Jul 13, 2021

Smiles Forever Brings Care Packages to Shelters

Care Packages Table at Cochabamba shelter
Care Packages Table at Cochabamba shelter
DONORS AND SUPPORTERS SMILES FOREVER UPDATE - REPORT
Three New Shelters Served, including for victims of abuse, and a rural boys shelter
 
Thanks to our supporters currently we are able to increase the inclusion of new shelters, homes, centers to our beneficiary and partner organization family as Centro la Providencia a shelter for girls victims of abuse, Rosa de Saron a shelters for girls and Arca de Rescate, a shelter for boys in the country side of Cochabamba.
 
During our Care packages Program (a program designed to provide lifesaving biosafety supplies to our partner and beneficiary organizations so they can adequately protect themselves) we were capable to include new organizations, that desperately needed support in the dental field since this pandemic has hit them hard financially, and been able to safely mobilize the children to our facilities reducing the exposure to Covid – 19.  
The Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), program continues as our Safest treatment option
 
The Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), program continues, for now, completely positioned in the Smiles Forever Community Service Dental Clinic, documented and recorded as code, regulations and intern protocols requires and demonstrating that during this pandemic times is one of our most effective tools to treat patients by reducing the risk of exposure for both patients and members of our dental team.
 
Although our biosafety protocols exceed the official requirements to attend patients, we must consider that most of the power operated dental equipment is based on an air and water spray system, making dental services one of the health operators with greater risk of contagion of Covid - 19. And being the SDF a treatment that does not require the use of equipment based on spray operation systems, allows us to carry out more treatments at present and in the future we will concentrate on the aesthetic part of the patients, always focused on prevention and thus avoiding future life-threatening infections and dental pain in children.
Dental Emergency & Urgent Care Mandated for Covid-19 Safety for patients & staff
Likewise, the Dental Society of Cochabamba published the instruction that dental services in all the clinics and dental offices in the state of Cochabamba must be reduced to only provide care for patients considered as a dental emergency or of extreme urgency, and that any other treatment should be postponed until the health authorities determine so.
 
Sadly, in May 2021 we were affected directly by Covid - 19  as two members of our team tested positive, a Dental Hygienist and our administrative assistant, both then quarantined at home and received the corresponding medication. Thank God they were able to improve without the need for hospitalization in a medical unit. After laboratory analysis, nobody else on the team nor the patients they were in contact with tested positive; we closed the clinic for 2 days and fumigated the entire facility. This situation coincided with the highest peak of infections, hospitalizations and diseases in Cochabamba, Bolivia since the start of the pandemic in 2020. At present they are back and rejoining the team and their work. All staff celebrates their return to our activities that did not stop even during the most complicated scenario.
 
We would like to encourage our donors and supporters to participate in the GLOBAL GIVING July 14th BONUS CAMPAIGN. Gifts from $100 to $1,000 receive matches on a sliding scale up to 50%.  
$400,000 dollars will be given out in this one-day opportunity to make your dollars go farther.  You're encouraged to give early in the day, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Your donation will allow us to keep providing free quality dental care to our beneficiaries.
 
Thanks for your support during this dark and difficult pandemic times.
 
Sandy Kemper RDH, BS
Founder
Smiles Forever Foundation
 
Care Packages for Villa Esperanza
Care Packages for Villa Esperanza
Smiles Forever brings care gifts to Solomon home
Smiles Forever brings care gifts to Solomon home
Smiles Forever dentist uses special SDF treatment
Smiles Forever dentist uses special SDF treatment
Our dentist gives tooth saving treatment
Our dentist gives tooth saving treatment
Apr 19, 2021

SMILES FOREVER, COVID - 19 CARE PACKAGES PROGRAM

Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Entrance
Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Entrance

Dear Donors, Friends, Supporters,


Smiles Forever Program and operations are located in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with a population of 1.2 million of habitants. We only have one level 3 hospital and 3 units of intensive care with less than 70 beds equipped to face the pandemic. So basically the situation remains critical. The vaccines supplied by the state are insufficient and poorly scheduled. To receive a vaccine you have to wait a minimum of 6 hours in line and probably will not receive it. According to experts, at this rate, the Bolivian population will not be completely vaccinated till the end of 2023.  We are concerned about the new strains of Covid - 19, which have mutated. Unfortunately these new strains go hand in hand with the second and third waves of Covid - 19 that are proving to be more lethal and are now affecting children under the age of 14.


So the best option for the population is still following all the biosecurity protocols based upon disinfection, hand washing and the usage of facemasks.  Which represents an economic challenge for our beneficiaries since it is very difficult for them to comply with all these protocols due to the high cost of biosafety supplies. And at the same time this means that minor patients cannot be transferred to our dental facilities without all the biosecurity measures.

 

Therefore, to the best of our ability we continue to supply biosafety supplies so that our patients can be transferred safely to receive free and quality dental treatment. We do not want to put our dental staff or the other patients we treat at risk! Past closure of the clinic due to Covid 19 increased tooth extractions, dental caries, and dental pain for our children and adult patients. Please help us to fight this ongoing battle by supporting the purchase of biosecurity supplies.


