Project #7925

Help Dental Hygiene Students Make Bolivia Smile!

by Smiles Forever

We're excited to introduce our first micro-project which will directly help with Lucy's schooling.  Visit Project #15212 and meet Lucy Mariela Cachi Lopez first hand, finding out how grateful she is to have the opportunity of dental hygiene schooling.  View our short video slideshow giving an overview of Lucy's schooling program and the many other ways she helps.  Lucy assists in giving dental care to children facing chemotherapy, to children recovering from severe burns, and also helps by giving dental care to children of incarcerated parents.  Your holiday season gift even provides Lucy bus fare, and helps defray some of the costs of running the school itself.

Internationally-traveled Journalist Praises Our Bolivian Project  Penny LeGate, a journalist who has traveled the world, served as Smiles Forever's Master of Ceremonies at our 13th Annual Bolivian-Benefit Auction.

Penny described what a wonderful experience she has had seeing the Bolivian hygienist school start from the grassroots and continue to develop into an amazing opportunity for indigenous women.  Penny praised our Bolivian project which continues to serve so many indigenous people and to help women make a difference in a misogynistic society.

Girls, housed in orphanages until they are eighteen, usually are abruptly sent packing with no homes or family to help them.  Smiles Forever's organization stops this inhumane practice by helping the lucky few.

Our dental hygienist school reaches out to young women such as these, homeless through no fault of their own, to offer them shelter, an education, a growing sense of self-worth through counseling, and also through the service to their community. 

Smiles Forever Charity Foundation thanks you for keeping the doors to their school and their future open!

Roberto happy to learn about his teeth.
Roberto happy to learn about his teeth.
Mosoj Punchay (Children Burn Center)--- The children living in this center have come from the VIDEMA PUBLIC Hospital Burn Unit. This hospital services many children from the surrounding rural communities as well as the city of Cochabamba. The severity of the burns of these children is always unbelievable to me. The newest admitted from a poorly installed natural gas tank in a car. And as always from children handling explosives.

The Mosoj Punchay center is dedicated to the rehab of the children that have been severely burned. After surgery the children can live there while receiving further surgeries and physical therapy. Parents can visit during the week. Smiles Forever Clinic has awarded Roberto (fictional name) Patient of the Year and provided him needed dental treatment. He is recovering from 45% of his body being burned. Roberto is always the first to jump in the chair for dental treatment. All of his fillings are complete (14) but most importantly his dental hygiene improved to 100%. Congratulations Roberto!!! He still loves to come and visit and support the other dental patients.

Hogar Zapatito Boys Shelter--- With the opening of our new clinic, dental services for the boys from Hogar Zapatito will now be increased to include afternoon appointments. We are continuing to complete restorative treatment to this group who has suffered so much from living on the streets of rural Vinto. Many had never seen a dentist before but were able to overcome their fears with caring hands and hearts.

Roberto was burned on 45% of his body
Roberto was burned on 45% of his body
Portable dental equipment set up at Center
Portable dental equipment set up at Center
Smiles Forever Training Center
Smiles Forever Training Center

The last class has only 6 months left until graduation.  With the addition of the new community service clinic students will be able to give more support back to their communities with prevention and dental hygiene services.

Performing life.- In 2013 Smiles Forever with Performing Life are planning to provide extended dental services in a near by town, Quillacollo. Performing Life has created a new facility in Quillacollo where many of the children live. These are street children who without the help of Performing Life would not complete high school education. The program also assists the whole family to create new small business to support themselves.

Niño’s con valor.- The majority of the dental restorative treatment was completed on the children.  We are focusing efforts on maintaining their oral health through prevention. It is our commitment to help keep this group affected by HIV, close to a perfect total body health state while continuing to provide care to the new beneficiaries of Niño’s Con Valor.

Student Success
Student Success


Patient at Casita de la Amistad
Patient at Casita de la Amistad

Smiles Forever is proud to announce that we are providing full dental care services (cleanings and restorative) to the program, Casa de Amistad. One hundred and twenty children are in this program from the ages of 5 to 18. These children live with their parents (mothers) that are currently incarcerated in the San Sebastian Jail for Women. Most of these women are in jail for drug trafficking and or not being able to pay for a proper representation in court.

The children arrive at Casa Amistad in the morning for breakfast and then attend public school. There is set study time with help from volunteers, lunch, dinner, and then they return at 5:30 sharp to the jail for the evening. Casa Amistad has been providing these services for the last 16 years. They have a 90 % success rate. That is 90% have a good life and do not become part of the jail system. Thirty percent continue on to university level or vocational training.

Smiles Forever is supporting a preventive tooth-brushing program at Casa de Amistad. Each childin the center recieves new toothbrush and homecare instructions. Casa de Amistad provides a time and place for them to brush.  Students are preparing a workshop to give the volunteers at Casa Amistad in preventative dental care and nutrition.  We are already receiving great feedback from the kids about how much they like to brush and cleaner mouths!

Dr.Paola Quinteros volunteers with Smiles Forever
Dr.Paola Quinteros volunteers with Smiles Forever


New Community Service Clinic
New Community Service Clinic

Dear supporters, we are excited to send to you updates from already existing projects and the new additions for this year.

Our new community service clinic is near completion. Technicians are working late hours to accomplish this quickly. This new clinic will allow Smiles Forever to increase clinical hours (up to a minimum of 15 hours per week), thus providing quality dental care to more of the underserved population. And adding more clinical time for students as they continue to provide preventative dentistry.

We look forward to visiting with our supporters at Emerald Downs in Seattle on May 4, 2013 for our "Racing on the Rail" Event. Guest will enjoy an exclusive Trackside Tent, located on the south of the track, just past the finish line. Registration includes admission, official program and tip sheet, reserved seating and betting window with handicapper to help you win. Guest will enjoy private buffet, no host bar and watching of the 139th Running of the Kentucy Derby on private screens. Join us for the fun!

Building Community Service Clinic
Building Community Service Clinic
Providing dental service for children in need
Providing dental service for children in need



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Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sandy Kemper
Renton, WA United States
$77,153 raised of $99,000 goal
441 donations
$21,847 to go
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