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!
S.F. Staff ready to re-open the clinic
S.F. Staff ready to re-open the clinic

We are back …… the Bolivian government has determined to migrate from a rigid quarantine to a dynamic quarantine in which there are still restrictions of movement on the street and working hours, the use of masks is mandatory for the entire population, the risk is latent…… But in third world countries where the risk of contagion is high and health systems are deficient, it is very difficult to balance health and economy.

At present we comply with all the requirements of the health authorities to reopen our doors, although our hours of care have been reduced due to the pandemic, we must adjust ourselves to the new normality in order to continue providing our services to the most needy who patiently were waiting. Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving and its pandemic relief fund, it was possible to acquire biosecurity material that is required by the health authorities.

It is our policy to not only abide by the rules and regulations but also to educate recipients why and what dental care will be from now on.

• Educational videos on covid 19 and dental care were produced during the quarantine period and sent via social media to our beneficiaries, guardians and to all our patients in general.

• As a team we modify our existing biosafety protocols to face the reopening of the clinic.

• The use of disinfecting chemicals for shoes, the measurement of temperature, the use of antibacterial gel or handwashing and social distancing are measures before dental care.

• The delivery and signing of an informed consent on the covid-19, the use of biosafety suits, kn95 facemasks, face shields, disposable shoe covers, waterproof surgical blankets and others during the patient's time in the dental chair.

• Total disinfection of environments between patients for established periods of time on a daily basis, spraying of disinfecting chemicals between patients and disinfection of surfaces that the patient may have touched.

Our beneficiaries count on us and if …….. Our work has become somewhat more complicated but …….. We cannot stop any longer.

Once again, we thank all those who make up GlobalGiving for their support and prompt policies to face this pandemic, as their support allows us to provide more and better quality dental services to those in need.

#thanksglobalgiving    #weareback     #biosecurityontop

Biosecurity Protocols # 1
Biosecurity Protocols # 1
Biosecurity protocols #2
Biosecurity protocols #2
Biosecurity Protocols # 3
Biosecurity Protocols # 3
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Sandy Kemper, Year 2000
Sandy Kemper, Year 2000

This report is very special for Smiles Forever. This year we completed 20 years of uninterrupted work. A work that began our founder Sandra R. Kemper. (RDH), in the year two thousand, armed only with love and hope to face a challenge of an overwhelming magnitude ... ... “To be able to provide an opportunity of education and oral health for those depply in need and at risk”. Let's celebrate 20 years and over 40.000 patients with finished treatments ……

During the year 2020, our expectations and projections are aimed at achieving a steady growth that in the early years we had problems, incidents, disappointments over time, we balanced them with smiles, oral health, hugs and achievements (World Of Children Award, International Federation of Dental Hygiene Award, Heiskell Academic AWARD). Many people were part of Smiles Forever, some were fleeting visitors and others are still part of this wonderful team and we know they will continue to be part of this family.

This year new organizations and shelters will become part of the organizations that receive the benefits provided by the Smiles Forever Foundation, joining the more than 42 organizations that continue to receive support from our institution and to provide treatment to the ones that already are part of Smiles Forever on a daily basis.

It is through our strategic alliances with consolidated educational institutions such as UPAL (Universidad Privada Abierta Latinoamerican), with whom we will initiate a new program and scientific study seeking to demonstrate the use of SDF (Silver Diamine Fluride) as a caries preventive agent and not only as medical management factor. It is proposed to add more than 300 new beneficiaries to this program.

We will deepen relationships with organizations such as CUBE (A Briza de Esperanza Center) in order to identify and know how to work in situations in which patients are victims of abuse.

Increasing human training, technical through the education of our team that allows us to provide more and better services for our patients, is also a new objective.

At present we continue with more will and love than ever before. 20 years is a milestone to celebrate and the beginning of the life of our organization our work continues because of your support.

Thank you for being part of this dream!!!!!!!!

Highlight for our supporters: Next month's Little by Little Campaign where ALL donations up to $50 are matched from Mon. March 23rd to Friday March 27th.

 

Many Thanks and Much LOVE

Smiles Forever

Sandy Kemper, Year 2003
Sandy Kemper, Year 2003
IFDH Symposium, Year 2016
IFDH Symposium, Year 2016
IFDH, AWARD
IFDH, AWARD
Clinical patient
Clinical patient
Chapare patient 2
Chapare patient 2
Chapare patient 3
Chapare patient 3
Sandy Kemper & Wilzon Gonzales, Year 2014
Sandy Kemper & Wilzon Gonzales, Year 2014
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Bolivian Children
Bolivian Children

Pursuing our goals with the safety of our Smiles Forever clinic family & clients paramount

During the last weeks, Bolivia, the country that hosts our operational programs known to you as (the Smiles Forever community dental clinic, the silver diamine fluoride application program (SDF) and others), have been in peril.  This is because the country of Bolivia, unfortunately, has been experiencing protests of all kinds after presidential elections were declared invalid by international organizations. This in turn led to the resignation of the president, vice president and other members of his cabinet.

The levels of violence and insecurity caused by those who were in favor and those who were against, did not allow us to provide our services with the continuity that always characterized us. To ensure the safety of children and our own work team, we have temporarily suspended most activities, except attending to emergencies.

Smiles Forever is not an organization with any type of political or religious affiliation. We stay out of any situation, opinion or activity of that kind, always keeping the margin of respect for those who are actors or activists in those fields.

