Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!

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Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!
Rural Refugio Rafael family
Rural Refugio Rafael family

Smiles Forever is answering Refugio Rafael's urgent plea for dental services, and your generous donations can help!

Traditionally, miners and migrant indigenous peoples of Bolivia's highlands, have been either forgotten or overlooked when it comes to receiving dental care. Often uprooted families are lacking shelter, a school, and even food.  Sometimes the mother is left alone with her children.  A wonderful organization, Refugio Rafael, also vetted by GlobalGiving, is closing the gap for these hill people.  They can live in a safe community, grow some of their own food, and the children can attend school.

These social services are returning as the grip the Covid pandemic has had on Bolivia lessens.  Smiles Forever is located in Cochabamba, a city in a fertile valley within a couple of hours of Refugio Rafael.

This is a special report from Smiles Forever to you and other supporters on behalf of their Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children! project on GlobalGiving.

Provide Dental Care for 44,000 Bolivian Children!

 

The Smiles Forever dental clinic in Cochabamba, Bolivia is answering the plea to bring preventative and urgent dental care to children served by Refugio Rafael.  Andean Highlands families, some with only a  mother, have come to the shelter located approximately an hour and a half from our clinic.  Currently, our two GlobalGiving groups are beginning a dental evaluation for elementary and older youth.

Already children are being identified for SDF treatments, which is a way to stop the spread of cavities.  Other older children have been found to need specialist dental care for root canals or crowns.

This is an ideal new partnership because of the proximity, and it is really wonderful that both Smiles Forever and Refugio Rafael  have strong leadership and stable finances to give this promise of longterm success.

Thank you for helping.  Your gifts inspire us to expand dental care, in areas totally lacking in this critical aspect of overall health treatments.

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Sandy Kemper (center) World of Children Award
Sandy Kemper (center) World of Children Award
As Smiles Forever Prepares for 2022, we pause to recognize the partnership with you--this joint effort has made it possible to treat 47,000 Indigenous Bolivians over 21 Years!
The World of Children 2018 Awards Ceremony & Benefit was an incredible night! On Thursday, November 1, 2019 in New York City, Sandy Kemper and five others were honored for dedicating their lives to changing the future for vulnerable children.
History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. -Nelson Mandela
Beginning in 2000,  Smiles Forever has served needy adults and children with free oral hygiene services, plus training indigenous women in the dental hygiene profession. We currently partner with 42 nonprofit organizations including orphanages, burn centers and shelters.

We've been recognized internationally for our work, including in 2016 receiving the Sunstar Foundation's World Dental Hygienist - Project Award.

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Our staff and volunteers change lives every day with their work in Bolivia. Our partners and others make this possible through invaluable help.

Looking to make a big impact with the only organization of its kind in South America?

Thank you to the foundations below that have supported Smiles Forever programs over the years.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you that participated in some way in the activities of the Smiles Forever Foundation this 2021. Whether you are an active part of our various programs or share with us in the collection and donation of funds, we could not do what we do without you.
The assistance and funds you provide are essential to continue the crucial dental treatments we provided to over 1,800 impoverished children and adults last year and over 47,000 in the last 21 years of the foundation in Cochabamba, Bolivia. We hope that 2022 will be a better year for everyone, because although the pandemic is still a factor that hinders our regular operations, we have done everything humanly possible to work under a form of normality and continue to be that beacon of hope for those children at risk and who represent the most vulnerable sector of the population.
Looking forward to the new year in 2022, we will continue our scientific research project with Sliver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) amongst school-age children and venture further to prove that SDF actually can prevent caries in partnership with Universidad Privada Abierta Latino Americana (UPAL) and NoDK represented by Dr. Steven Duffin (a pioneer in the use of SDF). 
New shelters, homes and centers will be added to the 42 that we already serve as the need continues to grow and accelerate due to this pandemic. In December 2021, we are holding meetings with several organizations that will join our already long list of beneficiaries. 
Our projections include the goal of increasing the number of high-quality dental treatments free of charge by 30% in 2022. We will also strive to spread our successful SDF program to other schools in Cochabamba as a different approach to dentistry and preventative methods. 
We want to thank you, your family and all your loved ones for being part of this great dream. Smiles Forever could not accomplish all that it has thus far, and strive to exceed those goals in the future, without your constant support. If you have not donated this year please consider donating at this time.
May many blessings fill your home and reach everyone around you.
Merry Christmas and Happy 2022!
Wishing you all the best,
Sandy Kemper, RDH Director of Smiles Forever
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During this pandemic, the Cochabamba - Bolivia population (headquarters of our projects and offices), has been seriously affected at all levels, both health and financial. Since our mission is: "Improve the quality of life of impoverished children through free preventive and restorative dentistry", we are empathetic with our grantees for the harsh situation that we are all going through.

