Project #7925

Help Dental Hygiene Students Make Bolivia Smile!

by Smiles Forever
May 8, 2013

Nuestra Casa & the Oral Hygiene Training Program

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



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Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sandy Kemper
Renton, WA United States
$80,135 raised of $99,000 goal
451 donations
$18,865 to go
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