Our goal is and will always be helping children, and to be able to provide quality dental care free to those who need it.  That stated, many factors have kept us away from daily work for a few weeks. We will hopefully soon resume our activities with the highest of commitments towards them, and little by little we are already re-routing our calendar in order to reach all our beneficiaries.

Smiles Forever Welcomes CUBE, Breeze of Hope Center as a Beneficiary of Dental Services 

Likewise, even among all the problems that surround us, a new organization joins the already 42 beneficiary organizations of the Smiles Forever Foundation.   CUBE (Centro Una Briza de Esperanza / a breeze of hope center), which is focused on providing legal, psychological and social assistance to minors victims of sexual and physical abuse is a very worthy group we will be honored to help.

During the time that remains in this year 2019, we want to sincerely thank all our volunteers, supporters, donors and anyone who has and pursues the same dreams as us ... dreams of equality, education and health for those children who do not have that privilege, Smiles Forever will continue to fulfill that dream for as long as necessary.

Peace, love and equality for all Bolivians

Giving Tuesday comes but once a year, and for Global Giving it will be all day December 3rd, with a bonus earned from every donation.  We invite you to give as you are able during this 24 hour window when each gift is magnified!

As you have read, our commitment will be for serving the now 43 beneficiary organizations Smiles Forever brings much needed dental care.  Please help us look forward and plan for a brighter year in 2020, as we re-open our clinic and continue with the SDF research.  Thank you everyone for believing that we can all make a difference, even in a challenging 3rd World Country. 

after treatment patient
after treatment patient
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pano 2
Alejandro (S F DIrector) Veronica (CUBE Director)
Alejandro (S F DIrector) Veronica (CUBE Director)
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Smiles Forever, NODK, The Tooth Fairies & UPAL
Smiles Forever, NODK, The Tooth Fairies & UPAL

The arrival of spring in September also brings the arrival of Smiles Forever Foundation, The Tooth Fairies, Shoreline College, NODK and UPAL College teams to the Chapare in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The 5-hour trip from the city to Chapare, specifically Villa Tunari to the Maria del Rosario School, represents a great logistics and investment movement for a common goal ……… to improve the dental health of the children of this school.

For most of the 600 beneficiaries, the program represents their only chance of being treated by a dental hygienist or a dentist within 6 months periods and for some new beneficiaries their first time receiving any type of oral treatment either preventive or restorative.         

The conjunction of our work focuses on the application of Silver Diamine Flouride, a product that allows us to eliminate active tooth decay, education in prevention is also carried out, nutrition and tooth brushing, Dental extractions and the beginning of a new stage on the program: Dental extractions and fillings with Glass ionomer Cement and resins that complete the aesthetic part of treatments aimed at permanent teeth.

 During our last visit a few days ago we were also part of an informational assembly organized by the school to be able to inform and answer the parents' questions about treatments and dental health of children attending school, the response was better than expected and the commitment is stronger than before. The school and the parents in collaboration with the Smiles Forever Foundation committed to develop a transitioning dietary program to reduce all types of food and beverages that has a high level of sugar for healthier foods and water, which will reflect in the  reduction of the rate of new tooth decay in the school. Also, a workshop for local dentists in Villa Tunari was held to train them on the benefits of using silver diamine fluoride in community health set ups, obtaining a high response, positive feedback and adding more components to our work

Being a Smiles Forever supporter means being able to give one of those 600 beneficiaries a chance to receive dental treatment ... your support and donations are very important to us and will allow us to extend our work to more children who are in poor oral health with an average of 8.5 caries per mouth in a range of ages from 3 to 20 years.

Maria del Rosario School beneficiaries
Maria del Rosario School beneficiaries
toothbrushing 101
toothbrushing 101
Smiles Forever staff at the school assembly
Smiles Forever staff at the school assembly
SDF, GIC, Resin, dental units at mobile clinic
SDF, GIC, Resin, dental units at mobile clinic
High school beneficiary receiving SDF
High school beneficiary receiving SDF
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S. Kemper & Dr. S. Duffin with Chapare children
S. Kemper & Dr. S. Duffin with Chapare children

For many years April has represented for Smiles Forever a new opportunity to bring and spread our dental care and love to the children of Villa Tunari in Chapare – Cochabamba. This year represents a big step forward in our Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) program.  We are moving towards to the implementation of Glass ionomer compound (GIC) fillings program to provide better care and more esthetic results for permanent teeth. This program will also include sealants. SDF and GIC combined can act as a sealant.

 As part of our organizational objective to bring more dental care to the children, we proceeded to take a sample dental survey and basic medical history of another school in the area (2 miles away). The100 evaluated children from the Heroes del Chaco-San Antonio were used as a comparison group to the children of Maria del Rosario school (initial school of our SDF program since 2016). There was a minimum of 10 cavities per child as opposed to no new cavities in Maria del Rosario. Many dental emergencies, extractions and root canal treatments were needed at Heroes del Chaco-San Antonio.

This results are alarming but our commitment to the children and your support will allow us include this new 480 new children from Heroes del Chaco -  San Antonio School in to our SDF and GIC program.

Visit of Principal C. Aroja from Heroes del Chaco
Visit of Principal C. Aroja from Heroes del Chaco
Heroes del Chaco - San Antonio School facilities
Heroes del Chaco - San Antonio School facilities
Dr. Duffin & Hygienist A. Maldonado during survey
Dr. Duffin & Hygienist A. Maldonado during survey
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Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
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Sandy Kemper
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