Morachata's Mobile Clinic with boy in wild socks
Dental Hygienist Students Bead Thank-you Gifts for Soroptimists
Our grateful dental hygiene students showed their creative and craft skills by beading gifts for the Soroptimist ladies of Washington State. Several students made colorful ties and sent them back with me to present as gifts. The women were overjoyed to receive these thoughtful gifts, and this Soroptimist organization of Washington State, and the one in Bolivia plan to keep helping these deserving students.
Annual Smiles Forever Auction Featured U.S. Volunteers
Both Tracy Wayman, DDS and Deborah Mcglynn-Chiu, RHD spoke to a receptive audience at our annual auction about the dental school where they had volunteered last February. Their personal stories and pictures they shared inspired everyone at the fundraising event. Deborah Mcglynn-Chiu's instructional manual has been an immense help to the program. Dr. Wayman was happy to share his excitement about the program, and he also was delighted to be reunited with my rambunctious 6-year-old son, Andre.
About my Children Andre & Giselle
My Bolivian husband Freddy and I discovered Andre when he was just two in an orphanage. Now his life is filled with fun and people, including both sets of loving grandparents, and now his soon-to-be sister Giselle, also from an orphanage. Both our darling children have benefited from modern science: reconstructive facial surgeries, and in Giselle's case a special hearing aid.
Festive Guitar Music from Sin Fronteras
The acoustical guitar music at our event I thought was not only beautiful, but rang true. The musical group was called Sin Fronteras, "Without Frontiers." Truly our world can work together, without borders or frontiers. Our school for indigenious Bolivian women is a testament to generosity and brotherhood.
Our Communication Promise: More Visuals!
A film was specially put together featuring still photos and an interview with a graduate of our school. Her life has been dramatically changed. We have three students now headed off to continue their studies and become dentists. Those of us dedicated to working at the Bolivian school, are going to try and share more photos with you online, so that you'll feel closer to the community you help.
Thankful at Thanksgiving Season
The Smiles Forever staff in the U.S., and all our staff in Bolivia, are thankful for our safety, and for the chance to change lives for the better. In October Alexis Nadine and Britt Lake from Global Giving came to Washington State and gave an all-day workshop on the Microsoft campus. Not only were the box lunches a hit, but also these women and their message of world-wide caring were a big hit. Alexis and Britt shared a very cute video of life back home in the Washington, D.C. office, a place which was closed recently for Hurricane Sandy's landfall. Alexis and Britt started us thinking about ideas to generate holiday giving and to involve more of you through your friends. Everyone's connections are important, so thank you for spreading the word.
Twelve-year Tribute: "It was YOU!"
The theme of the 12th Annual Smiles Forever fundraiser, "It was YOU!" comes from a song my children sing on their way to school. It is a heartfelt way of expressing, that "It Was YOU," who helped us launch and sustain this unique dental hygiene school--one-of-a-kind in all South America. To carry that idea further, "It IS YOU!" who keeps the doors open, changing so many lives by helping 7,000 yearly.
Thank you everyone,
Colorful "Mouth Map" Made by Bolivian Students