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!

Our Smiles Forever charity has been helping indigenous Bolivian people bridge the gap between the hopelessness of poverty and the brighter future of having a marketable job skill to break from the yoke of poverty.

          VISION


“Poverty and gender inequality go hand in hand. Addressing gender gaps in poor countries is not only a moral imperative but also a practical one, given the growing body of evidence which supports the idea that targeting investments in girls and women can help lift entire families and communities out of poverty.”

GOALS
  • To continue to develop and grow our community service clinic that provides quality preventative and restorative dental care to impoverished children in South America.

  • To expand to our Smiles Forever two- year vocational training Dental Hygiene program for indigenous women, to a three-year curriculum which includes university accreditation. This action will make our program more sustainable and will continue to support the community service clinic. 

  • To continue to advance the general health of children in South America through the practice of preventative dentistry.

  • To increase the economic self reliance of indigenous young women in South America.

  • To share our dental hygiene educational program and community service model with developing countries.

 

Vision
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Smiles Forever believes the only way to break the cycle of poverty in developing nations such as Bolivia is to educate young women and girls. The culture may relegate females to second-class status, yet there is no denying that the woman is the primary socializing force of the family. An educated woman practices family planning. An educated woman knows that equal opportunity should be afforded to both male and female children. An educated woman understands and values the importance of prevention when it comes to both medical and dental care. She is less likely to accept domestic violence as a situation she must tolerate. She has self esteem, which allows her to make appropriate decisions within her household, community and country.

YOUR VISION OF A BETTER, HAPPIER AND HEALTHIER WORLD SUPPORTS OUR WORK.  SMILES FOREVER IS SO THANKFUL FOR YOUR ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT.

On April 9th begins a GlobalGiving contest backed by $50,000 which will match your donations of up to $50 by 50%!  Please put Monday April 9th through Friday April 13th on your calendar and invite your kind friends to join this fundraiser where "Little by Little" we can bridge the gap to a better world.

Muchas Gracias

 Sandy has been the executive director of Smiles Forever for the last 15 years. She lives in Cochabamba, Bolivia the majority of the year.  sandykemper@smilesforever.org
SANDY KEMPER, RDH
FOUNDER/FOUNDATION MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT

After 28 some years in the U.S. as a clinical Dental Hygienist, Sandy Kemper founded the Smiles Forever Foundation in Cochabamba Bolivia in 2000. Her first trip to South America was as a participant in a yearly dental humanitarian trip to Cochabamba in 1999. She was taken by the struggle of impoverished woman in Bolivia and the lack of dental prevention for children. The Smiles Forever Foundation was established in 2000 to address these causes. She is one of the recipients of the 2009 RDH Sunstar Award of Distinction and grand prize winner in 2016!

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Chapare children in a tree
Chapare children in a tree

Signpost Just Up Ahead:  Smiles Forever will reach our goal of treating 40,000 Bolivians in 2018!

I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of you who has sustained Smiles Forever's ground-breaking dental work in Bolivia these past 17 years.  We can now change the headline to  'Provide Dental Care for 40,000 Bolivian Children!' Every one of your gifts helps ensure that we can go on helping our community with our upgraded dental clinic in Cochabama where we continue to give optimal care.  We are excited to add out-patient treatment centers as we visit shelters and special needs group homes and orphanages.

  Bolivian Children Sending you the Joy of the Season

New Recurring Donations to Smiles Forever's GlobalGiving projects will receive 100% donations for amounts up to $200 with a 4-month commitment.  This is the easy way to take a minute now to set up monthly payments.  We especially invite our Smiles Forever supporters from our early days to return as faithful partners in this amazing dental charity. 

      The holiday season is upon us and another successful year at Smiles Forever is coming to a close.  Our unique Sliver Diamine fluoride project for 350 children in the Chapare region is heading into its second year. Negotiations to take the Smiles Forever dental hygiene program to the University level are currently under way. The impoverished children for whom we are providing free dental care will reach over 40,000 this next year. We have contracted with over 30 other organizations of children in need. The last 17 years of commitment have made great changes in the lives of the children and young women of Bolivia.

