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Sponsor a Child • Simply Smiles Home for Children • Oaxaca, Mexico

Sponsor a child

When you sponsor a child living at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in Oaxaca, Mexico you are providing what that child needs for their journey to a bright future.

Child sponsorship is a monthly recurring donation, of any amount, that funds healthful meals, quality education, top medical care, loving staff, and a safe & nurturing family environment. These children need you.

And you’ll see the impact you are making. You’ll receive regular updates on the child/children you choose, as well as monthly emails giving you an inside look at the day-to-day life at the Simply Smiles Home for Children.


agustín

Date of birth: 08/27/2007

Favorite subject in school: Spanish

Favorite color: Black

Learn more about Agustín:

School is what Agustín looks forward to most when he wakes up each morning. But prior to arriving at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in June 2017, Agustín and his siblings (Merari, Misael, and Marisela) were unable to attend school on a regular basis due to the remoteness of their village and the illness of a parent.

Agustín appreciates that he is now able to go to school full time and is a conscientious student. You can often find Agustín at the children’s home starting up a game of soccer or a round of hide-and-seek—but only after he’s finished with his homework, of course. Agustín wants to be a pilot when he grows up and he hopes to visit China one day.

belinda

Date of birth: 06/09/2006

Favorite subject in school: Civics

Favorite colors: Red and blue

Learn more about Belinda:

Belinda arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in August 2017. Prior to her arrival, she lived in a remote village eight hours north of Oaxaca City, where access to the nearest middle school was only possible via a two-hour walk.

Now that Belinda is able to focus on her studies full time, she hopes to become a dentist one day. If she could choose a superpower, she would choose flight—perhaps so that she could travel more easily to her dream destinations of Italy and Paris. Belinda is quiet and fun-loving, and she can often be found helping out in the kitchen. Two of her favorite foods are traditional Oaxacan dishes: memelitas and tlayudas.

Emiliano

Date of birth: 07/02/2009

Favorite subject in school: Natural science

Favorite color: Red

Learn more about Emiliano:

Originally from a remote area eight hours south of Oaxaca City, Emiliano arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in May 2016 along with his three siblings—Susana, Lucia, and Rosa.

Emiliano enjoys both science and math and would like to join the military when he grows up. He like playing hide-and-seek and his favorite sport is soccer. If he could travel anywhere in the world, he’d like to start by exploring the different states of Mexico. One of his favorite activities is accompanying the Simply Smiles staff on trips to downtown Oaxaca and to run errands.

jeniffer

Date of birth: 11/04/2006

Favorite subject in school: Biology

Favorite color: Blue

Learn more about Jennifer:

Jennifer (“Jeny”) arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in August 2017 in order to further her education in Oaxaca City. In her home village, the closest option for middle school was a two-hour walk (or an expensive taxi ride) away.

Jeny would like to be a physical therapist when she grows up. As a diligent student, maintaining great grades is a top priority for Jeny. Her favorite food is tlayudas. Jeny dreams of visiting the Great Wall of China someday. Forever an optimist, she loves the possibility of each new day; if she were to write a book, it would be about happiness.

Jennifer

Date of birth: 01/04/2002

Favorite subject in school: Spanish

Favorite colors: Black and red

Learn more about Jennifer:

Jennifer (“Jeny”) arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in April 2017 and quickly found stability and a loving environment.

While Spanish is her favorite subject in school, Jeny loves to practice English with visiting Simply Smiles volunteers (she already knows quite a bit!). She dreams of traveling the world and hopes to visit the United States one day. Jeny would like to become a lawyer when she grows up. Spending time with her friends from school and the children’s home makes her happy.

lucia

Date of birth: 09/10/2011

Favorite subject in school: Math

Favorite Color: Purple

Learn more about Lucia

Originally from a remote area eight hours south of Oaxaca City, Lucia (“Lucy”), arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in May 2016 along with her three siblings—Susana, Emiliano, and her twin sister, Rosa.

Although Lucy likes to sleep in, she always looks forward to school once she is fully awake. Lucy loves playing with dolls and experimenting with her own fashion choices. When she grows up, she hopes to become a doctor. One day she would like to travel to Spain. What makes her happiest is being able to play with all of her friends at the Simply Smiles Home for Children.