Gratefully,

 

Sandy Kemper RDH BS

Founder of the 

Smiles Forever Foundation

Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Delivery
Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Delivery
Care Packages Program, Madre de Dios Delivery
Care Packages Program, Madre de Dios Delivery
Care Packages Program, Talita Cumi Delivery
Care Packages Program, Talita Cumi Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza #2 Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza #2 Delivery
Dec 21, 2020

A Christmas Miracle: Bolivian Dental Care Still

Santa brings gifts for deserving Bolivian children
Santa brings gifts for deserving Bolivian children

Smiles Forever, Year-end Report  

Dear Donors,
This year has been quite unique, the Covid-19 pandemic that hit the whole world, the rigid quarantine that Bolivia experienced for more than 5 months where we could not open our doors to serve our beneficiaries. The fact that when we returned is truly a miracle.  We had many limitations such as the lack of supplies, restrictions on working hours and days, the very fact that dental services were classified as one of the highest risk of exposure to the virus, plus the general fear of patients and general population to go out and expose themselves.

But in us they found an island of safety. In the previous months and knowing that we were faced with a possible rigid quarantine in which those under 18 and over 60 could not go out on the street and only one person per family could go out to supply food and first necessity supplies, we ran a large number of SDF (silver diamine fluoride) treatments. This allowed us to temporarily defer regular treatments and only focus on emergency treatments and high-risk patients. Once the quarantine was in effect, we could not open our doors and we took on the task of monitoring our patients via digital means. We met with the staff constantly via zoom to define future care policies once the restrictions were reduced, and so it was when we returned we had to adapt to the new normal and although the biosecurity standards were not something new to our daily work.  We had to go through stages of understanding what Covid-19 really is, how to protect ourselves and the fact that we needed to educate our patients.


We entered a stage that went from the provision of supplies, so that they could safely attend our dependencies as well as explain and educate and seek a way where they can apply this education in their centers and shelters. The task was and will be hard and we did not back down even under the risk of exposure and contagion ... we still take all the mandatory measures by the health authorities and modify your biosecurity protocols to take even more extreme measures such as the forced use of PPE suits, double face masks, double latex gloves, face shields, changing these between each patient and the use of disinfectant chemicals and disinfecting common and dental areas between patients while maintaining social distancing. While the risk of contagion is high, we had to work closely with patients who were covid-19 positive, being asymptomatic or with mild to severe symptoms. We did not deny them care or services, because if before we did not do so with some being HIV positive or others now less than ever.

Our city was hit hard by the pandemic, to the point that hospitals did not have space in intensive care units to receive more patients. There were people who died of Covid-19 in their own homes and the bodies were left in the streets because not even the Funeral services were provided with enough speed due the demand. It was basically impossible to purchase biosafety supplies and if you achieved this, the costs reached over 300%, Some of the centers and shelters that are our beneficiaries suffered a lot…… either from direct infections to the lack of biosecurity supplies and in some cases even the abandonment of the health authorities, but these hard and difficult times are being left behind …… Although the restriction and sanitation measures have been reduced, we did not leave any aside and we continue working under high biosecurity standards.

With hard work and sacrifice of overtime and longer shifts, our services have started to increase and we are treating a larger volume of patients than 3 months ago.  Unfortunately, the cost of biosecurity prevention is high and many times we were very challenged monetarily.  It is the support and commitment of each one of you donors, and those who identify with our labor of love and wanting to help those children in risk, that allows us to get things done on a daily basis.


On these dates of hope and love we want to extend our greatest gratitude and appreciation to all of you who supported us during and after this difficult period of time. Our hearts and those of our children are with you, for it is you who allow us to do something more out of the ordinary with our children such as Christmas activities where they receive a gift from us and we share a moment and message of hope, solidarity and love for and with them and through us we express your love for them.

Happy Holidays, Blessings and a better tomorrow to all who make up this beautiful and unique family that is Smiles Forever, both donors, founding members and staff.

A hug of hope and love to the ones that really need one…….from Santa to all of our children

U.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year, even if you don't itemize.  The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charities worldwide.

UU.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year, even if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charities.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year, even if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charities

U.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year,ven if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charities

U.S. donors, because U.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year, even if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charitieof the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a tax deduction next year, even if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit charities

U.S. donors, because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act passed last spring by Congress, you may make up to a $300 cash donation to your favorite non-profit, and claim as a x deduction next year, even if you don't itemize. The IRS is encouraging citizens to utilize this special provision to benefit chariti

Smiles shared bring holiday cheer
Smiles shared bring holiday cheer
Shelter children excited over Christmas gifts
Shelter children excited over Christmas gifts
Chapare school child with his first toothbrush
Chapare school child with his first toothbrush
Smiles Forever Santa brings care packages
Smiles Forever Santa brings care packages
close-up of smile before and after
close-up of smile before and after
Santa spreading cheer to many
Santa spreading cheer to many
Santa giving Christmas hug
Santa giving Christmas hug
Kitty loves Christmas and Smiles Forever
Kitty loves Christmas and Smiles Forever
 
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