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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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Sisters for Peace on the Reservation 2013: Blog #2

Timothy Nurnberger

Day 3 has come and gone! I have made an amazing connection with a little girl named Jaheida. She came to camp yesterday and right away she showed a shyness to all of us new volunteers. Once I was able to establish trust with her, I was able to see her beautiful spirit and her longing for validation. Each activity we did from playing in clay, riding a bike, to water color painting, she would continuously make eye contact with me in search of my approval. When camp started on day 2 and she wasn’t here, I was genuinely sad. Half way through our first project I felt a small tap on my back turned to see her sweet face with a huge smile standing in back of me. It felt amazing to know that the connection I had felt, must have been mutual because she had sought me out when she arrived at camp today.

Knowing that I have connected with this beautiful child and brought joy to her day is truly what this trip is all about for me. If nothing else, I will forever remember her beaming smile and tender spirit.

XOXO  Becky Outland