Marisela

Date of birth: 11/18/2012

Favorite subject in school: Math and language arts

Favorite color: Green

Learn more about Marisela:

Marisela arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in June 2017 along with her three older siblings—Merari, Misael, and Agustín—from a village three hours away from Oaxaca City. Due to the illness of a parent, Marisela and her siblings were unable to go to school on a regular basis.

Marisela is energetic and cheerful. Her favorite activities are playing with dolls and joining in a game of soccer with the rest of the kids, despite being the tiniest member of the children’s home family. She would like to visit the United States one day and hopes to be a spy when she grows up! Her favorite superhero is Gaby, the Director of the Home for Children.

Merari

Date of birth: 03/03/2005

Favorite school subject: Spanish

Favorite color: Pink and purple

Learn more about Merari:

As the older sister to Agustín, Misael, and Marisela, Merari can always be counted on to look out for the younger kids at the children’s home. Prior to her arrival in June 2017, she and her siblings lived three hours away from Oaxaca City. Due to the illness of a parent, Merari was unable to go to school on a regular basis.

A hardworking student, Merari wants to be a lawyer when she grows up. If she could have any superpower it would be to dance and sing really well. She loves teaching her favorite game (“la víbora de la mar”) to new volunteers and going for walks. Merari would like to visit New York City one day.

misael

Date of birth: 02/28/2008

Favorite subject in school: Spanish

Favorite color: Blue

Learn more about Misael:

Misael arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in June 2017 along with his three siblings— Agustín, Marisela, and Merari—from a village three hours away from Oaxaca City. Due to the illness of a parent, Misael and his siblings were unable to go to school on a regular basis.

Fun-loving and animated, Misael has a great imagination. Optimus Prime is his favorite superhero, and if he were to write a book, it would be about a boy who slays a dragon. Misael wants to be a doctor when he grows up, and he hopes to visit the United States once day.

Pedro

Date of birth: 06/29/2005

Favorite subject in school: Spanish

Favorite color: Green

Learn more about Pedro:

Pedro arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in September 2016 and has found a stable home and supportive school environment where he can thrive.

Enthusiastic and caring, Pedro wants to be a police officer when he grows up. His favorite game is ponchado (ball tag). Pedro’s favorite food is tacos and he also loves traditional Oaxaca hot chocolate. He would like to visit the United States one day.

His favorite superhero is Gaby, the Director of the Simply Smiles Home for Children.

Rosa

Date of birth: 09/10/2011

Favorite color: Pink

Learn more about Rosa:

Rosaura (“Rosa”) arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in May 2016 along with her three siblings—Susana, Emiliano, and her twin sister, Lucy. Born in a remote region eight hours south of Oaxaca City, Rosa urgently needed medical attention due to complications from her cerebral palsy.

Rosa now receives physical therapy four times a week and attends class once a week. Despite the challenges she faces from her condition, Rosa loves to laugh. She is able to live a healthy and productive life surrounded by her siblings and friends.

susana

Date of birth: 04/22/2007

Favorite subject in school: Natural science

Favorite color: Yellow

Learn more about Susana:

Originally from a region eight hours south of Oaxaca City, Susana arrived at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in May 2016 along with her three younger siblings—Emiliano, Lucia, and Rosa. Susana was eager to avail herself of the greater educational opportunities offered in Oaxaca City.

Susana is a bright and dedicated student who hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. She is helpful and responsible, and often assists her younger sister, Rosa, or in the kitchen at the children’s home. One day she would like to travel to Africa.


frequently asked questions

What does my sponsorship provide?

Your sponsorship will ensure that the child you sponsor receives all the resources they need to have brighter futures: healthful meals, quality education, top medical care, loving staff, and a safe & nurturing family environment. These children need you.

Your monthly gift gives us the financial stability and confidence to fulfill our mission of providing bright futures for the children in our care at the Simply Smiles Home for Children. Your recurring contribution also means that we can expand our programming and opportunities for the next generation of leaders in Oaxaca, Mexico.

What will I receive as a sponsor? What are the updates like?

You will receive a monthly email update giving you an inside look at the day-to-day life at the Simply Smiles Home for Children in Oaxaca, Mexico. You will also receive two updates per year specifically about the child you sponsor that outlines their educational progress, personal growth, and milestones.

