Jan 2, 2018

Brighter Smiles--Brighter World: Welcome to 2018!

Shy girl in yellow
Shy girl in yellow

Dental Care Spreads Worldwide thanks to GlobalGiving

Those of us who work diligiently at year's end to man the GlobalGiving Leaderboard and to thank our precious Gift Card donors, have noticed a wonderful trend.  Dental Care is spreading worldwide!

Nothing makes Smiles Forever happier than to know that our ground-breaking work with indigenous peoples of Bolivia has caught on.  A year ago our model for training dental hygienists and thus making dental care available to hundreds per year/ even thousands at our central clinic, won us the international SunStar award.

Word is getting out how to bring mobile dental units to shelters and orphanages.  A key example is in Armenia where these orphans are also challenged with birth defects or other handicaps.  Suffering is being stopped.  Refuges are being screened for abscesses and acute care needs in Greece.  How wonderful!

Once Smiles Forever was the only Latin American charity bringing much-needed dental education and care anywhere in South America.  Now grassroots dental health organizations are trying to win permanent status on GlobalGiving.  Organizations are trying to build a base from indigenous areas of Mexico and Nicaragua.  One dental charity is established in India to serve thousands, especially children.

In the spirit of a brighter and better world for all, let's put in key words dental health in GlobalGiving's search box.  Let's try and help them get not only get qualified, but to assist these new groups in achieving a sustaining level.  Smiles Forever is a world pioneer both as a model, and now as a key research group for decay prevention.  Let's all broaden our vision and bring brighter smiles to our neighbors for that brighter 2018 we all desire.

In case you were all overwhelmed with the heart-felt appeals of the holidays, here's a quick Smiles Forever Year in Review using the smiles of the children we help.

  Bolivian Children We'll See Again in 2018--Brighter Smiles for Brighter World  

You'll notice the 3 smiling girls with the pink rodent drinking cup is our lead picture for 2018, since we rolled over to 18 years of service and are working towards treating 40,000 Bolivians.

Check the banner on our donation page.  It will frequently read an Anonymous donor is funding New Recurring Donations to Smiles Forever's GlobalGiving projects.  Then we will receive 100% donations for amounts up to $200 with a 4-month commitment.  This is the easy way to take a minute now to set up monthly payments.  We especially invite our Smiles Forever supporters from our early days to return as faithful partners in this amazing dental charity. 
 

 Welcome 2018!  Each and Every One of You Makes Our World a Brighter Place.  Thank you!

Enthusiasm for toothbrushes
Enthusiasm for toothbrushes
Chloe from Global Giving visited
Chloe from Global Giving visited
Shirley with much-loved Wilson
Shirley with much-loved Wilson
Dec 28, 2017

Signpost ahead: Dental Care for 40,000 Bolivians

Chapare children in a tree
Chapare children in a tree

Signpost Just Up Ahead:  Smiles Forever will reach our goal of treating 40,000 Bolivians in 2018!

I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of you who has sustained Smiles Forever's ground-breaking dental work in Bolivia these past 17 years.  We can now change the headline to  'Provide Dental Care for 40,000 Bolivian Children!' Every one of your gifts helps ensure that we can go on helping our community with our upgraded dental clinic in Cochabama where we continue to give optimal care.  We are excited to add out-patient treatment centers as we visit shelters and special needs group homes and orphanages.

  Bolivian Children Sending you the Joy of the Season

New Recurring Donations to Smiles Forever's GlobalGiving projects will receive 100% donations for amounts up to $200 with a 4-month commitment.  This is the easy way to take a minute now to set up monthly payments.  We especially invite our Smiles Forever supporters from our early days to return as faithful partners in this amazing dental charity. 

      The holiday season is upon us and another successful year at Smiles Forever is coming to a close.  Our unique Sliver Diamine fluoride project for 350 children in the Chapare region is heading into its second year. Negotiations to take the Smiles Forever dental hygiene program to the University level are currently under way. The impoverished children for whom we are providing free dental care will reach over 40,000 this next year. We have contracted with over 30 other organizations of children in need. The last 17 years of commitment have made great changes in the lives of the children and young women of Bolivia.

