Help us train young women in under-served communities to provide dental care for the world’s most vulnerable children.
The Unspoken Smiles Foundation seeks to address two of the most critical problems facing impoverished communities around the world: poor oral health, particularly in children, and inadequate access to viable career and earning opportunities for women.
How it Works
The Unspoken Smiles Foundation provides fellowships for young women ages 18-35 to become dental assistants, capable of educating their communities about the importance of oral health and providing early interventions for children through oral hygiene assessments and dental cleanings. Our fellowships give young women lifelong earning potential, help increase women's participation in the labor force, and grow the local economy.
Unspoken Smiles supports mobile health clinics that provide free services to children under the age of 17, including in-school visits and oral health lessons, and give steady, well-paid employment for our fellows.Your contribution will support our pilot programs in Haiti, Kurdistan, and Romania and help spread the Unspoken Smiles model for oral health, education, and economic growth to communities in need around the world.
Each fellow is assigned a Dentist and Dental Hygienist who functions as a mentor and provides personal and professional guidance as they navigate their new career. The benefits of this are many because not only are these women attaining a higher degree of educational and economic opportunity free of charge, but the denizens of these developing countries, who often have no access to dental care, are able to receive treatment on a consistent, local basis.
Beyond providing educational opportunities, the fellowship is enabling these women to overcome the limits of gender stratification because, according to a recent study by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), “poverty is the biggest barrier to gender equality.” And this is why programs like the Unspoken Smiles Fellowship are the key to sustainable parity, because, with economic independence, women begin to overcome the subjugation that keeps them second-class citizens. But such independence is only achieved through an income that allows for an adequate standard of living, which, upon graduation, is precisely what the fellows can expect.
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