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Oaxaca, Mexico (pronounced wa-ha-ka) is where Simply Smiles began our work in 2003. Today, Simply Smiles is applying our holistic approach across half a dozen project locations in Mexico's most impoverished region.

From the urban center of Oaxaca City to the remote mountain villages of Oaxaca's countryside, Simply Smiles is addressing the symptoms and the root causes of this region's crippling poverty. We believe Mexico's greatest resource are its people. And Simply Smiles works each day to help provide the bright futures that every person deserves.

One out of every five children in Oaxaca suffers from stunted growth, mostly due to malnutrition. [1]

What Oaxacans live on per day. Money sent home from family members living outside Mexico accounts for the third largest source of income statewide. [3]

The percentage of the population deemed “economically inactive” because they have given up looking for work due to a lack of opportunities. [4]

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where: oaxaca, mexico

Oaxaca is located in the southern most region of Mexico and is a state roughly the size of New England.

The overwhelming majority of Oaxaca's population are indigenous peoples, the largest groups being the Zapotec and Mixtec Indians.

Oaxaca City is the state's one urban center and is where half of the 3.5 million residents live. Oaxaca is experiencing a mass exodus of its rural population as people leave their villages looking - almost always in vain - for a better life in Mexico's cities and in the U.S. 

Simply Smiles has program locations in the rural mountain villages and in urban Oaxaca City. 

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Scroll through our slideshows for snapshots into our initiatives in Oaxaca, Mexico.



80% of Oaxaca's municipalities do not meet Mexico's minimum educational standards. [5] Oaxaca struggles to provide basic education for its population - especially those children with disabilities.

At the core of the Simply Smiles holistic approach is our focus on education. 

Simply Smiles builds schools. We provide basic educational support to families and struggling schools. We provide scholarships for all grade levels - including higher education scholarships where exceptional students can study domestically in Mexico or internationally in the United States.


You need to address basic needs before programs that encourage and enable self-sufficiency can be successful. Simply Smiles provides significant and impactful food aid across the state of Oaxaca.

Our emergency aid food distributions have eliminated starvation and severe malnutrition for more than 3,000 people in the villages of southern Oaxaca. School breakfasts ensure that our schools are places where children can concentrate on learning, not on hunger pains. 


Coffee | Sustainability

Every Simply Smiles program is a step on the path to self-sufficiency and sustainability. In the mountain villages of southern Oaxaca the primary reason for the crippling poverty is the collapse of the region's coffee market.

Simply Smiles has a trust and a partnership with thousands of Oaxacan coffee farmers. Together we are forming a cooperative of farmers so that their amazing coffee can be sold in the global market.


To walk the path to a bright future, a child cannot carry the burden of poor health. To effectively work to provide for their families, parents cannot struggle with chronic illness.

Simply Smiles provides specific and preventative medical care where and when it is needed most.

Our latest initiative to eradicate parasitic intestinal infection is saving lives and bringing health to thousands.

Center of Operations

Because of Oaxaca's size, combined with the state's poor road infrastructure, Simply Smiles has built two Center of Operations locations.

Our primary center is in Oaxaca City. This is where our staff lives and manages our programs both rural and urban.

We also have a second satellite facility in the remote village of Santa Maria Tepexipana in Oaxaca's southern mountains. This is our basecamp for all of our rural programs.