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About Donate A Smile

What We Are About


Donate A Smile is a 501(c)3 public charity operated by the non profit corporation, Help Somebody Unlimited, Inc. The charity's pupose is to relieve suffering and give hope to impoverished persons by assisting in the delivery of dental care to people in areas where access to dentistry is difficult or impossible. We do this by providing dental equipment and materials to dental professionals who are working or are willing to work in areas which are dramatically underserved by dentistry and targeted as a project by Help Somebody Unlimited, Inc.

About Our Founder


Dr. Richard Skowronski was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry in 1987. He has been a family practice dentist in mid Michigan for 25 years, is a member of the American Dental Asociation and the Michigan Dental Association and is a past president of the Saginaw Valley District Dental Society. He began working as a volunteer dentist to the developing world in 1997, and has served in Chad, Haiti, and the Central African Republic. Dr. Rick maintains an active dental practice in Frankenmuth, Mi. He has been happily married for 25 years and has two adult children.
 

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

2013 Brings Ambitious Plans and Much Uncertainty


With the help of many individual contributions, the faithful support of four church congregations, and a generous year end grant of $10,000  by the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy, Donate A Smile launched into a very exciting and ambitious 2013 campaign of bringing dental relief to some of the most under served people in the world. 

The total plan included supplying our Bangui Dental Clinic for all of 2013 (last year they helped nearly 5,000 dental patients!), establishing a new clinic in a town called Berberati, which lies a challenging 15 hour  trek through the Central African wilderness from our first clinic, training 2-3 new national workers in delivery of dental care and sterilization protocols, providing dental care in several remote villages which have absolutely no access to dentistry, and introducing three new American dental professionals to the rewarding work of relief dental work in Central Africa.

Unfortunately, a nation wide outbreak of armed uprising against alleged government injustices caused the cancellation of our January 2013 trip. The violence and general chaos led to the evacuation of American personnel from the country, including the American Ambassador! Daily life is now extremely difficult for our African friends there, with food and other necessities of life in critically short supply, frequent danger from threat of violence, and over 100,000 people of all ages living precariously, away from ravaged homes in the harsh African wilderness, unprotected.

Thankfully, assistance from the international community is slowly returning life to its impoverished normal, and agents from Donate A Smile, including our founder and president, Dr. Rick Skowronski, will be returning to Bangui in April, to assess the situation of its existing clinic, bring needed supplies, do some training, and perhaps deliver care to a remote village (though travel in country is speculative, at this point). 

In June, Dr. Rick will be traveling to Chad to assist a dental evangelistic training team from mPower, an American nonprofit organization which trains national pastors how to provide emergency dental care in remote areas. Dr. Rick hopes that what he learns from the mPower training approach will enable him to provide similar training in Central African Republic (CAR).

Meanwhile, Donate A Smile is having discussions with administrators of a regional mission hospital in Zambia who are seeking assistance in establishing a dental clinic at their facility, and two future trips to CAR are tentatively planned, pending the outcome of the April trip and politico-social developments within the country.

It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times

2013 Brings Ambitious Plans and Much Uncertainty


With the help of many individual contributions, the faithful support of four church congregations, and a generous year end grant of $10,000  by the prestigious Pierre Fauchard Academy, Donate A Smile launched into a very exciting and ambitious 2013 campaign of bringing dental relief to some of the most under served people in the world. 

The total plan included supplying our Bangui Dental Clinic for all of 2013 (last year they helped nearly 5,000 dental patients!), establishing a new clinic in a town called Berberati, which lies a challenging 15 hour  trek through the Central African wilderness from our first clinic, training 2-3 new national workers in delivery of dental care and sterilization protocols, providing dental care in several remote villages which have absolutely no access to dentistry, and introducing three new American dental professionals to the rewarding work of relief dental work in Central Africa.

Unfortunately, a nation wide outbreak of armed uprising against alleged government injustices caused the cancellation of our January 2013 trip. The violence and general chaos led to the evacuation of American personnel from the country, including the American Ambassador! Daily life is now extremely difficult for our African friends there, with food and other necessities of life in critically short supply, frequent danger from threat of violence, and over 100,000 people of all ages living precariously, away from ravaged homes in the harsh African wilderness, unprotected.

Thankfully, assistance from the international community is slowly returning life to its impoverished normal, and agents from Donate A Smile, including our founder and president, Dr. Rick Skowronski, will be returning to Bangui in April, to assess the situation of its existing clinic, bring needed supplies, do some training, and perhaps deliver care to a remote village (though travel in country is speculative, at this point). 

In June, Dr. Rick will be traveling to Chad to assist a dental evangelistic training team from mPower, an American nonprofit organization which trains national pastors how to provide emergency dental care in remote areas. Dr. Rick hopes that what he learns from the mPower training approach will enable him to provide similar training in Central African Republic (CAR).

Meanwhile, Donate A Smile is having discussions with administrators of a regional mission hospital in Zambia who are seeking assistance in establishing a dental clinic at their facility, and two future trips to CAR are tentatively planned, pending the outcome of the April trip and politico-social developments within the country.

Where We Are Working


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Currently, Donate A Smile is assisting in the delivery of dental care in Bangui, Central African Republic, a country about the size of Texas located in the very center of the African continent. Bangui is a city of a million people with only four dentists. It's one of the poorest nations on earth. Life expectancy is around 40. Average income is a dollar a day. Tens of thousands of people are orphaned or widowed, and our research suggests that another three million people live outside the capitol (in the rest of the country), where there are no dentists.
 
It's one of the few places on Earth where people die from dental problems.
 
Surf this website to view photos of the work we're doing (caution: some photos are graphic), see the clinic we are helping to operate, learn about projects we are working on, and get other information about how YOU can plug in and make a difference!

Giving To Donate A Smile


YOU can bring help and hope to suffering people! Traveling to these remote areas might be beyond your comfort zone and providing dental care outside your skill set, but together we can make it happen!
 
Just click the secure link on this website to support our charity through Paypal, and we'll do the work for you! All contributions to Donate A Smile are tax deductible under section 170 of the IRS code (you will receive a receipt!) and will be used to achieve the purpose of the charity (see "What We Are About" and "Where We Are Working").
 
There's no better feeling than to KNOW that you've made someone's life better. Please give to Donate A Smile. You'll have a little less money, but you'll BE a whole lot richer!