As you are gathering with your friends and family during the holidays, please know just how much your kindness counts in giving better dental health to so many,

'Muchas Gracias'
Sandy Kemper

Chapare boy brushing outside
Chapare boy brushing outside
Chapare youngster with cute hair
Chapare youngster with cute hair
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Vivid colors of the Bolivian market

On GIVING TUESDAY November 28th, Smiles Forever is Guaranteed to earn pro-rated bonus money all day long until 9:00 p.m. Seattle time.  Each and every donation given to our organization during this 24-hour-window will receive a percentage match from the $75,000 in incentive money.  Smiles Forever invites you to donate to your favorite project:  Provide Dental Care for 30,000 Bolivian Children & see your money go even farther in this impoverished Latin American country.  Donations should be between $10 and $1,000 per individual donor.  This GIVING TUESDAY, thanks to the generosity of our GlobalGiving family, will be the prime time our organization can reach a 20 person & $5,000 minimum to be eligible for monetary prizes!

Your gift will support:

1.  Giving dental care to nineteen partner organizations who help marginalized indigenous people--such as children ill with cancer or children whose parents are in jail.

2.  Providing in-clinic care to blind individuals and their families.

3.  Bringing the latest in preventative care thereby stopping the spread of cavities in young children at a tropical school.

4.  Serving the indigenous population from our new clinic in Cochabamba.

5.  Encouraging young women to build upon a career in dental work-- one of our graduated hygienists has become a dentist and has been working for Smiles Forever.

Announcing GlobalGiving Project Leader Nancy Clark Winning a Smiles Forever Gratitude Award

Our presence on GlobalGiving since 2011 has been sustained by Nancy's dedication:

She has been using her writing skills to compose and post 14 projects and 70 reports.  Nancy has been behind the scene interpreting and promoting bonus campaigns both on our original site and on the now integrated British GlobalGiving forum.  Nancy sees that each and every one of you is thanked.  She enjoys reaching out to our recurring givers with updates and expressions of gratitude and news of the joy we receive from making dental care available in Bolivia.  Nancy is the one who takes & interprets GlobalGiving webinars and who turns Terms & Conditions into a more condensed format for our newsletter team and for email campaigns.  Nancy was proud to take part in a lengthy communication seminar as a GlobalGiving experienced project leader.   She has attended two Seattle GlobalGiving meetings with other locally based organizations. The first was an all-day webinar held at the Microsoft campus to launch Youthspark.  Her husband Joe, another longtime Smiles Forever Supporter was also in attendance.  One of his biggest gifts is to encourage Nancy to do this time-consuming work which gives purpose to their lives.

Here's Nancy's description of her award presented at the Latin Night for Smiles:

"I wondered why Sandy placed Joe & me at the key table down front at our sold-out auction. I was bowled over when my name was called and Sandy presented me with a crystal engraved heart.  I have it on a crystal stand sitting on black velvet where it catches sunlight from the window.  At first I thought I could "retire" now that I had reached the pinnacle, but alas Sandy was calling me with my newest urgent GlobalGiving assignment & visa versa.

What I prize more than anything is how thankful Sandy truly is-- for what she has told me many times is how much she relies on my indispensable help.  What I have are the God-given talents which match up perfectly to fill each demanding aspect of serving Smiles Forever, thereby facilitating a bold & warm Smiles Forever profile on GlobalGiving."

 Sandy responds:

"I'm glad Nancy has had enough of basking in the glow of her accomplishments & is back at work. I would have had to find half a dozen people to replace her!"

Shirley soon to graduate
Shirley soon to graduate
Blind Julian with Two Daughters
Blind Julian with Two Daughters
Rural children with toothbrushes
Rural children with toothbrushes

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Smiles Forever New Clinic with Innovative Design
Smiles Forever New Clinic with Innovative Design

Dear Smiles Forever Friends and Supporters,

We write a few lines of thanks for all the support you give us, those who lend us their support recently and those who do it over time. This year represents a pivotal year for us, we moved to a new location. Although it is smaller,  it fits more to our needs, and also represents a change in our goals.  We serve an increasing the number of beneficiaries.  Smiles Forever is opening new doors to a rural community service and new projects that are born day by day.

