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Unspoken Smiles Foundation

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Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Public Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To promote healthy smiles worldwide through community empowerment!

Results: The most effective measurement of our work can be described by a simple ratio- 1:1. We have served over 4,040 children in our target communities in Kurdistan Regional Iraq, Romania, and Haiti, that is over 4,040 children who now have a better opportunity to avoid awful, painful diseases like tooth decay or gum disease for the rest of their lives. Over 4,040 children who are less likely to miss school, or be unable to eat because of the pain from poor oral health. By the end of 2018 we plan to have up to 16,000 children served in the country of Haiti, as well as spread our services into other countries such as India and Mexico. With this project, we could enable an entire generation of children to have the lowest reported cases of tooth decay in history. This, along with the financial benefits of providing work for previously unemployed women will enable Unspoken Smiles to not only improve the health of our target population, but also improve their economy.

Target demographics: at-risks children and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 4,040 children in our target communities in Kurdistan Regional Iraq, Romania, and Haiti.

Geographic areas served: underprivileged communities around the world

Programs: oral health education in classrooms, a fellowship program aiming at providing vocational training to young women, and lastly a global outreach programs in partnerships with like-minded organizations to provide treatment and help repair damaged teeth.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The beauty of Unspoken Smiles is that they brighten the smiles of children all over the world! I love the work they are currently spearheading in Haiti. Volunteering has been a gratifying experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

At a young age, many American children receive a small toothbrush with extra soft bristles, and a small tube of toothpaste with a Sesame Street character on it.

They would say, 'use a small amount of toothpaste, the size of a pea,' and, 'brush in small little circles, go easy on your gums.'

It's such simple advice, yet we take it for granted, because even if you only brush once a week, you most likely are getting a professional cleaning twice a year.

Your teeth are fine; your gums are fine. Every day you eat what you want, chew your nails, and drink a lot of soda. But your teeth are fine.

But not everyone grows up here. Not every child is taught how to brush their teeth, or even given the tools to do so.

Dentists can be expensive or scarce. Because of that there is a high risk you can be infected with a disease that was 100% preventable.

The Unspoken Smiles Foundation believes that every child, in every country deserves to have the opportunity to have a healthy and full smile.

If you believe that too, let's work together.

Review from #MyGivingStory

Max-smithson

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm most grateful to be a member and represent the unspokensmiles foundation in Haiti, we had a great experience to helping many children who needs our precious help, I will continue to support and promote this great initiative.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unspoken Smiles is a wonderful foundation with an amazing goal and success. They are able to reach down one heart and brign out this beautiful shinning smile. Thank you for all you do all over the world and keep up the awesome job.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart. Jean Paul Laurent has a great business mind and he does everything with heart. Unspoken Smile couldn't ask for a better leader.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year, I received the amazing opportunity to become apart of Unspoken Smiles first as a volunteer, then became Chair of the Campus Chapters Committee. Jean Paul's dedication to the organization is astounding, he is truly engaged and fully involved in truly making a tangible difference to combat global oral cancer and tooth decay. So far, the organization has expanded to Cornell University and Iona College and will continue to spread and raise awareness and funds for impoverished areas that have the most critical need for children's education on proper oral health and access to dental care. Without my involvement in this organization, I would never have known the extent to which oral cancer and tooth decay pervades globally and how so many continue to lack access to dental care. With Jean Paul and all of Unspoken Smiles' dedicated volunteers, we have been able to raise funds to bring proper education and access to dental care for children in need and instill knowledge and awareness of such a pertinent issue in the United States. Unspoken Smiles is a truly unique foundation in its focus on such a specific, yet critical issue that many nonprofits do not dedicate enough attention to. It has already achieved so much this past year and it will only continue to grow. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to participate in such a wonderful organization, 5 stars is not nearly high enough to convey my dedication and admiration of Jean Paul's work and the Unspoken Smiles Foundation as a whole!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Unspoken Smiles Foundation has continued to amaze me. I am so happy to continuously help and support an organization such as this one. The effort and tangible results that have progressed is unparallel. Jean P. Laurent continues to prove himself and devotes his hard work to enhance and further the impact this foundation has had.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel very fortunate and honored to volunteer for such a great cause and organization unspoken smiles under the leadership of Jean Paul Laurent. The organization is helping to improve oral health amongst underserved children and educating them towards living a healthier lifestyle. Jean Paul is a great leader, mentor and team player whose mission is to serve the community.
Great work Jean Paul !

3 Shreyas P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having joined as a volunteer, what I love about Unspoken Smiles is their passion and dedication towards making a difference in the world. I have to say that the founder Jean-Paul Laurent is as likeable as he is humble and it was his passion towards his undertaking that got me inspired and interested.

4 Przha R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unspoken smiles foundation keeps supporting and encouraging us at Team Kurdistan to promote oral health and has enriched our souls with love for volunteering and educating our surroundings to increase hygiene promoting activities.
With unspoken smiles foundation, we got the opportunity to deliver what we know so as to help children of our community protect themselves against dental and communicable diseases and direct them to receive treatment when necessary.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was so inspiring and fantastic we had a week which we focused on primary schools and preschools we spent time with the children and gave them alot of intructions about their health amd oral hygiene and motivating them to take care of their teeth

4 Muhamad R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so many things from our experience and i have spend good time with friends and thanks.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very useful experience it helps alot ,we could help out childrens to have more information about thier teeth and how to keep them healthy we refered many of them to dentists and we get back positive responses from many clinics

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a newly dental school graduate , Unspoken smiles has enabled me to serve my community in such a time of need when there are thousands of IDP s recently displaced from their home towns , its astonishing how a newly founded nonprofit could create such impact in more than 4 countries in a short time , And I'm privileged to be a part of Unspken smiles , creating a difference if even so little , and helping the underserved unprivileged children of my community .

3 Niga S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is very helpful and most of the members are qualified and very hardworking.

3 Hezha K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have recently joined this amazing organization as country representative and international consultant, We have delivered the school based program to 950 children in Kurdistan Regional Iraq, and we are currently planning to reach out to the refugee camps in Kurdistan, our plan is to reach 1000 children in the camps by January 2017.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

They're doing such great work! Highly recommend! The story behind its founder is inspirational and tells of the hard work and passion he put into Unspoken Smiles.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

A native of Haiti and actively involved in organizations supporting children in Haiti and globally, I find Unspoken Smiles, its Founder and Board to be sharing a necessary service to children and to our global community.

Their compassion and dedication is impressive and we will continue to support Unspoken Smiles inspired work.

5 DrZee M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a dentist who is part of the smile train,the foundation has helped with education and sensitization of the general public about the importance of their oral health.

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am amazed by the commitment to children, public health education and oral health.

Unspoken Smiles Foundation is dedicated to its cause and works tirelessly for children in every region it serves.