of course, it is thanks to our caring Global Giving family of donors, who make it possible for these fortunate boys to receive follow-up care.
Volunteer Deborah McLynn Chiu Instructs Hygienists at Unique Bolivian Dental School
Seattle area's Deborah McLynn Chiu RDH, dental hygienist and educator for 23 years, came to enrich the teaching program at the Smiles Forever one-of-a-kind vocational training program in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Deborah arrived February 12th and stayed for a whirlwind week of instruction and the sharing of the most up-to-date techniques. Because the Smiles Forever sponsored Dental Hygiene School in Bolivia is the first ever dental hygienist training program in Bolivia, maybe even the only one in all of South America, there is a need for a Spanish/ English training manual. Deborah McLynn Chiu is helping to write the book!
This book will provide a how-to guide on Mastery Level Dental Hygiene techniques. Our current manuals are being rewritten and updated to include our latest training techniques. One specialty of Deborah's is how to use scaling instruments for cleaning teeth, and she has taught our indigenous Bolivian women the latest techniques. Everyone here is so appreciative of her enthusiasm and help and energetic spirit to take on such a big project. We all are hoping Deborah McLynn Chiu can return for another teaching visit.
Our graduates, who have now formed their own Dental Hygiene Association in Bolivia, returned to attend evening and weekend continuing education courses to further develop their skills. In the spirit of Smiles Forever's Mission of giving to the community, the new Dental Hygiene Association of Bolivia has decided to raise funds for their own sealant and flouride school program, as well as aiding and mentoring other indigenous young women who attend the Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School. We are all so proud to report that our graduates have branched out to help even more children who need preventative dental care for improved overall health.
Our special dental school, which changes the lives of young Bolivian women who might otherwise be homeless, without skills to support their families, and living a day to day existence, offers these women a better future with your generosity. Thank you. Muchas Gracias.
In total, our school has been here in the heart of the Bolivian high plateau country operating for over a decade and giving quality dental treatment to literally thousands, including burned children and rural populations. Many have received urgent care with the help of our irreplaceable teaching staff and volunteers.
We have been ranked #124 in this wonderful organization of over 8,000 projects. Our current Leader Title Overall has meant the Send a Homeless Bolivian Woman to School for a Year can be featured in matching campaigns, listed on corporate giving sites, and featured in South American campaigns. We just need to bump up to the $24,000 and above donation level, and with your help this can happen. An easy way to help this project you care so much about is to become a recurring giver. That way I'll be even busier sending out my sincere thanks.
New Class of Trainees in Cochabamba Hygienist School
This past season has been a busy one as the new class of future hygienists have been learning and practicing skills. The rains have now returned to Bolivia, and the women are with their families celebrating the holidays and thankful that their training is changing all their lives. Sandy Kemper's parents who have been benefactors for the school were able to travel here for a much-welcomed visit. Especially thrilled is Sandy and Freddy's adopted Bolivian son Andre who you may remember has benefited from cleft palate surgery.
2012 Upcoming Highlights
Plans for the new year are ambitious and the school's founder hygienist Sandy Kemper will continue to work side by side with the students.
In February Dr. Tracey Wayman and his hygienist Deb Chu will be coming to Bolivia for 10 days. Both will be giving a lecture on the capabilities of the dental hygienist to the Bolivian dentists. This will be the same lecture they give at the University of Washington.
This will help further the hiring of our graduates as well as allowing them to utilize their skills to the fullest. Deb Chu RDH will also be giving a lecture about the latest dental hygiene techniques to our students and graduates. Dr. Tracey will be working in our community service projects filling and saving teeth!!!
In 2012 it might be possible to welcome more dental professionals using the volunteer registry through GlobalGiving. Thank you GlobalGiving for continuing to help in so many ways. Particularly gratifying has been the response generated by the Holiday Gift Card program. Be assured that every dollar benefits so many people here in Bolivia.
Shoreline Dental Hygiene Students Study Abroad with Smiles Forever
Smiles Forever and the Dental Hygiene Program from Shoreline Community College in Seattle, Washington united for a Study Abroad program with the dental hygiene students in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The mission was one where the exchange of educational and cultural information was emphasized.
For seventeen days the students worked together in various community service projects. The mission was to stop the progression of dental disease, Caries or Cavities, and to provide preventative skills to the community. All 398 school-age children in the village of Morochatta were surveyed identifying either teeth with cavities which could be saved, or teeth that were so diseased that extraction was necessary.
In collaboration with one U.S. dentist and three Bolivian dentists from Cochabamba, seventy-seven teeth were pulled. The students then received an application of a new fluoride product that stops the progression of decay in its tracks!
Preventative Treatment Significant in Remote Areas
This preventative fluoride treatment will not only be helpful to individuals, but it could prove to be the revolutionary way to give the best care in similar remote areas. Twenty students had such severe decay that they were placed on medication and will need future treatment. All the students and their teachers, and many of the parents, received instruction about preventing dental disease.
Then the collaborative efforts of the Shoreline dental hygiene students and the Cochabamba students used this same model to help thirty children at the Viedma Burn Shelter. The Smiles Forever sponsored school for hygienists pledges to return to these community service projects on a regular basis.
Hygienist trainees, Graduates and Faculty Bonded
Everyone involved in these service projects bonded. It was an extraordinary trip and learning experience. An official meeting was held for the graduates of the Cochabamba, Bolivian hygienist school. One wish expressed was that U.S. hygienists could help educate Bolivian dentists about the value of a skilled hygienist as an intregal part of a dental treatment team.
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