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It’s A Girl!

19 Oct 2011

Congratulations to our very own Co-Founder & Executive Director Michelle Patterson on the birth of her daughter Gwen! Our first baby has been born in Project Healthy Smile and how fitting that it is a girl! We already know that this little lady is going to be a true philanthropist and explorer just like her mother. Gwen has already fulfilled 2 missions to Haiti before she was even born! Michelle was such a trooper to travel to Haiti last December and again last May with Gwen. Michelle’s determination just set the precedent for what our new baby Gwen is going to do with Project Healthy Smile in the future.

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We would like to say welcome home to our friend and humble humanitarian Danielle Nyquist. We met Danielle while serving Fondation Enfant Jesus in Haiti. Danielle was the creche’s social worker and a key correspondent for many families adopting from other countries. During this time Danielle had been a huge influence on so many children in need of love and attention. She also carried out the mission of documenting each child’s life through photos, reports and art. She wanted children who are being adopted to families outside of Haiti to have reference of their own childhood and history. We were thrilled to meet Danielle during our stay at FEJ. She was a wealth of knowledge about the community, and an incredibly intelligent woman. Now that Danielle’ position is over, she has come back to the US, and resides in Michigan. We want to not only welcome her home, but also give her a huge thank you for her compassion and generosity.

The following is a heart warming entry to Danielle’s final journal of her time in Haiti (click here to view journal entry).


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FEJ Newsletter Summer 2011 (click on link to view full newsletter). Thank you Fondation Enfant Jesus for your support!

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We brought oral health education, dental supplies and fluoride treatments to over 550 children at a primary school in Lamardelle, Haiti. We had an oral health lesson with the school staff who will implement our program. The children will brush and floss after their meals at school. We also provided our services to women who became amputees after the devastating earthquake. The orphaned children we worked with last December are doing great and all received new toothbrushes. We gave an oral health lesson with the orphaned infant caregivers. Thank you to all our donors and supporters for making our mission a huge success! Pictures from our trip are posted below.

A BIG thank you to Fondation Enfant Jesus for their generous hospitality. To learn more about this fantastic foundation and their programs please visit http://www.fondationenfantjesus.org/.

Michelle Patterson (Co-Founder & Executive Director) with our interpreter teaching children why our teeth are important

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary school children received their own dental kits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollie Mae Schultz (Co-Founder & Executive Director) doing fluoride treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Patterson (Co-Founder & Executive Director) giving fluoride treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Founders & Executive Directors Hollie Mae and Michelle with some primary school children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Patterson (Co-Founder & Executive Director) with our interpreter explaining our oral health program to the teachers of the primary school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Founders & Executive Directors Hollie Mae and Michelle provided oral health education, dental supplies & fluoride treatments to the Haitian Amputee Mother's Alliance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providing our oral health lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollie Mae and Michelle giving fluoride treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary school children ready to learn about oral health, receive their dental kits and fluoride treatments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary school teachers learning about oral health and how to implement our program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our dental kits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy children after their oral health lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children from the creche we worked with December 2010 receive their new eco-friendly toothbrushes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Founders & Executive Directors Hollie Mae and Michelle hand out eco-friendly toothbrushes to orphaned children at the creche we worked with in December 2010

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We just received the cutest toothbrushes we have ever seen! Not only will the donation be serving for our oral health program in Haiti, but the supplies are also eco-friendly, being made of recycled materials. Awesome donation made by the Hasledalen Family in Delano, MN. Thank you for the support! (Preserves brand dental supplies)

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Project Healthy Smile will be at The Lead Project‘s PhilanthroFair Thursday May 12 2011 in Minneapolis, MN!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join us for our next PhilanthroFair at the Graves 601 Hotel to meet with nonprofits who are looking for motivated, talented young professionals.

All participating organizations are in need of board members and skill-based volunteers. This event is a great way to learn more about the amazing work done by area nonprofits, discover ways to get involved and network with other young professionals.

Meet representatives from:

  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Animal Humane Society
  • Citizen’s League
  • CommonBond Communities
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
  • Girls on the Run
  • Guild Incorporated
  • Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
  • The LEAD Project
  • Opportunity International
  • PACER Center
  • Playworks
  • Project Healthy Smile
  • Rebuilding Together
  • ResourceWest
  • Rock Star Supply Company
  • World Without Genocide
  • YWCA of Minneapolis

PhilanthroFair
Thursday, May 12
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Graves 601 Hotel

 

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(Photography by: Rhea Pappas)

Wow! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our second annual Styles For Smiles during MN Fashion Week!
We are thrilled to announce that with your help we raised enough funds for sustainability at orphanages in SE Asia and Haiti for 2011. We are overjoyed and grateful for all the support!
For a recap of the event, please take a look at Susan Marie Dordal’s blog recap: http://senoritasusan.com/2011/04/22/styles-for-smiles-2011/

 

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PHS will be working in Lamardelle, Haiti at the end of next month, May 2011. We will be working with Fondation Enfant Jesus starting an oral health program with their school which educates over 550 children in the local community. We will provide oral health education, dental supplies, and fluoride treatments. We will also follow up with the orphaned children we worked with last December 2010 in FEJ’s Lamardelle creche.

You can support our mission by donating toothburshes, floss and toothpaste. For more inquiries on how you can help please email michelle@projecthealthysmile.org by May 20th 2011. Thank you for your support!

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Project Healthy Smile, KOKOON, Local Motion, SBG DesignsM.Bridget Designs have come together to create a fabulous fashion event for a wonderful cause during MN Spring Fashion Week.

Styles For Smiles Spring 2011 will feature a Runway Show showcasing colorful spring couture by KOKOON & Local Motion Boutique, Wine, Hors d’oeuvres, an Interactive Photo Booth with photography by Serah Sauser, music by DJ Fatty and Mini-Makeovers from Brett Dorrian Artistry Studios – all for FREE.

It will also be a rare private shopping experience as KOKOON Design Studio becomes a modern pop up boutique. Guests can view fresh spring looks on the lovely Ignite models and purchase them right then and there, along with the perfect jewelry pieces from local designers SBG Designs & M.Bridget Designs.

And go home with a goodie-stocked gift bag. Much more fun than shopping at a mall, and all for a great cause: A portion of the proceeds from the clothing and jewelry sales will directly benefit Project Healthy Smile, a Minneapolis based non-profit working to bring oral health education and dental supplies to impoverished and underprivileged children globally.

There will also be a raffle and silent auction to raise money for Project Healthy Smile.

Doors open at 1pm

Runway Show at 2pm

Shopping available until 4pm

Become a fan on Facebook!

FB page: http://www.facebook.com/PHSorg

FB Styles For Smiles page: http://www.facebook.com/stylesforsmiles

 

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