 Smiles Forever Welcomes Back Foundation Ensenarte & Continues to help Asociacion Vidas

Among the novelties that can be pointed out is that thanks to the initiatives of Smiles Forever and Foundation Ensenarte with a new board, the agreement to provide dental treatment has been revived. Now Foundation Ensenarte has new perspectives, new projects, and of course new dental needs with new beneficiaries. For budget reasons they could not be helped without the support of Smiles Forever. This means your donations have allowed us to again help our friends at Foundation Ensenarte!  Thank you from us and on behalf of so many that you provide dental care.  Good news also is that Asociacion Vidas (Blind Persons), has a new board. New beneficiaries have been identified, along with their families, who will be attended shortly by our dental staff in Smiles Forever.

Coming Attraction:  Smiles Forever Founder Sandy Kemper leads her staff, Shoreline Community College Dental Hygienist Advanced Students, and eminent SDF expert Dr. Stephen Duffin to the tropical Chapare village

During the first week of September we will go to Villa Tunari in the Chapare area of Cochabamba, Bolivia to continue with our project of application of SDF.  During this time, we review our school tooth brushing program, provide dental care, dental cleanings and education to the more than 570 beneficiaries that attend the school Maria del Rosario. Our team will be composed by our Smiles Forever staff, components of the study abroad program members of Shoreline Community College, and Dr. Stephen Duffin, an eminent expert on the use of SDF.

Thank you everyone for helping us transition to a new clinic to serve even more indigenous Bolivians.

Our new practice model is based on more open and community based system where it is easier to interact.

For our local Seattle donors Sandy Kemper extends a special invitation:

Click here for the accessible version SAVE THE DATE!

 

LATIN NIGHT WITH SMILES Saturday, October 14. 5:00p-9:00p.Tango. Tapas. Live Auction! Party with a purpose! Doors open at 5:00p - full program starts at 6:00p. Queen City Yacht Club
2608 Boyer Ave E
Seattle, WA
October 14, 2017 RSVP Save the Date!
Saturday, October 14th Join us for a party with a purpose.

This evening features an exciting live auction, tapas dinner, tango dancers, and other fun surprises. All proceeds support our one-of-a-kind work providing oral hygiene education and prevention in Bolivia. Have a blast while supporting a great cause.

This event is our biggest celebration of the year - don't miss it! Tickets on sale now at www.smilesforever.org

Our mailing address is:

Smiles Forever

PO Box 217

Renton, WA 98178

Another October Happening-- Take Part in a Web event --none other than the popular Global Giving pro-rated donation day on Oct. 6th.  Every donation all day long will receive a percentage match determined at the end of the day based on overall participation.  Our organization is particularly grateful for any and all Global Giving fundraising opportunities.  Mark your calendars for Oct. 6th and tell your friends--near and far.

With my sincere appreciation, Sandy Kemper, Smiles Forever Founder & Executive Director

 

 

Dental Hygienist Shirley with Ensenarte patient
Dental Hygienist Shirley with Ensenarte patient
Dr. Quinteros with Agape Foundation patient
Dr. Quinteros with Agape Foundation patient
Shirley outside new clinic
Shirley outside new clinic
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Bolivian boy with yellow tassel on hat

Read All About Our New Dental Clinic and Exciting Upgrades to Our Dental Hygienist Curriculum

To Our Donors and Supporters:

First of all, thanks once again for your continuous support and commitment to Smiles Forever. Your generosity allows us to provide so many far-reaching dental services to the Bolivian community we have come to love over seventeen years.  Here is a brief report of our ongoing activities and projects:
 