It is for this reason that we had to turn the screw and think, adapt and generate a new approach to how to make dental treatments effective in favor of the most unprotected.

The risk is still high with a vaccinated population that barely exceeds 30% in the country.  We cannot take things lightly.  In the same way, we must fight to continue providing volumes of dental treatments as in the pre-pandemic stage.

Although the situations are different, the needs are the same.  Children are at risk with pain and dental needs that range from the very urgent (high-risk abscesses) to basic fluoridations.

Furthermore, we have to consider that our team assumes very great risks when treating patients with equipment that is based on air and water spray. These factors put at risk not only the health of our team, but can also be a carrier agent for other patients, their families and anyone else. Therefore, we proceed to prioritize treatments that do not necessarily require spray-based equipment for their operation.

Our approach is based on the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride (S.D.F.) to stop the progression of dental cavities and after compliance with strict dental protocols, we proceed with a Glass Ionomer Composite (G.I.C.) filling. This allows a filling without cutting the tooth in order to complete a treatment of minimal exposure to the contagion of Covid – 19, both for the patient and for our valuable and committed members of our team.

The results are of optimal quality and are effective in terms of time and cost, allowing us to compensate chair times with those now used for extreme disinfection of environments and chairs between patients.

Your support is very important so that we can achieve our goals .... Thank you in advance to all who make up this great family that is Smiles Forever.

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Care Packages Table at Cochabamba shelter
Care Packages Table at Cochabamba shelter
DONORS AND SUPPORTERS SMILES FOREVER UPDATE - REPORT
Three New Shelters Served, including for victims of abuse, and a rural boys shelter
 
Thanks to our supporters currently we are able to increase the inclusion of new shelters, homes, centers to our beneficiary and partner organization family as Centro la Providencia a shelter for girls victims of abuse, Rosa de Saron a shelters for girls and Arca de Rescate, a shelter for boys in the country side of Cochabamba.
 
During our Care packages Program (a program designed to provide lifesaving biosafety supplies to our partner and beneficiary organizations so they can adequately protect themselves) we were capable to include new organizations, that desperately needed support in the dental field since this pandemic has hit them hard financially, and been able to safely mobilize the children to our facilities reducing the exposure to Covid – 19.  
The Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), program continues as our Safest treatment option
 
The Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), program continues, for now, completely positioned in the Smiles Forever Community Service Dental Clinic, documented and recorded as code, regulations and intern protocols requires and demonstrating that during this pandemic times is one of our most effective tools to treat patients by reducing the risk of exposure for both patients and members of our dental team.
 