Can I communicate with the child I am sponsoring?

Yes! A great way to communicate with the child you sponsor is by sending a letter or photos. If you’ve volunteered previously at the Simply Smiles Home for Children and you have photos from your visit, we encourage you to send them to the child you sponsor. The kids love receiving hard copy photos of themselves with volunteers.

Please send any letters and correspondence to our U.S. headquarters, and a U.S.-based staff member will personally deliver them (and translate them into Spanish, if necessary) to the Home for Children. Our address is:

Simply Smiles
Attn: Child’s name, Simply Smiles Home for Children
1771 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

Can I visit the child I am sponsoring?

Yes, we strongly encourage you to visit the child you sponsor and to see the impact of your sponsorship in person! We host volunteers year-round at the Simply Smiles Home for Children. You can learn more about our volunteer experience in Oaxaca, Mexico here, and you can contact our volunteer coordinator directly to schedule your trip.

Can I adopt the child I am sponsoring?

The children in the care of Simply Smiles in Oaxaca are not available for adoption.

If you are interested in adopting a child from Mexico, you can learn more via the U.S. Department of State website on Mexico intercountry adoption.

Can more than one person sponsor a child?

Yes, a child can be sponsored by more than one person. We will stop asking for sponsors for a child when that child’s needs for the year (tuition, school supplies, meals, clothing, etc.) are fully funded.

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

You can choose to sponsor a child at any amount per month.

How long is a sponsorship commitment?

Sponsoring a child at the Simply Smiles Home for Children is an open-ended, ongoing commitment where you help to provide a child with all of the resources they need to have a brighter future: healthful meals, quality education, top medical care, loving staff, and a safe & nurturing family environment.

Children are kept on our sponsorship program until they are independent adults, at which point, we can help you switch your sponsorship to another child.

Can I sponsor with a check?

Yes. Please reach out to us if you’d like to begin sponsoring a child by check.

Can I send gifts?

We ask that you do not send gifts to specific children at the Simply Smiles Home for Children. There will be times when we may reach out to you as a sponsor and give you the opportunity to provide gifts for special occasions like Christmas or graduations. However, your monthly support allows the staff to decide what is necessary, appropriate, and fair for the children in terms of gift giving throughout the year.

How do I send a birthday card or letter to my child?

Due to the unreliability of the Mexican postal system, please send cards and letters for the child you are sponsoring to our U.S. headquarters. A traveling U.S. staff member will personally deliver your card or letter.

Please address all letters to:

Simply Smiles
Attn: Child’s name, Simply Smiles Home for Children
1771 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880

I can't choose just one child to sponsor! Can I sponsor more than one child? Is there a way to sponsor all of the children collectively?

Yes and yes! If you’d like to sponsor more than one child, simply click the “Sponsor” button below each child whom you’d like to sponsor on this page and fill out a recurring donation profile for each child.

If you really can’t choose, you can sign up here to support all of the children at the Simply Smiles Home for Children.

Can I post about the child I sponsor on social media?

Yes! We encourage you to share your sponsorship experience with your family and friends on social media. In order to respect the dignity and safety of each child, here are a few considerations before you post:

  • Please use just the first name of the child when posting.

  • Please do not post any sensitive details about the child’s background, such as their family history. Ask yourself, “Would I like to be portrayed in the same manner?”

We look forward to seeing the stories you share about the connections you develop with the children in Oaxaca! You can tag us on social media; we are @simplysmilesinc on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Feel free to email us or give us a call at our Connecticut office at 203.810.4041 if you need any photos of the child you sponsor, or if you would like for us to review social media posts, photo albums, or any other content you want to share about your sponsorship experience.

Is my recurring donation tax deductible?

Simply Smiles, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. No goods or services were exchanged for this donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your monthly email donation receipt as your official record. You’ll receive an email receipt upon the successful completion of your donation each month.

How do I cancel my sponsorship?

If you’d like to cancel your monthly sponsorship, you may email us or call us at our Connecticut headquarters at 203.810.4041.

How can I learn more about the Simply Smiles Home for Children?

You can learn more about the Simply Smiles Home for Children here.

Questions about your sponsorship? Reach out to us anytime.

Email us or give us a call at our Connecticut office at 203.810.4041.