Dec 26, 2018

We Believe

Our director Alejandro enjoying his Santa role
Our director Alejandro enjoying his Santa role

We believe in Santa Claus who brings joy to children worldwide--

      We believe in bringing dental care to indigenous Bolivians--

             We believe our donors make a huge difference--                    better world for us all!

Santa Claus and our Smiles Forever elves have made their annual visit to the burned children center.  What a delight it was for our team to share our time and even some of our year's bonus with these brave children.  Did you know that in Bolivia Santa sometimes wears his glasses?  ...all the better to see the smiles of the children!

We also have "Santa" Sam Robison, our Founder Sandy's father.  Santa Sam has been influential in helping and encouraging Wilson.  Wilson suffered electrical burns and lost his arms.  Santa Sam gave Wilson a specially adapted computer.  Smiles Forever worked many long months qualifying Wilson who needed a U.S. hospital and documents for a passport.  One stumbling block was that Wilson could not provide fingerprints. Now Wilson has one prosthetic arm and will receive the other thanks to the Shriners hospital and special Smiles Forever sponsors like Santa Sam.

My husband Joe and I joined Sam & Sandy & adopted Bolivian children Andre and Gisele for Thanksgiving.  Sam had invited his new friend from Cameroon, too.  It is people like Sam who make the world a better place with his empathy for everyone.  Sam remembers his upbringing as one of 9 children, with just one a sister.  Being the 3rd youngest, he knows all gifts are precious.  He loves a home ringing with Holiday cheer and happy voices.

Santa Sam has invited the Smiles Forever board and friends to his mountain chalet for snow-filled activities and the comfort of a warm hearth.  It will be just like a Santa's workshop setting for this planning retreat scheduled in January to welcome 2019 and to lay out the coming year's projects.  

In my home, as I bring 2018 to an end by writing yet another Global Giving update, I am helped with typing by Santa Lucia--our 6-month old calico shelter kitten who is fascinated by the computer keyboard and flying fingers.  Santa Lucia was known for, as her name suggests, bringing light at a dark time of year.

Santa Claus, "Santa" Sam, & Santa Lucia holiday are traditions which endure to bring out our personal strengths of generosity and caring for family and our larger circle of friends.

For our Seattle area Smiles Forever donors, please think way ahead to November 4th when our fundraising event will be Taste of Tuscany.

From Sandy Kemper, myself, and the entire Smiles Forever family, wishing you the best of the holiday season and health & happiness for the new year!

Brave little child in wheelchair with his friends
Brave little child in wheelchair with his friends
Darling child enjoying Christmas party
Darling child enjoying Christmas party
Santa emphasizing a point
Santa emphasizing a point
Santa Sam with Wilson
Santa Sam with Wilson
Grandpa Sam with Andre
Grandpa Sam with Andre
Grandpa Sam with "Gi"
Grandpa Sam with "Gi"
Santa Lucia at shelter hoping to be adopted
Santa Lucia at shelter hoping to be adopted
Dec 5, 2018

Holiday Cheer Coming to Brave Bolivian Children

Smiles Forever Continues the Tradition of a Holiday Party for Burned Children

Smiles Forever Foundation staff have been working with Mosoj Punchay Foundation (burned kids in rehabilitation and recently
out of the hospital), for 8 years now and doing the Christmas party
at the hospital for the last 4.
We cannot work directly with the hospital due to the medical
circunstances, but we established the toothbrusing program and work with
the kids once they leave the hospital.
The year Sandy's father gave Wilson a laptop to help him communicate after he lost his arms from an electrical burn.
Traditional Holiday Party with Santa 
Doing the Cristmas party comes from our hearts. Since all these kids
have a special place in our hearts, all the staff collaborates. 
This year we voted that instead of using our Smiles Forever provided funds for
our Christmas activity or dinner, we instead will use those funds to buy toys
for the kids in the hospital. As usual, I will dress as Santa.  This is a roll I look forward to and it gives me much satisfaction to spread joy. I am so proud of our generous staff who  will donate some of their Christmas bonuses to purchase meals
for the kids.
This year is going to be a different one since it is the first one without
Martita doing most of the shopping and preparing natural juices for 
the kids ........we all miss such a special lady who passed away.  She had been with Smiles Forever from the beginning as a housemother and is not forgotten.  Martita personified the spirit of giving.
Preparations Continue with Smiles Forever Staff donating bonuses for meals & toys
The actual party for the recovering burned children who need encouragement and acitivities  will be on December 15th. Remember we are in the southern hemisphere, so now it is our warmer season. Allow me to share photos from prior years with these brave a precious children.  
Happy Holidays to all our wonderful donors from myself and the staff here in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Sharing the Joy of the Giving Season,
Sincerely,
Alejandro, devoted Smiles Forever Clinic Director
Here I am pictured out of my Santa outfit last year/ and on an outing with my young family.
Note from Smiles Forever Founder Sandy Kemper
Personally, I add how lucky our organization has been to have Alejandro come to us at the beginning and mature with us as our vision for helping bring dental care to Bolivia developed.  Alejandro brings so many talents to us and I have seen myself how he instills hope and promise to those around him.  I might add he is a wonderful jolly Santa!
Alejandro and I have already been planning how we can bring Smiles Forever into 2019, getting a head start on plans to enhance the clinic practices and outreach.  We like new ideas, so if you, our treasured donors, have an idea to broaden our social media status and strengthen our "brand," please share.  We will be listening.  It took all of us to bring us to the level of World of Children prize winners for health in 2018.  Feel free to see pictures and more about our story on the World of Children site.
Heartfelt thanks, Sandy
Wilson at Smiles Forever office
 
Oct 8, 2018

World of Children Honors Smiles Forever

The most exciting news this fall is that Smiles Forever has been selected by World of Children for Honors.  Some compare this recognition as equivalent to winning a Nobel Prize for children.  For our treasured supporters, there are two events to celebrate this wonderful prize.  The official World of Children Ceremony in New York on November 1st, or join us in Seattle for Noche del Gaucho held at the Queen City Yacht Club on Saturday evening October 20th.


INTRODUCING SANDY KEMPER
2018 World of Children 
Health Award Honoree


In 1999, Dental Hygienist Sandy Kemper traveled to Bolivia on a humanitarian trip to help staff a dental clinic for homeless children. It was a trip that changed her life.

Nearly 20 years later, she's still traveling to Bolivia, and her mission is bigger than ever.

Sandy founded Smiles Forever in Cochabamba, Bolivia with one thought: dental hygiene can save lives. Her program has provided free preventative and restorative dentistry and nutritional education to more than 37,000 children, greatly reducing conditions such as life-threatening abscesses, painful cavities, malnutrition, poor self-esteem and infrequent school attendance.

 

READ SANDY'S STORY

YOU CAN BE A HERO!

A donation of $50 provides a full dental treatment including an exam, cleaning, x-rays and one root canal for a child in need.


2018 AWARDS CEREMONY

Join us on November 1, 2018 in New York City to meet Sandy and celebrate her outstanding accomplishments.


ATTEND THE EVENT

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Sincere thanks as we wouldn't be where we are now without all of your help.
Sandy Kemper

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