Provide Dental Care for 40,000 Bolivian Children!

by Smiles Forever Vetted since 2011 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

The Smiles Forever Dental Hygiene School in Cochabamba, Bolivia provides vocational training for indigenous girls. As part of their training, both staff and students give free dental care to thousands of children a year. These dental hygienist trainees now have a community service project in the remote village of Morochata, where recently 400 children received preventative fluoride care. Some children required critical care, including 77 extractions and medication from overseeing dentists.

$99,900
total goal
$63,516
remaining
71
donors
2
monthly donors
3
years

Challenge

Poor diet, along with virtually no available dental care, has caused a critical health situation. In our 18 years serving the indigenous community, we have treated 40,000 children. For instance, children in shelters have no access to dental care without the Smiles Forever dental hygienist school's outreach program. The girls we educate have a future. We are expanding to provide dental care to two towns, including one in the jungle to give initial and follow-up treatment to school children.

Solution

Smiles Forever is a field-tested international award-winning Dental Hygiene full service program. The students work along side the staff dentist to give free dental care to thousands of needy children each year during the course of their training. Besides offering optimum care at our dental service clinic, we are also broadening our outreach by serving 30 off-site facilities mainly for at-risk indigenous children. One project serves 350 school children in the tropical Chapare district.

Long-Term Impact

We can make a difference in the dental health of a nation with the ever-broadening ripple effect. Smiles Forever educated dental hygienists not only treat thousands during the course of their training, but they also return to work and in other ways serve their community. The graduates have formed a dental hygienist society to help. Our goal is to bring dental care to more indigenous children and their communities at an increased rate. Our successful model can expand quickly to reach more!

Resources

http:/​/​www.smilesforever.org

Organization Information

Smiles Forever

Location: Renton, WA - USA
Website: https:/​/​www.smilesforever.org
Project Leader:
Sandy Kemper
Renton, WA United States
$36,384 raised of $99,900 goal
 
190 donations
$63,516 to go
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