contact us

Thank you for your interest in Simply Smiles! We invite you to explore our projects in Oaxaca, Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Reservation, as well as volunteer opportunities in these locations.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Name
Name

18 Reynolds St.
East Norwalk, CT
USA

Dedicated to building bright futures for impoverished children, their families, and their communities.

Simply Smiles blog

Follow our blog and read insights from Simply Smiles staff, volunteers and other individuals whose lives are affected by our work!

Silver Lake in Oaxaca 2013: Blog #3

Timothy Nurnberger

Tuesday was our longest work day of the week so far. We spent the day working at the Center of Operations. The two main projects were building the wall above the bodega, and laying the adoquin. They were both physically difficult, but satisfying in the end. We mixed cement for the mortar, but it wasn’t nearly as challenging as the first day when we mixed cement. Seeing the wall slowly getting higher was empowering because we could see the product of our effort building in front of us. We chipped away at the bottom of the adoquin to make it fit and started to lay it in the driveway. Throughout the day each person realized that they preferred either the adoquin or the roof depending on their rhythm. We ended the day with a delicious spaghetti dinner. When we all hung out after dinner and continued to grow closer, as we all bonded through card games. All together, we all felt accomplished after a hard day’s work, and excited to start another one. DSCN3507

DSCN3552

Today (Wednesday) we were excited to wake up early to visit the ruins at Monte Alban. It was about a 45 minute drive through windy roads, up the side of a beautiful mountain. We had a picnic breakfast that consisted of granola bars, bananas, muffins, and juice boxes.  We spent 2 hours energetically exploring the Zapotec ruins.  It was astonishing to witness the ancient Zapotec ruins that have withstood time for nearly two millennia. We each took a lot of pictures, including a group pyramid picture on top of an actual pyramid.  The steps leading to the top of the ruins posed a daunting climb. Once we were done exploring, we ascended the mountain. On the way back to the van, we were swarmed by street vendors, but we learned to bargain in order to save our pesos.

RSCN3812

We are very tired, and we're writing the blog again tomorrow, so we will finish telling today’s adventures tomorrow!

- Kelly, Julia and Lela

-------------------------

Dear Mom, Dad, Jacob, Friends, and Family,

This has been, and will continue to be an amazing experience.  I am loving my time here, even though the work is very tiring.  I have plenty of treasures to bring back to you, as well as stories.

Love,

Lela