Jan 6, 2020

2020 Brings New Horizons for Bolivian Dental Care

Merry Christmas at hospital  with Smiles Forever
Merry Christmas at hospital with Smiles Forever

Thanks for Two Decades of Memories as Smiles Forever giving dental care to thousands in Bolivia.

Welcome to the new decade 2020, as Smiles Forever transitions our at-cost clinic into more of a partnership of training for the career of dental hygienist with UPAL, a privately run technical university.  The future will bring an opportunity to provide scholarships to indigenous women, like those we have helped in the past.

2020 will be an exciting year, and look for us to expand the reach of our clinic into some other under-served rural areas.  Bolivia is the land of "Sugar, Sugar Everywhere," where children are brought up drinking sugary beverages in part because of the lack of safe drinking water.  In Bolivia, chocolate is a favorite treat, and there are so many other native traditional sugary selections.  Children's tooth decay can be rampant.  We now have the SDF product to treat teeth that halts the spread of tooth decay.  Smiles Forever has been fortunate to spearhead the research on this product, and the results confirm the early promise that this treatment is effective.

2020 will find Smiles Forever, still backed by some funding from World of Children, educating school children about good dental habits.  Our Tooth Fairies, an organization based in the United States, supplies the program with toothbrushes. We do twice yearly screenings and provide emergency dental care as necessary.  Providing dental care alleviates much suffering.

2020 will launch a decade where Smiles Forever can reach 50,000 children and needy adults like the blind group we serve.  You can still be a part of this effort by supporting our active project Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children.

Many of you have supported Smiles Forever for twenty years, from when we began serving the indigenous Bolivians in 2000. We say thank you to you all.

Now you can join us with upgraded and expansion efforts for the next decade.  As our plans unfold, you'll be hearing from us with further details.

Sandy with her Tooth Fairy Wings
Sandy with her Tooth Fairy Wings
Many Thanks from Smiles Forever to You
Many Thanks from Smiles Forever to You
Dec 3, 2019

PURSUING OUR GOALS AMID BOLIVIAN UNREST

Bolivian Children
Bolivian Children

Pursuing our goals with the safety of our Smiles Forever clinic family & clients paramount

During the last weeks, Bolivia, the country that hosts our operational programs known to you as (the Smiles Forever community dental clinic, the silver diamine fluoride application program (SDF) and others), have been in peril.  This is because the country of Bolivia, unfortunately, has been experiencing protests of all kinds after presidential elections were declared invalid by international organizations. This in turn led to the resignation of the president, vice president and other members of his cabinet.

The levels of violence and insecurity caused by those who were in favor and those who were against, did not allow us to provide our services with the continuity that always characterized us. To ensure the safety of children and our own work team, we have temporarily suspended most activities, except attending to emergencies.

Smiles Forever is not an organization with any type of political or religious affiliation. We stay out of any situation, opinion or activity of that kind, always keeping the margin of respect for those who are actors or activists in those fields.

Our goal is and will always be helping children, and to be able to provide quality dental care free to those who need it.  That stated, many factors have kept us away from daily work for a few weeks. We will hopefully soon resume our activities with the highest of commitments towards them, and little by little we are already re-routing our calendar in order to reach all our beneficiaries.

Smiles Forever Welcomes CUBE, Breeze of Hope Center as a Beneficiary of Dental Services 

Likewise, even among all the problems that surround us, a new organization joins the already 42 beneficiary organizations of the Smiles Forever Foundation.   CUBE (Centro Una Briza de Esperanza / a breeze of hope center), which is focused on providing legal, psychological and social assistance to minors victims of sexual and physical abuse is a very worthy group we will be honored to help.

During the time that remains in this year 2019, we want to sincerely thank all our volunteers, supporters, donors and anyone who has and pursues the same dreams as us ... dreams of equality, education and health for those children who do not have that privilege, Smiles Forever will continue to fulfill that dream for as long as necessary.

Peace, love and equality for all Bolivians

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As you have read, our commitment will be for serving the now 43 beneficiary organizations Smiles Forever brings much needed dental care.  Please help us look forward and plan for a brighter year in 2020, as we re-open our clinic and continue with the SDF research.  Thank you everyone for believing that we can all make a difference, even in a challenging 3rd World Country. 

after treatment patient
after treatment patient
pano 2
pano 2
Alejandro (S F DIrector) Veronica (CUBE Director)
Alejandro (S F DIrector) Veronica (CUBE Director)
Oct 10, 2019

LET'S CELEBRATE THEM

Jovana Medina, Silvana Frias, Giovanna Dorado
Jovana Medina, Silvana Frias, Giovanna Dorado

It is common to talk about the work we do in favor of the most needy and those who are at risk, it is common to tell the stories of our patients and their problems, it is common to talk about the lack of prevention in relation to oral health ………… ..what it is not common is to mention and less common is to celebrate those who face the daily challenges of attending to patients and dealing with the different oral health problems of the Smiles Forever Foundation beneficiaries, from a simple Caries up to a complicated third molar surgery or a long root canal treatment, complemented by the services of our Dental Hygienists that provide coverage in services such as dental cleaning’s, education in prevention and periodontal treatments.

Through all these years our dental team has cemented not only their work in favor of children, but also in a certain way they have become a beacon of light of each of their patients giving them humane treatment, affection and being empathic with each of them, knowing how to treat children with HIV, Cancer, blindness, physical and sexual violence as well as abandonment and others. Patients who, if not attended by our team, would probably not be treated by anyone because of the high risk that these patients represent.

On October 3, the day of the dentist and its auxiliary services was celebrated in Bolivia, it is in this way that we want to pay tribute to those who carry out this commendable work in favor of the children  and beneficiaries of the Smiles Forever Foundation, and is because this exceptional and professional team that we are able to do what we do 19 years ago.

Our team is composed of:

• Paola Quinteros DDS, part of Smiles Forever since 2013

• Dr. Silvana Frias DDS, part of Smiles Forever since 2019

• Nayda Apata DDS, RDH, part of Smiles forever since 2014

• Jovana Medina RDH, part of Smiles forever since 2007

• Giovana Dorado rdh, part of Smiles forever since 2011

• Adela Maldonado rdh, part of Smiles forever since 2014

And who at one time or another formed part of our team

• Paola Escobar, dds

• Vani Salazar, dds

• Patricia Ricci, dds

• Verónica Guzman, dds

• Heidi Ibarra, dds

To our team that is for whom we can realize our dreams and turn our projects in a tangent reality…………………… in your day....congratulations and thank you for the love invested in the Smiles Forever Foundation

Nayda and Adela
Nayda and Adela
Paola Quinteros
Paola Quinteros
Paola Quinetros, Adela Maldonado, Nayda Apata
Paola Quinetros, Adela Maldonado, Nayda Apata
Jovana Medina
Jovana Medina
 
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