As you are gathering with your friends and family during the holidays, please know just how much your kindness counts in giving better dental health to so many,

'Muchas Gracias'
Sandy Kemper

Chapare boy brushing outside
Chapare boy brushing outside
Chapare youngster with cute hair
Chapare youngster with cute hair
Nov 15, 2017

Smiles Forever will Earn Bonus $ on GIVING TUESDAY

Vivid colors of the Bolivian market
Vivid colors of the Bolivian market

On GIVING TUESDAY November 28th, Smiles Forever is Guaranteed to earn pro-rated bonus money all day long until 9:00 p.m. Seattle time.  Each and every donation given to our organization during this 24-hour-window will receive a percentage match from the $75,000 in incentive money.  Smiles Forever invites you to donate to your favorite project:  Provide Dental Care for 30,000 Bolivian Children & see your money go even farther in this impoverished Latin American country.  Donations should be between $10 and $1,000 per individual donor.  This GIVING TUESDAY, thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving family, will be the prime time our organization can reach a 20 person & $5,000 minimum to be eligible for monetary prizes!

Your gift will support:

1.  Giving dental care to nineteen partner organizations who help marginalized indigenous people--such as children ill with cancer or children whose parents are in jail.

2.  Providing in-clinic care to blind individuals and their families.

3.  Bringing the latest in preventative care thereby stopping the spread of cavities in young children at a tropical school.

4.  Serving the indigenous population from our new clinic in Cochabamba.

5.  Encouraging young women to build upon a career in dental work-- one of our graduated hygienists has become a dentist and has been working for Smiles Forever.

Announcing GlobalGiving Project Leader Nancy Clark Winning a Smiles Forever Gratitude Award

Our presence on GlobalGiving since 2011 has been sustained by Nancy's dedication:

She has been using her writing skills to compose and post 14 projects and 70 reports.  Nancy has been behind the scene interpreting and promoting bonus campaigns both on our original site and on the now integrated British GlobalGiving forum.  Nancy sees that each and every one of you is thanked.  She enjoys reaching out to our recurring givers with updates and expressions of gratitude and news of the joy we receive from making dental care available in Bolivia.  Nancy is the one who takes & interprets GlobalGiving webinars and who turns Terms & Conditions into a more condensed format for our newsletter team and for email campaigns.  Nancy was proud to take part in a lengthy communication seminar as a GlobalGiving experienced project leader.   She has attended two Seattle GlobalGiving meetings with other locally based organizations. The first was an all-day webinar held at the Microsoft campus to launch Youthspark.  Her husband Joe, another longtime Smiles Forever Supporter was also in attendance.  One of his biggest gifts is to encourage Nancy to do this time-consuming work which gives purpose to their lives.

Here's Nancy's description of her award presented at the Latin Night for Smiles:

"I wondered why Sandy placed Joe & me at the key table down front at our sold-out auction. I was bowled over when my name was called and Sandy presented me with a crystal engraved heart.  I have it on a crystal stand sitting on black velvet where it catches sunlight from the window.  At first I thought I could "retire" now that I had reached the pinnacle, but alas Sandy was calling me with my newest urgent GlobalGiving assignment & visa versa.

What I prize more than anything is how thankful Sandy truly is-- for what she has told me many times is how much she relies on my indispensable help.  What I have are the God-given talents which match up perfectly to fill each demanding aspect of serving Smiles Forever, thereby facilitating a bold & warm Smiles Forever profile on GlobalGiving."

 Sandy responds:

"I'm glad Nancy has had enough of basking in the glow of her accomplishments & is back at work. I would have had to find half a dozen people to replace her!"

Shirley soon to graduate
Shirley soon to graduate
Blind Julian with Two Daughters
Blind Julian with Two Daughters
Rural children with toothbrushes
Rural children with toothbrushes

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