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Simply Smiles provides bright futures for children, families, and communities. The organization partners with populations in need to create physical and emotional environments where suffering is alleviated and from which local leaders can emerge.

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Big Day on the Reservation

Timothy Nurnberger

This week we are lucky enough to have 5 individuals from Jamaica working with us on the Reservation.  Their presence is a joy, and it reflects the depth of the commitment to helping our friends here.  After much travel, we asked Henroy to share his reflections with you: We arrived in the Indian Reservation of South Dakota on Saturday evening after a full day’s travel, with great expectations. For the Jamaicans it was two days of travel. Our mission is to make life better for those whom we are able to help.

The work started in earnest today on three projects - the repair of two houses and on the roof of the community centre in which we are housed, after a delicious meal with the people of the reservation last evening.

We were back at base after four hours of work. We had lunch and prepared for Summer Camp with the children of the Reservation. Camp took the form of a story depicting a value, Art and craft, lessons in juggling and games. It was then to the Missouri River for a swim and back to supper and drumming by some members of the Reservation.

It was indeed a very fulfilling day as we interacted with home owners where we worked, and listening to stories of persons who came to talk with us. Every activity, from working on the projects to interacting with the children at camp and the adults who told us their stories, to swimming in the river, made the day special.

We thank God for this wonderful opportunity to touch lives. We anticipate a week of joy and satisfaction. For it is as we reach out to others that our lives are fulfilled and joy and happiness are realized in our lives.