Although our biosafety protocols exceed the official requirements to attend patients, we must consider that most of the power operated dental equipment is based on an air and water spray system, making dental services one of the health operators with greater risk of contagion of Covid - 19. And being the SDF a treatment that does not require the use of equipment based on spray operation systems, allows us to carry out more treatments at present and in the future we will concentrate on the aesthetic part of the patients, always focused on prevention and thus avoiding future life-threatening infections and dental pain in children.
Dental Emergency & Urgent Care Mandated for Covid-19 Safety for patients & staff
Likewise, the Dental Society of Cochabamba published the instruction that dental services in all the clinics and dental offices in the state of Cochabamba must be reduced to only provide care for patients considered as a dental emergency or of extreme urgency, and that any other treatment should be postponed until the health authorities determine so.
 
Sadly, in May 2021 we were affected directly by Covid - 19  as two members of our team tested positive, a Dental Hygienist and our administrative assistant, both then quarantined at home and received the corresponding medication. Thank God they were able to improve without the need for hospitalization in a medical unit. After laboratory analysis, nobody else on the team nor the patients they were in contact with tested positive; we closed the clinic for 2 days and fumigated the entire facility. This situation coincided with the highest peak of infections, hospitalizations and diseases in Cochabamba, Bolivia since the start of the pandemic in 2020. At present they are back and rejoining the team and their work. All staff celebrates their return to our activities that did not stop even during the most complicated scenario.
 
We would like to encourage our donors and supporters to participate in the GLOBAL GIVING July 14th BONUS CAMPAIGN. Gifts from $100 to $1,000 receive matches on a sliding scale up to 50%.  
$400,000 dollars will be given out in this one-day opportunity to make your dollars go farther.  You're encouraged to give early in the day, beginning at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Your donation will allow us to keep providing free quality dental care to our beneficiaries.
 
Thanks for your support during this dark and difficult pandemic times.
 
Sandy Kemper RDH, BS
Founder
Smiles Forever Foundation
 
Care Packages for Villa Esperanza
Care Packages for Villa Esperanza
Smiles Forever brings care gifts to Solomon home
Smiles Forever brings care gifts to Solomon home
Smiles Forever dentist uses special SDF treatment
Smiles Forever dentist uses special SDF treatment
Our dentist gives tooth saving treatment
Our dentist gives tooth saving treatment
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Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Entrance
Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Entrance

Dear Donors, Friends, Supporters,


Smiles Forever Program and operations are located in Cochabamba, Bolivia, with a population of 1.2 million of habitants. We only have one level 3 hospital and 3 units of intensive care with less than 70 beds equipped to face the pandemic. So basically the situation remains critical. The vaccines supplied by the state are insufficient and poorly scheduled. To receive a vaccine you have to wait a minimum of 6 hours in line and probably will not receive it. According to experts, at this rate, the Bolivian population will not be completely vaccinated till the end of 2023.  We are concerned about the new strains of Covid - 19, which have mutated. Unfortunately these new strains go hand in hand with the second and third waves of Covid - 19 that are proving to be more lethal and are now affecting children under the age of 14.


So the best option for the population is still following all the biosecurity protocols based upon disinfection, hand washing and the usage of facemasks.  Which represents an economic challenge for our beneficiaries since it is very difficult for them to comply with all these protocols due to the high cost of biosafety supplies. And at the same time this means that minor patients cannot be transferred to our dental facilities without all the biosecurity measures.

 

Therefore, to the best of our ability we continue to supply biosafety supplies so that our patients can be transferred safely to receive free and quality dental treatment. We do not want to put our dental staff or the other patients we treat at risk! Past closure of the clinic due to Covid 19 increased tooth extractions, dental caries, and dental pain for our children and adult patients. Please help us to fight this ongoing battle by supporting the purchase of biosecurity supplies.


Gratefully,

 

Sandy Kemper RDH BS

Founder of the 

Smiles Forever Foundation

Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Delivery
Care Packages Program, Salomon Klein Delivery
Care Packages Program, Madre de Dios Delivery
Care Packages Program, Madre de Dios Delivery
Care Packages Program, Talita Cumi Delivery
Care Packages Program, Talita Cumi Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza #2 Delivery
Care Packages Program, Villa Esperanza #2 Delivery
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