New Location, New Clinic, New Goals
1. This year we took a great step as an institution by relocating our Cochabamba dental clinic. The objective of our move is to obtain greater productivity and efficiency by unifying our community service and general public clinic. With these changes we will be able to have our staff of hygienists and doctors work together as a single team. In short, our idea is now to try to work as a unified whole where all staff will seek to raise the productivity of Smiles Forever.  Together we move forward contributing our all with our commitment, seriousness, responsibility and full knowledge of our mission of service to the indigenous community.
Dr. Nayda Apata becomes full time at our new clinic
2. As you know, Dr. Apata was a graduate student in the Smiles Forever Dental Hygienists program, who, after completing her studies at the institution, sought personal and academic success when she entered the university and graduated successfully from the dental school. For some years now she has been a part of the dental establishment of the institution, working part time at our community service clinic. Fortunately, now Dr. Apata will be working full time in our institution giving us all her commitment and predisposition to advance this project. Currently, Dr. Apata is taking a course in Maxial facial surgery at the dental school of Cochabamba. This curriculum is endorsed by the UPAL (open private Latin American university). This course is sponsored by our institution, so that in the future we will not need to depend on an oral surgeon from outside the Smiles Forever clinic.
I am filled with joy and proud I will be working all my time at the new Smiles Forever clinic----------Dr. Nayda Apata
A new curriculum of 3 years and 3000 hours--An Ambitious Upgrade of Training
3. We will now undertake a new challenge to create an upgraded curriculum  with the help of Sharon Golighltly, RDH. This more comprehensive instruction will be updated and raised from 2000 hours to 3000 hours, with an extension of the career from 2 years to 3 years.
More news will be coming soon as we develop and test our new program.
By increasing the level of skill to give our students the best credentials, we will assure their secure employment in the dental hygiene field---Sandy Kemper, Founder & Director of Smiles Forever
Shoreline Community College dental hygiene students arrive in Bolivia in August!
4. Once again and as part of our community service project in the Chapare province in the tropics of Cochabamba, the  dental hygiene students from Shoreline Community College of Seattle will come to Bolivia as part of a learning exchange.  On August 28, we will jointly form part of the project of prevention and application of SDF in Maria del Rosario school.  Here hundreds of children benefit from the help we provide in caries prevention, a project where not only caries prevention is offered to all the children in the school, but we also offer our services for free in our clinic in Cochabamba to the cases that require of specialized attention. This project has been carried out since 2015, and year after year we have been able to increase the number of children who benefit. We have also reduced the number of caries due to preventive dental care and the application of SDF that we do together with the people of Shoreline.
I am excited to have another opportunity to bring students to Bolivia to work with the Smiles Forever service projects.  Every student will have their life and outlook changed forever with this  international field experience--- Katie Fleming, Shoreline Community College dental hygiene instructor
Plan Ahead for Wednesday July 12th Global Giving 50% Bonus Day Starting at 6:00 A.M. EDT
Please join our Superstar Organization early on the 12th of July to help make your dollars go further with this substantial match from our friends at Global Giving.  Reminders will follow both at our in-person get-to-gether Saturday June 24th between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at a family-friendly event in West Seattle, and also check for updates on our Smiles Forever Facebook site.
I am flying into Seattle from Florida where I have been with my two young adopted Bolivian children who are receiving age-appropriate facial reconstruction for congenital conditions. Our family is so fortunate to receive the care and love from the Miami hospital for children.  Let us all try to be together on what promises to be a sunny day in Seattle to further the family of Smiles Forever and get the word out about our big fall auction coming October 14th at the Queen City Yacht Club--Save the Date!
Sincerely, Sandy
 

Bolivian Chapare schoolgirls
Bolivian Chapare schoolgirls
Chapare girl being treated by Sandy
Chapare girl being treated by Sandy
Overflowing with gratitude for dental care
Overflowing with gratitude for dental care
Making mud cakes & pies-universal fun
Making mud cakes & pies-universal fun
Toothbrushes & a ponytail
Toothbrushes & a ponytail
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Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
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Sandy Kemper
Renton, WA United States
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