Project #7925

Help Dental Hygiene Students Make Bolivia Smile!

by Smiles Forever
May 1, 2014

Sonja Excells: Dental School Graduate's Success

Sonja Sagari with Smiles Forever
Sonja Sagari with Smiles Forever's Sandy Kemper

Sonja's Story:  Five Years After Graduating from Smiles Forever's Dental Hygienist Bolivian School

Sonja Sagare graduated from Smiles Forever's Dental Hygienist school five years ago with honors and many good wishes bestowed.  She is a bright woman with a bright future & a bright & beautiful smile.  Since her graduation, Sonja has worked as a dental hygienist for one of the leading dental clinics in Cochabamba, with the esteemed Dr. Rocha.

Furthering Sonja's Studies:

Sonja also has been trying to study at the dental school, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Sonja Teaching Dental Hygienist Skills to Our Current Students:

Since it is challenging to work full time and attend dental school, Sonja has decided to give back to Smiles Forever by working part time in the hygiene program teaching the dental assisting skills she learned at Dr. Rocha's office.

Saving $ and Giving Back Time:

Sonja will be saving every last penny for dental school and is currently looking for a sponsor.  Sonja also is involved in the Dental Hygiene Society of Cochabamba, and spent last weekend working in the rural community of Uspha providing sealants and tooth brushing skills to over 300 school children.

Sonja's Humble Background:

Sonja came from humble beginnings.  She lost both parents at an early age, and was raised by her older sister until age seven.  Her sister, fearful she'd lose Sonja, taught her at home in the evenings.  Then Sonja lived at Madre de Dios (women's shelter) most of her teenage years before attending Smiles Forever's dental hygienist training program.

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Trees Aglow in Bolivia
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Party at Children's Burn Center in Bolivia

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Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
Website: https:/​/​
Project Leader:
Sandy Kemper
Renton, WA United States
$70,082 raised of $99,000 goal
398 donations
$28,918 to go
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